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Almost 15 years after its first theater adaptation, The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical will bring back Himala to the stage!

Based on the award-winning film penned by Ricky Lee, Himala tells the story of Elsa, a young girl who claims to have the power of healing after seeing a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. News of her miracles spread far and wide, drawing the ill and the curious to what was once the sleepy town of Cupang.

Ed Lacson, stage director of the 2018 stage adaptation, said that although we might’ve seen Himala as a film about religion, the musical is not a religious, nor a political play.

“I think the politics will come from whoever watches it. The politics is on you deciding whether these characters are to be judged or not to be judged,” Lacson said.

Known for her character in the hit musical Rak of Aegis, Aicelle Santos is now ready to take the iconic role of Elsa in the musical. When asked about what she feels about following the steps of Nora Aunor and May Bayot as Elsa, Santos said that it is the hardest role she’ll ever play in her lifetime.

“I got excited but at the same time scared. It’s big shoes to fill,” Santos added.

Joining the cast are Kakki Teodoro as the former prostitute Nimia, Neomi Gonzales as Elsa’s childhood friend Chayong, Sandino Martin as Chayong’s former lover Pilo, David Ezra as Orly the filmmaker, Bituin Escalante as Nanay Saling, and many more.

With book and lyrics by Ricky Lee, and music and lyrics by Vince De Jesus, with direction and set design by Ed Lacson Jr. Himala: Isang Musikal is set to stage on February 10 to March 4 at the Power MAC Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati 4. For ticket inquiries, contact 0917 554 5560, 586 7105, sab@thesandboxcollective.com, or Ticket-world at 891-9999.

Watch the official show trailer here:

Himala: Isang Musikal (FULL TRAILER)

"Ipinatawag ko kayong lahat dahil may gusto akong ikumpisal."The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical proudly bring you the 15th Anniversary production of Ricky Lee and Vincent DeJesus’ “Himala – Isang Musikal,” an immersive musical stage adaptation of the award-winning film by Ricky Lee and Ishmael Bernal. “Himala – Isang Musikal” follows the story of Elsa (played in the film by the legendary Nora Aunor), a young woman from the fictional Barrio Cupang who, after experiencing an apparition of the Virgin Mary, becomes a healer, seer and “savior” in the eyes of a small, bucolic town longing to put an end to its misery and suffering. 15 years after the original musical and 35 years after the film, the masterpiece returns to the local stage. With story and lyrics by Ricky Lee, music and lyrics by Vincent DeJesus, musical arrangement by Jed Balsamo, and direction by Ed Lacson Jr., “Himala – Isang Musikal” promises to be a fully immersive and experiential show like no other. The musical stars Aicelle Santos as Elsa, together with Bituin Escalante, Sandino Martin, Kakki Teodoro, David Ezra, Neomi Gonzales, Floyd Tena, among others. “Himala – Isang Musikal” will open on February 10, 2018 at the Power Mac Center Spotlight Theater, Circuit Makati, and will run for a strictly limited engagement until March 4, 2018 only. For tickets and inquiries, call Ticketworld at 891.9999, The Sandbox Collective at 0917 554 5560, or refer to the showbuyer poster for details to your preferred show date. #SandboxHimala @thesandboxco

Posted by The Sandbox Collective on Friday, January 12, 2018

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