Cast of ‘Tabing Ilog the Musical’ to stream free concert for theater workers’ relief

<i>Photo: Tabing Ilog Musical / FB</i>
Photo: Tabing Ilog Musical / FB

Didn’t catch the staging of Tabing Ilong: The Musical?

You’ll have a chance to catch a whiff of the postponed musical reboot, which drew inspiration from the early 2000’s hit teen TV drama as its theater cast returns to perform music from the show, streaming tomorrow at 8pm, on ABS-CBN’s Facebook page.

The best part: it’s free.

The next best part: the proceeds of the show will benefit displaced workers who lost their jobs due to the enhanced community quarantine.

Read: Smells Like Noughties Spirit: Classic teen drama ‘Tabing Ilog’ to return as a musical

“During this time of quarantine where everyone is anxious and the times are uncertain, ‘Tabing Ilog The Musical‘ aims to give people some relief and escape by listening to the songs that compose the musical,” its organizer, ABS-CBN’s Star Hunt said in a statement yesterday, adding “proceeds of this project will be donated to the theater workers who have been unemployed since the quarantine.”

Tabing Ilog (literally, “Riverside”): The Musical premiered at the Dolphy Theater on March 7, but was postponed just a few days after because of the pandemic. The stage adaptation of the Dawsons-Creek-inspired ABS-CBN melodrama about the lives of teenage friends was rewritten for the stage by Jade Castro, with music, lyrics, and musical direction by Vince de Jesus. It’s helmed by Director Topper Fabregas.

Tomorrow’s concert will feature the musical’s cast members including Gab Pangilinan who plays Eds, Vino Malabot who plays Fonzy, and Emjay Savilla who plays Badong.

While waiting for tomorrow night’s concert, here’s a hit of nostalgia, from the show’s very own Paula Cole—er, Barbie Almalbis, performing the show’s perennial earworm of a theme song “Sa Ilog” (“By the River”).

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