For the second time Katy who have been a true to life story of Ms. Katy De Guzman one of the most prominent especially in the music industry in the late 1930’s , was a leading Filipino singer who specialized in jazz vocals and torch songs in a performing career that lasted eight decades. Hailed as "The Queen of Filipino Jazz] and as "The Queen of Bodabil", she was, by the age of 18, the highest paid entertainer in the Philippines] De la Cruz also appeared in films and received a FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award in 1953.
Ms. Isay Alvarez was too eager to help in anyway she can, got its glory and was long been awaited by the followers of the Theatrical especially here in the Philippines and due to it’s success, in their first the musical, which is set to do a re-run on July 25 – August 4 this time at the Meralco Theater.
The cast of KATY was exclusively presented to selected press and media last May 22, Wednesday at the Mabuhay Restop Travel café in Rizal Park. Isay Alvarez, Dulce, Lou Veloso, Gian Magdangal, Epy Quizon, Aicelle Santos, Tricia Amper-Jimenez graced the press-con and shared about what the audience can expect to this presentation. Tirso Cruz III is also part of KATY(not in the press-con)
At the press con Isay shared that there’s a lot of changes in terms of the beginning part and also at the way she changes her costumes. One of the things she was very thankful is having Tirso Cruz in the cast who really showed amazing performance during the last run.
It has not been shown to many of his TV and movie shows but Tirso did great in terms of singing onstage.
The lead stars were also proud about having Aicelle Santos who is now picking up success in the theater industry. She was shortlisted as one of the top seven finalists for the 2014 West End revival of “Miss Saigon”. Her performance in KATY is definitely a must see as well.
And of course credits to Mitch Valdes and Celeste Legaspi, who played Katy and Olivia in the musical’s original runs. As Isay recalls their performance she becomes more inspired to play the major role.
The play was written by Jose Javier Reyes, produced by Spotlight Artists Center, which originally staged in the ‘80s, chronicles the inspiring story of legendary jazz chanteuse Katy dela Cruz, who rose from the ranks to become one of the most illustrious, internationally-acclaimed and highest-paid performers of her time.
The original musical was with Celeste Legazpi and Mitch Valdez, under the captivating original compositions of ‘maestro’ Ryan Cayabyab.