With the recent creative success of the film, the author decided to bring it back to a live audience where it gained first notice by the public’s eye.
Changing Partners playwright Vincent DeJesus is thrilled to announce the comeback of his musical to the PETA stage on May 11, 830pm; May 12, 3pm; May 13. 3pm and 8pm; May 19, 3pm and 8pm; and May 20, 3pm. The said production that won the Best Full-Length Play at the 67th Palanca Awards, the Audience Choice Award at the 2017 C1 Originals Film Festival and the Indie Movie of the Year at 2018 PMPC Star Awards; promises to have some changes in its upcoming staging.
“Since we’re moving into PETA’s main theater we will now have a bigger and more realistic set,” said DeJesus.“There will be changes in the blocking because of the wider stage, some dialogues were reworked and tweaked. All the songs were rearranged for the piano and cello.”
The musical is considered to be one of the most successful theater productions that was able to cross over from stage to the silver screen. The said ‘passion project’ starred Agot Isidro, Jojit Lorenzo, Anna Luna and Sandino Martin.
Apart from reaching more audiences in this latest mounting of the musical, Vincent shared that this will probably be the last run with the original cast.
“After this run most of the actors, if not all, will move on to other projects. We’ve been doing this material for almost two years now.”
In its movie version, Isidro and Lorenzo were declared Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively at the C1 Originals Film Festival. It also earned three awards – the Best Director for Dan Villegas, Best Music for De Jesus and Best Editing for Marya Ignacio.
Recently, the film is also nominated at the 66th edition of Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (known as FAMAS, again, Agot and Jojit are vying for the Best Actress and Best Actor categories.
For a small musical play and then a movie and now back onstage, Vincent hopes that, “This run we’d like to try different attacks on the characters. Challenge their characters’ objectives.
It’s always fun to discover new things about Alex and Cris; their fears, their dreams, their frustrations, their secrets.”