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Hairspray updates

Guess what these are?

Two tickets to the gala production of Hairspray! Yay!

I also was able to get my hands on some press photos showing the cast--unfortunately, Michael de Mesa is not in his fat suit, and apparently Corny Collins is not considered a big role, since I don't know who's playing him or what he looks like. The guy doing Link, despite his name being the same as mine, looks suspiciously gay, and Nyoy Volante is cute in his Seaweed outfit--I have high hopes for him. I do hope newbie (in the tradition of all who played Tracy) Madel Ching pulls it off--she looks REALLY out of breath in this interview by ClickTheCity--she'll need a lot of lung power for those high notes. Again, where the heck is Corny?!

Corny Collins--missing in action.

Penny and Seaweed--pwede!

I'm set to watch Hairspray on November 13, with Jeremy and Avi. My thanks go out to Joseph, who supplied the free orchestra seats. Can't wait! Wheeeeee!!!

Song of the moment

Last week it was 'Without Love' from Hairspray, right now it's Gary Granada's 'Mabuti Pa Sila'.


Mabuti Pa Sila
Gary Granada

Mabuti pa ang mga surot, laging mayrong masisiksikan
Mabuti pa ang bubble gum, laging mayrong didikitan
Mabuti pa ang salamin, laging mayrong tumitingin
Di tulad kong laging walang pumapansin

Mabuti pa ang mga lapis, sinusulatan ang papel
At mas mapalad ang kamatis, maya't maya napipisil
Napakaswerte ng bayong, hawak ng aleng maganda
Di tulad kong lagi na lang nag-iisa

Ano ba'ng wala ako na mayron sila
Di man lang makaisa habang iba'y dala-dalwa
Pigilan n'yo akong magpatiwakal
Mabuti pa ang galunggong nasasabihan ng 'mahal'

Kahit ang suka ay may toyo at ang asin may paminta
Mabuti pa ang lumang dyaryo at yakap-yakap ang isda
Mabuti pa sila, mabuti pa sila
Di tulad kong lagi na lang nag-iisa

Mabuti pa ang simpleng tissue at laging nahahalikan
Mabuti pa ang mga bisyo, umaasang babalikan
Mabuti pa sila, mabuti pa sila
Di tula…

What gives a girl power and punch? Is it charm, is it poise? No, it's HAIRSPRAY!

One of the things I've been looking forward to in 2008 (besides 13th month pay) is Atlantis' local version of Hairspray, the hit broadway musical--which was also made into a movie starring Zac Efron, James Marsden (t3h m4n!),  Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and John Travolta as a woman.
Anyways, I've just run across news about the cast--beginning with the legendary Dulce as Motormouth Maybelle, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Velma, Nyoy Volante as Seaweed, and Michael de Mesa in John Travolta's female role. The original article, from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, is here. Just ignore Sam and Anne, scroll down a bit, and you'll see it.
I am beside myself. Nyoy as Seaweed! Holy crap! How cool is that? I just hope he can dance as well as he can sing. And although I originally hoped Lyn Sherman would be playing Velma, I'm quite confident Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo will do one hell of a job as the musical's main antagonist and resident…

A wayfarer's short prayer

I set out on a narrow and broken road long ago,
and now I pray and hope I'm nearing the end,
nearing home.