Cult classic ‘ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal’ streams free on May 30

“Beautiful Forever” says LGBT superhero ZsaZsa Zaturnnah <i>Photo: Carlo Vergara / FB</i>
“Beautiful Forever” says LGBT superhero ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Photo: Carlo Vergara / FB

Look who’s vack…erm, back.

ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, the comic-book-sourced musical comedy, will be streaming free on the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) YouTube page starting May 30.

Staged by CCP’s Tanghalang Pilipino from 2006 to 2011, the musical was adapted from Carlo Vergara’s graphic novel, Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah (“The Spectacular Adventures of ZsaZsa Zaturnnah”)published in 2002.

The story follows Ada, a skinny gay man working at a beauty parlor, who upon swallowing a melon-sized magical stone turns into the generously proportioned, red-haired super-heroine ZsaZsa Zaturnnah.

Vergara, its creator, has said that Zaturnnah is a parody of Filipino female superhero Darna whose transformation is also induced by a magical stone, except she happens to be a straight woman. The original book has also been adapted into a movie in 2006, aptly named Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Movie. 

Here’s a quick clip from the campy flick while you’re waiting for the musical to roll in.

Read: Ditch Netflix for free shows premiering at Cultural Center of the Philippines this week

ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal will be joining CCP’s digital archives, which the center had launched during the lockdown, to share past productions for free.

Vergara’s other play, Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (“How I Became A Leading Lady”), directed by fellow award-winning playwright Chris Martinez, is also up on CCP’s page indefinitely, after it premiered last week.

Fancy watching more plays during the lockdown? Scoot on over.

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