Filipino musical “KATY” now on it’s 2nd run

Filipino musical “KATY” now on it’s 2nd run

I myself has that strong admiration to theater actors because no matter what it takes, they would still give their best performance until the last audience that will watch them. Catch Katy starting July, it’s an interesting musical piece that promotes Filipino culture.


Photo by Mac Vasquez


KATY: The Musical had it’s first run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) last January 17-27, 2013.

Due to it’s success, the musical is set to do a re-run on July 25 – August 4 this time at the Meralco Theater.

The cast of KATY was exclusively presented to selected press and media last May 22, Wednesday at the Mabuhay Restop Travel café in Rizal Park.

Isay Alvarez, Dulce, Lou Veloso, Gian Magdangal, Epy Quizon, Aicelle Santos, Tricia Amper-Jimenez graced the press-con and shared about what the audience can expect to this presentation.

Tirso Cruz III is also part of KATY(not in the press-con)

At the press con Isay shared that there’s a lot of changes in terms of the beginning part and also at the way she changes her costumes. One of the things she was very thankful is having Tirso Cruz in the cast who really showed amazing performance during the last run.

It has not been shown to many of his TV and movie shows but Tirso did great in terms of singing onstage.

The lead stars were also proud about having Aicelle Santos who is now picking up success in the theater industry. She was shortlisted as one of the top seven finalists for the 2014 West End revival of “Miss Saigon”. Her performance in KATY is definitely a must see as well.

And of course credits to Mitch Valdes and Celeste Legaspi, who played Katy and Olivia in the musical’s original runs. As Isay recalls their performance she becomes more inspired to play the major role.

The play was written by Jose Javier Reyes, produced by Spotlight Artists Center, which originally staged in the ‘80s, chronicles the inspiring story of legendary jazz chanteuse Katy dela Cruz, who rose from the ranks to become one of the most illustrious, internationally-acclaimed and highest-paid performers of her time.

The original musical was with Celeste Legazpi and Mitch Valdez, under the captivating original compositions of ‘maestro’ Ryan Cayabyab.

From the 1930′s on wards, throughout a prolific career that stretched out to more than six decades, the iconic stage live wire endeared herself to both foreign and local audiences with her mesmerizing stage presence, classic style and elegance, as well as her playful wit and irreverence.

Feature in the re run is the music of the Big Band Era (Jazz), and the whole cast performs an ensemble of ‘old-school’ sing and dance jazz, broad way, vaudeville and cabaret routines.


Fore more details, log on to or call 899-8089 for tickets and more.

Sneak preview of KATY during the presscon, videos courtesy of Rain De Ocampo