1174886_665059196854824_942400835_nTasted MAXIE for the first time last Friday and it felt wonderful!

Bit by Bit Company in cooperation with the PETA Theater Center and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) staged a kick-off event for their latest production MAXIE THE MUSICAL based on the Michiko Yamamoto screenplay and the 2005 award-winning coming-of-age indie film “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” by UFO  Pictures directed by Auraeus Solito.

The kick-off party dubbed as “Patikim Ng Shlight” was held at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute of CCP hosted by Publicist Joselito ‘Toots’ Tolentino.

Publicist Toots Tolentino

The production’s composers and musical directors WILLIAM ELVIN MANZANO, JJ PIMPINIO and JANINE SANTOS were joined by other casts ALLEN MAMAID, KRISTINE JOAN VILLANUEVA, JC SANTOS, JONAH RUIZ, JULES DELA PAZ, NEIL TOLENTINO, REGIL RORROMEO, VAN QUIAONG and VIA ANTONIO to perform six (6) of the 28 numbers included in the stage musical.




Palanca Hall of Famer and playwright ATTY. NICOLAS PICHAY wrote the book and all the original lyrics for the musical while ‘Orosman and Zafira’ director and choreographer DEXTER M. SANTOS works his magic once again this time for MAXIE.

Check out below the videos of their live performances last Friday for the songs: Gising-Gising, Hikbi, Pelikula, Tabo-Tabo, Love Letter and Bekimon.






Not much was revealed with regards to how the whole production will come out but the cast and crew promises theater fans and non-theater fans a very exciting show that will include some of the well-loved scenes found in the original film and some new interesting ‘eksena’ that can only be shown on stage.  The composers also said that for the unique music of MAXIE, they tried to capture the sound of SAMPALOC and all the other elements that embraces that sound and projected it into fantastic live performances.  It is still however a work in progress according to Direk Santos who admitted that they are in their 7th revision already.

Also present during the kick-off event are the show’s producers ATTY. DARWIN MARIANO and CARLO MIGUEL FRANCIA.

Darwin Mariano, Carlo Miguel Francia, JJ Pimpinio, Janine Santos, William Elvin Manzano, Nicolas Pichay and Dexter Santos
Darwin Mariano, Carlo Miguel Francia, JJ Pimpinio, Janine Santos, William Elvin Manzano, Nicolas Pichay and Dexter Santos

I can’t wait to see MAXIE THE MUSICAL on stage from November 9 to December 8 at the PETA Theater Center in New Manila Quezon City.  Hopefully the producers will also come out with a soundtrack because all the songs are really wonderful.

For more about MAXIE THE MUSICAL log on to their facebook page www.facebook.com/MaxieTheMusicale follow them on Twitter @MaxieTheMusicale or contact Nick Guila (0915-1916394) and Marvin Olaes (0917-5336267).

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