The Ang Huling El Bimbo Cast Returns to the Stage With Ely Buendia in 2020

It's a major throwback to your favorite Eraserheads songs.

(SPOT.ph) Fans of Ely Buendia were surprised when the former Eraserheads frontman performed with the cast of Ang Huling El Bimbo on December 8 at Newports Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City. And when we say "performed," we mean: exchanged a few lines and acted out a few scenes as part of a narrative written by Dingdong Novenario and directed by Jamie Wilson. If you missed this once-in-a-lifetime performance of the otherwise soft-spoken musician, then here's your chance to finally see it. Ely Buendia: A Night at the Theater is returning to the stage on February 20, 2020, 8 p.m., still at Resorts World Manila.

This poster was released on the Ely Buendia Facebook page on December 23, 4:30 p.m. The news was later confirmed by Resorts World Manila's Public Relations in an exchange with SPOT.ph. Ely Buendia / Facebook
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If you've seen Ang Huling El Bimbo, a musical told through the songs of Eraserheads, then you might be familiar with its story: three friends from college come together in an unlikely reunion and look back at how their lives have changed. In A Night at the Theater, Buendia pretends to be part of the gang—as himself—and sings a few songs with the cast. Gian Magdangal, OJ Mariano, Jon Santos, Carla Guevara Laforteza, Reb Atadero, Boo Gabunada, Topper Fabregas, and Tanya Manalang joins this special staging.

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"It took a week for me to process this experience. And what an experience. They say do what scares you and I haven’t been this scared in a while. This was a leap into the unknown and I would have turned around and went home if it weren’t for the people who stretched their arms out from across the abyss saying “jump, it’s all right, we’ll catch you!" wrote Buendia on Instagram after the first run.

Ely Buendia with the Ang Huling El Bimbo cast (L-R): Boo Gabunada, Topper Fabregas, Reb Atadero, Tanya Manalang, Carla Guevara Laforteza, Gian Magdangal, Jon Santos, and OJ Mariano  
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz
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PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

Ely Buendia: A Night at the Theater (The Repeat) is on February 20, 2020, 8 p.m. at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Pasay City. Tickets will soon be available through Ticketworld.

Main photo from Ely Buendia on Facebook.

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