Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady: The Musical (KPANLL), under Dalanghita Productions, opens this weekend at the PETA Theater. I was glad to be one of the people who first saw it. And I must admit that I am really entertained to say the least.
KPANLL is based on Carlo Vergara’s one-act play and graphic novel. It became a two-hour musical from then and it involved a lot of social commentaries.
The musical features the talents of Bituin Escalante / Frenchie Dy as Mely, Kim Molina / Natasha Cabrera as Viva, Markki Stroem / Hans Eckstein as Leading Man, May Bayot-de Castro as Nanay, and Menchu Launchengco-Yulo as Madre de Dios.
The musical centers around sisters Mely and Viva, who are different in personalities, and their efforts to make ends meet. Mely becomes employed in the superhero household and Viva is used as a pawn by the opposing super villain group.
The rest of the plot line, I leave it up to you so you should watch!
First and foremost, thank you for casting Markki Stroem! I haven’t had the chance to hear Hans Eckstein, but I have loved Markki’s voice ever since I heard him in the first season of Pilipinas Got Talent. And, apparently, he had the chops to be a real Leading Man. He’s got the charms, the voice, and a good chemistry with her love team.
Bituin Escalante, too, could not be faulted. I really love her since I don’t know when. I got excited that she will be doing Mely for the performance we’ll be watching. She embodied Mely perfectly.
I could not say anything but praise to the supporting cast. I especially like Domi Espejo as Senyor Blangko and Gianina Ocampo as Nena Babushka. Their roles had me stirring, laughing, and heart broken.
One thing I was worried about was the size of the stage. There were times that I fear for the performers because of the number of activity they’re doing and someone might just slip and tumble. Good thing that nobody did!
On the other side, I loved the music! There were really good songs! Props to Vincent de Jesus who penned and gave music to the lyrics! I hope they’ll be selling albums of the music!
Lastly, but definitely not the least, if you think a little deeper, you’d see the message the musical wants to send across. There’s about the complexity of interpersonal relationships – how things don’t look like what they seem to be. There is about how your actions may cause a dozen different and isolated effects.
The one that I like the most is how we patronize stuff or items or people that are foreign to us. How could we not be more accepting those that are locally-made or native?
At the end of it, KPANLL is a joy to watch. If you’re looking for a place to go after work or you don’t have to do anything on a weekend, watch KPANLL. They’re showing every day at the PETA Theatre from now until June 7.
You’ll laugh, cry, be amazed, get heart broken, have tingly feelings in your special place, and, most of all, be proud that we have avenues like this to show what Filipino talent is all about!
Leading Man left this on my playbill. I really enjoyed. I really did.