“You are nothing but a second rate, trying hard copycat!” No other line in the history of Philippine cinema is more iconic than those words that Cherie Gil uttered to Sharon Cuneta in the movie Bituing Walang Ningning. The movie itself is iconic, and has become a benchmark to which other rags to riches movies, series, and stories have been measured. It has had many incarnations in T.V. and print, so it’s about time that it has its stage version.
This time, Resorts World Manila is presenting to movie and stage fans Bituing Walang Ningning the Musical at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. It features newcomer Monica Cuenco in the lead as Dorina Pineda, and other familiar names such as Chris Villonco as Lavinia Arguelles, and Mark Bautista as Nico Escobar. Completing the cast are Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as journalist Edith, Jon Santos as loving Auntie, Jay Roa as Zosimo Blanco, Michael Williams as producer Larry Calma, and John Nite as Kuya Germs. The stage production is directed by Freddie Santos.
The show runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at eight in the evening, and every Sunday at three in the afternoon until July 18.
The end of the show. Photo by Rhonson Ng
Tickets are available at the Resorts World Manila Box Office at the Newport Mall and in all TicketNet and TicketWorld outlets.
Members of Davao Media at the Gala Night of Bituing Walang Ningning the Musical