With its limited run at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, “Mula Sa Buwan” is a good, solid and sincere musical play as it transforms and delivers a timeless piece of the French poet Edmond Rostand into a stage Filipino version with an adaptation by Pat Valera.
It has beyond hilarious transitions and heartwarming glow. It was played in an indie-alternative sound transposed to Zarzuela, a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, mostly Kundiman and Harana.
From Pat Valera’s concept, authorship, and direction together with William Elvin Manzano who co-wrote lyrics with the former and composed the original music, musical style to bear a little variation and naturalism. The adaptation certainly captured the spirit of the genre as Manzano’s libretto carries all the romance, humor, wit, passion and hope abound.
Music comes in diverse forms, and this month’s local music scene round-up via Music Roll further illustrates the versatility of music.
We start with PhilPop 2016’s big bash celebration of Filipino musicality; the celebrated dream collaborations between Ely Buendia and Itchyworms in “Pariwara”; the indie music taking charge of this year’s first ever Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino; to memories worth recalling in Clara Benin’s songs while we wait for her return; in the never-ending cycle of love, denial, separation and finding new hope all together in new singles of Rico Blanco and Arnold Reyes; and for the ability to create free music in Josephine’s story and The Benchboys’ reunion for one last time.
Let’s always celebrate music in all its forms, with the old and new, with the happy and sad, with beginnings and farewells, but most of all for all its good and enduring memories.