The musical production expertise of PETA, the music of Ben&Ben, and the iconic love story of One More Chance? Talk about worlds colliding.
Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve at least probably heard of One More Chance. In the storied history of modern Filipino romantic drama films, the Cathy Garcia-Sampana-directed movie stands near the top of the list. The 2007 film from Star Cinema followed the love story of Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha (Bea Alonzo) as their relationship goes through its realer than real ups and downs.
Fifteen years and a sequel later, the movie is still regarded as a classic for many reasons. And soon, it’s about to get a new life. No, it’s not getting a sequel or a remaster. Instead, One More Chance is being turned into a musical production that will hit the stage soon. Here’s what you need to know about One More Chance, the Musical.
IT’S COMING FROM PETA
Last October 22, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) dropped a bombshell on the last show for their play Walang Aray by revealing that One More Chance was going to be their next big musical adaptation. The love story of Popoy and Basha is going to be turned into a musical made for the stage, something that definitely was not on our 2023 bingo cards but are more than happy it’s real. Philippine musical theater in 2024 promises to be a big one, with confirmed productions of Miss Saigon, Ang Paroyka ni Edgar Musical, and Rent all slated for the new year. Now, we can look forward to another heavy hitter in the musical theater adaption of the modern classic.
IT WILL FEATURE MUSIC FROM BEN&BEN
If you’re wondering where the musical aspect will come from, the production will feature tunes of Ben&Ben, which was revealed when the nine-piece band made a surprise appearance at the closing of Walang Aray to perform Kathang Isip and Araw-Araw. We can already imagine the emotional gut punch of combining Ben&Ben’s emotional tracks with the volatile love story of Popoy and Basha. The movie’s viral lines with the band’s searing lyrics? Our emotions are going to go through it.
THERE ISN’T A CAST, YET
As for who will be playing the iconic couple or any character of the musical for that matter, that will be determined through an open casting call from PETA. But regardless who get the roles, especially the two leads, they’ll have some big shoes to fill. Also, Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz recently reunited to celebrate their 21 years as on-screen partners. So just maybe, the two actors could make a cameo appearance in the musical.
THE MUSICAL WILL BE SHOWN IN 2024
One More Chance, the Musical, is slated to begin its run in April 2024 at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City. Ticket details as well as how many dates the musical will be showing have yet to be revealed. However, we do suggest you start saving up if you want to get your desired tickets early.
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