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John Arcilla and Robert Sena star in Dirty Old Musical (DOM)

John Arcilla and Robert Sena re-stage the hit Pinoy musical at the Music Museum.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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1/8/2017 9:10 AM
John Arcilla and Robert Sena star in Dirty Old Musical (DOM)


010817-RobertSena_PUSH.jpgAfter a successful run last September, the talented ensemble of John Arcilla, Nonie Buencamino, Michael Williams, Bo Cerrudo, and Robert Seña return to stage Dirty Old Musical (DOM) again this month at the Music Museum under the Spotlight Artists management. D.O.M. tackles the trials, travails, and misadventures of the five members of an all-male ‘80s singing group in their twilight years, reunited by a noble cause and given another shot at redeeming their lost loves and long-held passions. The struggle to reinvent themselves proves to be tougher than they initially imagined as they grapple with the aches and pains of growing old.

During its initial run, Spotlight owners Robert and Isay Alvarez-Sena admit they overcame their worries about the musical’s debut run. "“We were so excited and I was particularly proud of our musical director Myke Salomon, and Robert, who were really the ones who planned the musical. To hear the people laugh hard and see the pasted smiles on their faces were a clear affirmation of our work. The arrangements came as a surprise to many. Myke was able to deliver a fresh take on those OPM hits. Particularly ‘Saludo’ and ‘Mag-Exercise Tayo Tuwing Umaga’ were riots, but the heart-wrenching act 1 finale was a favorite too [‘Kastilyong Buhangin’ and ‘Nakapagtataka’] rendered by John, Noni, Ima and Kitkat,” Isay recalled.

Because of the limited eight-day run last September, Isay and company felt the need to bring back the show to satisfy the clamor of those who failed to catch the show last year. “The January rerun is still quite limited due to the complicated schedules of the case, hence the seven shows, but we expect to do more as we find more free time among everyone.”

Also part of D.O.M.’s success is its equally “hugot-inducing” themes which revolve around friendship, bromance, and the endearing Pinoy trait of relying on humor overcome challenges. Isay also hinted at the possibility of extended runs and overseas performances as well as a follow up project in the near future. “There were invitations to do a U.S. tour in major cities, but I’m praying to do one here with a big band before the end of 2017. “Yes, we have this show in mind that we’ve been wanting to see staged. Hopefully in two years’ time. It’s an original production so it will take more time to produce it,” she explained.

Rounding up the stellar cast are powerhouse theater performers Ima Castro, Kitkat and Fred Lo, with an ensemble comprised of Shalee Vicencio, Gabriela Pangilinan and Irra Cenina. Dirty Old Musical will have its rerun at the Music Museum from January 19-21 and 26-28, 8:00 p.m., with a 3 pm matinee on January 28. For tickets call TicketWorld at 891-9999.