MANILA, Philippines – Work has already started on an original Filipino musical featuring the music of the legendary OPM band Hotdog.
Entitled “Bongga,” the musical will be directed by Bobby Garcia and is set to premiere in 2014, according to a report published on The Philippine Star on Monday.
Hotdog is the band behind numerous OPM classics in the 1970s such as “Manila,” “Pers Lab,” “Annie Batungbakal” and “Bongga Ka Day.”
The musical will be a production of the newly formed Viva Atlantis Theatricals, a joint venture between Garcia’s theater group Atlantis Productions and entertainment outfit Viva Communications Inc.
The new joint venture hopes to “bring quality theatrical entertainment featuring Filipino artists to the public, here and in other parts of the world,” the report said.
“There is no question that Filipinos are among the best performers in the world today,” Viva chief operating officer Vic del Rosario was quoted as saying the report. “They just need to be seen and heard. I want to give them that chance. With Bobby and Chari Arespacochaga at the helm, I see no limits to what Filipinos can do.”
For his part, Garcia said: “We are all thrilled at Atlantis Productions to join forces with Viva, which can only help us reach more people and strengthen our audience base.”
The report said Viva Atlantis Theatricals will be inaugurated next year, with three new Broadway musicals, which have yet to be announced.
Garcia formed Atlantis Productions in 1999. Along with actress and director Arespacochaga and production manager Liza Camus, Garcia has staged popular plays and musicals including the upcoming “Aladdin.” It has also been successful in bringing many productions to Singapore, such as the upcoming “God of Carnage” with Lea Salonga.