Bit by Bit Company, in cooperation with the PETA Theater Center and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, has announced the slated staging of “Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros,” a coming-of-age musical about a gay teen who is torn between his love for a young cop and his loyalty to his family.
Based on Michiko Yamamoto’s screenplay “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” (ufo Pictures, 2005), “Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” features book and lyrics by Nicolas B. Pichay, music by William Elvin Manzano, JJ Pimpinio, and Janine Santos, and direction and choreography by Dexter M. Santos.
“Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” tells the story of Maxie who belongs to a family of crooks living in a downtown community where daily living is a struggle to survive, in ways legal or not.
Maxie grows up as a cheerful adolescent with the help of his friends, overcoming hurdles through banter, romantic movie marathons and improvised beauty contests. Without a mother, he takes care of the needs of his family members, who shower him with their unconditional love. However, Maxie’s devotion and loyalty to his family, together with his unassuming innocence, will be challenged when he falls in love with Victor, who is not only older, but epitomizes the person Maxie’s family considers an enemy. As Maxie pursues Victor, their relationship shakes Maxie’s family’s relationship, and even affecting his entire community.
The cast is led by Jayvhot Galang (Maximo Oliveros), Roeder Camañag and Nazer Salcedo (alternating as Paco Oliveros), Jojo Riguerra (Victor Perez), Al Gatmaitan and OJ Mariano (alternating as Boy Oliveros), and Jay Gonzaga (Bogs Oliveros).
The other members of the cast are Aaron Ching (Nar), Nomer Limatog, Jr. (Leslie), Teetin Villanueva (Monique), Eo De Guzman and Merdin Mojica (alternating as Peter), and Greg de Leon (Chief Dominguez).
The ensemble is composed of Ruth Alferez, John Paul Basco, Jules Dela Paz, Irene Delarmente, Elliot Eustacio, Karyl Factora, Jim Andrew Ferrer, Francelle Fetalvero, Al Bernard Garcia, Jeffrey Hernandez, Ronah Rostata, and Christian Velarde.
The band is composed of William Elvin Manzano and Rigil Borromeo (Guitar), Van Quiaong (Keyboard), Jonah Ruiz (Drums), and Allen Mamaid (Bass).
“Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” will run from November 9 to December 8, with shows on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8:00 PM and matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 PM. All performances are at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City.
The other members of the artistic team of “Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” are John Neil Ilao Batalla (lights designer), Gino Gonzales (production designer), Ohm David (technical director), Emman Feliciano (assistant director), Stephen Viñas (associate choreographer), and Arkel Mendoza (additional music).
“Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” is the second offering of Bit by Bit Company which produced Dulaang UP’s “Orosman at Zafira”. Bit by Bit Company is composed of Atty. Darwin Mariano (executive producer) and Carlo Miguel Francia (associate producer). Assisting them are the rest of the production team, namely: Nicole Andrew Guila (production manager), Loraine Macatangay (stage manager), Lexie Bartolome (assistant stage manager), Cheska Cartativo (props head), Henzy Manalaysay (props assistant), Nica Marcelo (costume head), Darwin Desoacido (costume assistant), Simon Tiukinhoy (sounds boardman) and Miggy Panganiban (lights boardman). The marketing and publicity team is composed of Marvin Ray Olaes (marketing head), Toots O. Tolentino (publicist), David Fabros (photographer), Pow Santillan (logo design) and Ron Misayah and Jan Evert Tagle (graphic designers).
The screenplay of “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” was made into a film directed by Auraeus Solito and produced by ufo Pictures in 2005. It was the Philippines’ official entry to the 2007 Academy Awards.
“Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” is being presented in cooperation with The Skin Sanctuary, Hardin Creekside Resort, Dole Packaged Foods Philippines, Bed Manila, Make Up Store, Party Rack, Regine’s Boutique, Tunog at Liwanag sa Teatro, Camp Suki, Crystal Clear, Lyric Piano, Moonleaf Tea Shop, Headway Vera Salon, Pond’s, Party Solutions, and Wacoal.
Media sponsors of “Maxie The Musicale: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” are MYX, Solar News Channel, People’s Television, Crossover FM, Business World, Circuit Magazine, Outrage Magazine, ClickTheCity.com, HerWord.com, WhenInManila.com, Pinas Music Zone, www.angsawariko.com, and BroadwayWorld Philippines.
For show information, call (+63) 09178427346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available at all TicketWorld (+6328919999) and SM Tickets (+6324702222).