'Maximo Oliveros' stage musical to open in November
MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) A gay-themed movie is in the works to become a stage musical.
Released in 2005, the internationally acclaimed film "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" will be brought to the stage by Bit by Bit Company and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) in November.
The original Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival entry centers on Maxie (Nathan Lopez), a 12-year-old effeminate gay boy whose love for a police officer conflicts with his family's illegal livelihood.
"Maxie the Musical" will be written by Palanca Hall of Fame awardee Nicolas Pichay with music by William Manzano, Arkel Mendoza and JJ Pimpinio. Dexter Santos will direct and choreograph.
Auditions for the roles in the stage musical will be held on March 9 and 10 at Studio A of the Peta Theater Center in Quezon City. Registration starts at noon. Auditions begin at 1 p.m. and will end 8 p.m.
Auditionees are advised that they are "expected to sing, dance and act with equal facility," according to a press statement released on Sunday.
Those auditioning for the lead role of Maxie must look 13-15 years of age. He "must be androgenous; able to pass off as both male and female. Has a strong soprano voice. Must be able to dance."
The production is also looking for actors to play the following roles:
Victor - Police officer, object of Maxie’s puppy love, affection. He must look like in his mid to late 20s and should be willing to appear on stage in
underwear. Strong baritone or tenor voice. Must be able to sing both ballad and rock songs.
Bogs - Early 20s. Maxie’s brother. Preferably able to play the guitar. If auditioning for this role, please prepare a slow OPM song and showcase guitar ability.
Boy - Late 20s. Maxie’s brother. Eldest of the siblings. Strong baritone voice.
Art - Mid to late 20s. Victor’s police partner. Willing to play multiple roles.
Peter - 15-17years of age. A closet bully. Must have comic timing. Background in dance is preferable.
Paco - 40’s. Petty crime lord. Maxie’s father. Must have a strong tenor voice.
They are also looking for ensemble players, 15 years old and above with strong singing voices and acting capacities. They should be ready to sing one song from a Pinoy alternative band and one song from a Broadway musical. They should be ready with a dance piece
“Maxie The Musical: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” is set to open on Nov. 15, 2013 and will run until Nov. 24, 2013 at the Peta Theater Center.
'Pusong Mamon' on stage
Meanwhile, a 1998 film starring Eric Quizon and Albert Martinez as a couple is also set to become a stage musical.
The romantic-comedy film "Pusong Mamon" will get the theater treatment with an original score penned by singer Nyoy Volante, according to Atlantis Productions' Bobby Garcia.
The stage version of the Joel Lamangan film will be staged by the newly formed Viva Atlantis Theatricals as part of its first season.
"Pusong Mamon" tells the story of gay couple Ron (Martinez) and Nick (Quizon), whose blissful domestic life is put to a test when Annie (Lorna Tolentino), Ron's co-worker who he impregnates, moves in with them.