Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! Is a Major Throwback to the '70s
It was a time of lofty dreams and powerful protests.
(SPOT.ph) After a throwback to the '90s with the premiere of Ang Huling El Bimbo in July, another show will be bringing us further down memory lane. 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live present Eto Na! Musikal nAPO, an original musical inspired by the story and songs of Filipino musical group APO Hiking Society. It is set to run from August 3 to 26 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater at Bonifacio Global City.
"In 2013, Boboy Garrovillo lightly suggested we make a musical using their songs. I remembered his story on how APO started and evolved when we did a play together in 2003. And I knew that’s what I wanted the musical to be about," writer-director Robbie Guevara told members of the press.
Expect an homage to one of the dreariest yet hopeful decades in our history—bell-bottomed jeans, platform Oxfords, Chuck Taylors, peace signs and doves, protest cards, and "Bayan Ko" on loop. Amid the poverty and violence during the era of Martial Law, a group of college students try to win a singing and songwriting competition. Life seems to be carefree and perfect at first, but it doesn't take long before reality hits and challenges their dedication towards their passion. Aside from telling the journey of the APO, which was founded in 1969, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO also sheds light on what most Filipinos went through 40 years ago under the Marcos regime.
Leading the cast is Mark Bautista, together with Jon Philippe Go, Jobim Javier, Alfritz Blanche, Jef Flores, Jon Abella, and Vyen Villanueva. Joining Guevara behind the curtains are Daniel Bartolome as musical director and PJ Rebullida as choreographer.
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! runs from August 3 to 26 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, 26th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets, priced from P1,500 to P3,500, are available through Ticketworld.