So last night, I was out to watch Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Ze Musikal at CCP. I went alone but I still had a lot of fun. The play was hilarious and Eula Valdes was wonderful as the eponymous role.
Zsazsa Zaturnnah is about a gay beautician named Ada who gets hit by a large rock while in the shower. Urged by his assistant to swallow the rock a la Darna (with a quip of “Parang hindi ka sanay sumubo ng malaki” or “It’s not as if you’re not used to putting big things in your mouth”), he becomes Zsazsa Zaturnnah, a voluptuous female superhero who has to save Ada’s town from the intergalactic femme fatale Queen Femina Suarestellar Baroux and her bevy of assistants – Sharon C., Nora A., Dina B., and Vilma S.
The show was really campy but I think that’s what made it funny, plus the references to pop culture. I especially loved that bit about how Sharon Cuneta’s Marie France ad isn’t real.
Since I was alone, I was sandwiched between two gorge guys, who were both leaning in to read the booklet I bought. I wanted to share (in exchange for a number or dinner) but I was pressured because I didn’t know who to offer it to. Forgive me, it has been a while since I went out on a date.
After the play, I decided to walk to Malate to check the scene out. I haven’t been there in more than four years and I wanted to see what happened to what I once called The Gay Mecca. I was surprised because it was empty for a Saturday night. It looked sad and abandoned, not like what it was when I used to go there. Oh, well. They were probably in the Taylor Swift concert.
Note: going out on your own is a lot of fun but walking an entire city block in expensive leather shoes is definitely not.
I suggest you guys go out and watch Zsazsa Zaturnnah. You may purchase tickets here. The play is based on Carlo Vergara’s graphic novel and is adapted for the stage by Chris Martinez.