G Tongi bags role in Rep's 'The Producers'


Posted at Aug 28 2013 07:19 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2013 06:42 PM

MANILA -- A local staging of the acclaimed Broadway musical that centers on two scheming theatrical producers will kick off in November, Repertory Philippines announced on Tuesday.

The local theater group shared the news on its official Facebook page, saying its production of Mel Brooks' "The Producers" will star Topper Fabregas, Carlo Orosa, Robbie Zialcita and G Tongi.

It is under the direction of Jaime del Mundo.

First staged on Broadway in 2001, "The Producers" is a musical adapted by Brooks and Thomas Meehan from the former's 1968 film of the same name.

The musical was directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, with music and lyrics by Brooks.

In 2005, original cast members of the Broadway musical reprised their roles for a film adaptation directed by Stroman, with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Gary Beach and Roger Bart returning.

The lone female lead, Ulla, was portrayed in the film by Uma Thurman, replacing Cady Huffman.

It is unclear whether Tongi, who recently joined Atlantis Productions' "Piaf" as film legend Marlene Dietrich, will portray Ulla in the local staging of "The Producers."

According to details shown on its teaser poster, Repertory Philippines' "The Producers" will run from November 15 to Decemebr 15 at OnStage, Greenbelt 1 in Makati City.