"The Boston: The Kitchen Musical" cast courtesy of the Lifestyle Network
MANILA - On and off-camera, Filipino talents figure prominently in the upcoming new series based on "The Kitchen Musical," which will premiere in the Philippines in June.
"The Boston: The Kitchen Musical," a follow-up to the acclaimed 2011 series starring Filipinos Christian Bautista and Karylle, will feature an entirely new story set in the United States.
"Although it has the same themes of drama, food, and music, this goes deeper into the connections of the characters to one another," said Juliann Savard, who is one of the show's eight Filipino cast members.
Directed by Matthew Rosen, "The Boston" will focus on the live of three young chefs as they try to re-launch their restaurant while overcoming challenges in following their vision for the business.
Savard is joined by fellow Filipinos Steven Silva and Dax Martin, among others, in the cast led by American actress Jennifer Bianco, London-based German actor Michael Koltes, and Australian singer Natalia Moon.
Even behind the camera, according to Savard, Filipinos played a major part in mounting "The Boston," which will premiere on Lifestyle Network (SkyCable channel 52) on June 18.
"I think from the start to the finish, everybody involved in this is Filipino -- our cast, our crew," Savard said, noting that the choreography was done by the Philippine All-Stars.
Referring to her fellow cast members, Savard added: "Ang ganda ng pagsasasama namin because we really worked well together on-screen and off-screen. We have tight friendships, and our director was so giving with his instructions. We never had a hard time."
"Although sobrang haba minsan ng taping because we had to get it done, we are just so thankful that the group was so supportive and they were always backing us and pushing us to make this a beautiful, beautiful project."
Asked if they feel pressured to live up to the original "The Kitchen Musical," which was nominated for an international Emmy, Savard admitted this to be the case but added that "The Boston" is decidedly more youth-oriented.
"Oo naman, pressured din naman talaga. Grabe, the first season was so successful," she said. "The script [for 'The Boston'] was done by two very young writers, so kuha nila kumbaga 'yung kabataan. So I think it's going to be a younger, livelier show."