Everyone has been talking about Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical which premiered on Youtube over the weekend. Filipinos can’t seem to get enough of it—it was all over Facebook and Twitter, but no one is complaining.
A jukebox musical written by Dingdong Novenari, Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical features the music of the famous 90’s band, Eraserheads. And while it brings about the nostalgia of the 90’s through its feel-good songs of the decade, Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical is actually more than just a throwback musical. It is a play that highlights the values of youth, friendship, love, acceptance, and other socio-political issues that remain relevant today.
Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical is clearly a powerful masterpiece. Full House Theater Company even announced on Facebook that the online show has garnered 7 million views online within its 48 hours of airing.
“Maraming salamat sa lahat ng aming nakasama—sa 7 Million na nanood, sa mga nagpuyat, nakitawa, naki-iyak, nag-essay writing, nag-like, nag-comment, nag-share, at higit sa lahat, nag-donate! Sana kahit paano ay nabigyan namin kayo ng ligaya sa panahong ito,” The production wrote.
So, if you fell in love with Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical, here are some other local play productions that you might also want to watch:
The Kundiman Party by UP Playwrights’ Theatre
The Kundiman Party tells the story of a retired singer, Maestra Adela Dolores, and her belief in the transformative power of the Kundiman art song. The musical is directed by Dexter M. Santos, and was originally staged at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater of UP Diliman in April 2018 but was then re-staged in 2019 at the PETA Theater Center.
Fathers & Sons by UP Playwrights’ Theatre
Fathers & Sons (“Mga Ama, Mga Anak”) is a short play written by National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin. The production is directed by the legendary Tony Mabesa who remained faithful to Virgilio Almario and Jose Lacaba’s translation of the play. Fathers & Sons introduces the audience to the dying Zacarias Monzon, a self-made man who earned his “karitela king” reputation in his heyday.
Ang Nawalang Kapatid by Dulaang UP
Ang Nawalang Kapatid is written by Floy Quintos, accompanied by Ceejay Javier, and directed by Dexter M. Santos. This musical is an adaptation of the Indian great epic that revolves around the battling royal families of the Pandavas and Kauravas.
Ang Bagong Cristo by Dulaang UP
A socialist drama written in 1907 by Aurelio Tolentino, Ang Bagong Cristo revolves around the story of Jesus Gatbiaya—a labor leader whose teachings have empowered fellow laborers to fight against social injustice and inequality. It is a modern take on the story of Jesus Christ and is directed by Alexander Cortez.
Adarna by Dulaang UP
Adarna is based on the epic poem, Ibong Adarna. It tells the tale of an epic quest of three princes in search of the mythical Adarna bird that is believed to heal their ailing father, the king of Berbanya.
Lysistrata ng Bakwit by Tanghalang Ateneo
Lysistrata ng Bakwit draws inspiration from the conflict in the city of Marawi. The production reveals the distressing situations of the evacuees as families are forced away from their homes due to the recurring territorial clan wars.
Layeta Bucoy’s Lolo Doc by Tanghalang Pilipino
Lolo Doc is a monovlog written by Layeta Bucoy with Tanghalang Pilipino Artistic Director, Tatang Nanding Josef.
Rated: PG by PETA Theater
Rated: PG tells the the story of Joselle, a hardworking mother of two who is torn between taking a job abroad or staying in the country to be with her youngest child. The play is directed by Mae Quesada-Medina, with music accompaniment by Vincent A. DeJesus.