One of the musicals I’m looking forward to this year is Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical. I wasn’t able to see when it was first staged in 2018, so I was excited when I heard it’s returning. This time I won’t miss it when it makes it comeback this July.
Binondo tells the love story of Lily, a Filipina nightclub singer, and Ah Tiong, a mainland Chinese scholar. It spans two decades in two countries, and is set against China’s cultural revolution and the 1971 Mid Autumn Festival in Manila’s Chinatown.
What makes this musical a must-watch is its star-studded creative team. The director is Joel Lamangan, the multi-awarded film, TV, and theater director behind films like Rainbow’s Sunset, Mila, Mano Po, and more. The book and lyrics are written by Ricky Lee, a screenwriter who has worked with the likes of Lino Brocka (Jaguar) and Ishmael Bernal (Himala). The music is composed by Von de Guzman, whose scores have been recognized by the Metro Manila Film Festival, the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (FAMAS), and more. Lastly, the choreography was designed by Douglas Nierras, dubbed by National Artist for Dance Leonor Orosa Goquinco as the “quintessential choreographer.”
The cast of Binondo is just as impressive. Sheila Valderrama-Martinez will play Lily, and she will be paired with Arman Ferrer as Ah Tiong. Joining them is Noel Rayos as Carlos, a local Chinese man who is also close to Lily.
Also part of the cast are Mariella Laurel (Jasmine); Jim Pebangco, Lorenz Martinez, Khalil Kaimo, Rhapsody Li, Ellrica Laguardia (Koro); Ima Castro (Mrs. Dela Rosa); Ashley Mickaela Factor (Rubi); Dondi Ong (Mr. Chua); Kay Balajadia (Mrs. Chua); Jennifer dela Cruz (Lourdes); Elizabeth Chua (Mrs. Zhang); Russell Magno (Mr. Zhang); Jonel Mojica (Ge Lao); and Philip Deles (Swing).
You have to act fast if you want to catch Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical since the show will be limited. We have to thank the Maritess Alava-Yong Foundation for this re-staging. The foundation was set up by Micky Yong for his late wife after he discovered that she was secretly extending financial support to impoverished communities deprived of decent housing. Since then, the non-profit has contributed more than P130 million to carry out its mission.
This story is in partnership with Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical. The musical will be staged from July 12-14, 2019 at The Theatre at Solaire. For tickets, call Ticketworld at (02) 891 9999 or visit the website. For more information, visit the Binondo website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Follow the conversation at #BinondoTsinoyMusical2019 and #Binondo2019.