MANILA – The producer of the “Ang Huling El Bimbo” musical cried foul over the illegal posting and sharing of the show on various social media platforms without the prior consent and approval of the copyright owners.
While it appreciates everyone who watched the musical and donated to the Pantawid ng Pag-ibig program of the ABS-CBN Foundation, Full House Theater Company said it strongly condemns the piracy.
“We call on all theater fans and the public in general not to patronize these illegally-posted videos, which may be used for donation scams,” it said in a Facebook post on Monday.
“We also urge the public to report any of these videos and their uploaders to [email protected] and [email protected] so that immediate investigation and legal actions can be taken,” the statement added.
The official online streaming of “Ang Huling El Bimbo” ended at 11:59 p.m. on May 9.
This was the first time the entire musical was put up online for free. Before this, it had more than 100 runs at Resorts World Manila's Newport Performing Arts Theater.
The fundraising campaign of offering the show online for two days straight was in partnership with ABS-CBN, for the benefit of the families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While its online run is already over, people can still donate until the close of business hours on May 15 (Manila time).
"Ang Huling El Bimbo" is an original attempt at telling a tragic story that is relevant, insightful and at times provocative -- one that also serves as a tribute to the timelessness of the band's discography.
Furthermore, it blends together elements of a musical and a rock concert.