“Changing Partners” returns to the PETA stage this May

  • “Changing Partners” returns onstage this May
  • Star Cinema’s critically-acclaimed musical “Changing Partners,” based on an earlier PETA musical of the same title created by Vince de Jesus himself, was released earlier this year in theaters nationwide.

Following its successful transition into film, the critically acclaimed and award-winning musical CHANGING PARTNERS is returning to the stage this May at the PETA Theater Center.

Weeks before the opening night, the casts of Changing Partners: The Stage Musical entertained questions from the show’s media partners, a la Press Junket. There were 3 interview rooms, with the press given 5 minutes each to talk to the cast and the producers.

Inside the 1st room, Anna Luna and Sandino Martin happily represented the “Team Cris”. The two share the role of Cris, hence their name for the tandem.

Luna and Martin shared that before the staging of Changing Partners as a stage musical in 2016, they did the play version a year prior. Recalling how it was like to actually watch their own performances in the big screen when Changing Partners switched to a more mainstream medium in 2017, Team Cris said that it was the defining moment where they realized that the show is truly something else.

The two also mentioned that they are working closely with Agot Isidro and Jojit Lorenzo, the “Team Alex”, for them to fully understand the story as well as to establish a strong connection with the role of Cris.

Sandino Martin and Anna Luna as Cris in Changing Partners:The Stage Musical

Hopping onto the 2nd room, Isidro and Lorenzo were wearing matching outfits to represent Alex’s side. When asked what they think the reason is behind the comeback of Changing Partners to the stage, the two agreed that it’s because many viewers who have seen the film version showed interest in seeing how the musical would be when performed on the stage. Lorenzo added that even though the story and concept are basically the same whether on screen or on stage, there’s still a big difference with the actual treatment process in the two medium and each one offers something unique.

Team Alex noted that aside from the message that “Love is universal” and “Love wins” which Changing Partners aims to relay to its audience, it also aims to send out the reminder that life goes on. Isidro and Lorenzo even said that they joke about doing Changing Partners 2 just so they could show a more positive take on the story.

Agot Isidro and Jojit Lorenzo as Alex in Changing Partners: The Stage musical in the last room, multi-awarded composer and writer Vincent A. DeJesus and Director Rem Zamora shared about the ins and outs of the musical’s story. Touching on the topic of infidelity, which plays a role in the story, the creative behind the show highlighted that it was never confirmed nor denied through the story. Zamora also mentioned that they wanted to leave it to the audience to interpret it by themselves through the throwing of dialogues of the characters.

The director also stressed that they do not intend to make the stage version of the musical different from the film version. Zamora said that he stays loyal to DeJesus’ story and script. The two also agreed that the stage musical and the film version of Changing Partners may share similarities given that they run on the same story, concept, as well as the producers and artists, but at the end of the day, the two versions are unique in their own ways.

Composer and Writer Vincent De Jesus and Director Rem Zamora

A NEW OFFERING

The team behind the CHANGING PARTNERS: THE STAGE MUSICAL is inviting everyone to witness a whole new level of this gut-wrenching, anti-romcom musical, as it takes on the PETA-Phinma Theater.

CHANGING PARTNERS: THE STAGE MUSICAL is having a two-weekend run at the PETA-Phinma Theater, PETA Theater Center on May 11-13 and 19-20, 2018. Show dates are as follows:

May 11 8:30 pm
May 12 3:00 and 7:00 pm*
May 13 3:00 and 8:00 pm
May 19 3:00 and 8:00 pm
May 20 3:00 and 8:00 pm

Ticket prices for all shows except May 12 (7:00 pm) are Php1200 (VIP), Php1000 (Orchestra Center), Php800 (Orchestra Sides), Php1000 (Balcony Center), and Php500 (Balcony Sides).

*The May 12 (7:00 pm) show is sponsored by the UPCM Class of 1998 as a fundraiser for the benefit of the National Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgical and Cancer patients. Ticket prices are Php1500 (VIP), Php1300 (Orchestra Center), Php1000 (Orchestra Sides), Php1200 (Balcony Center), and Php800 (Balcony Sides).

You can book your tickets through Ticketworld (http://bit.ly/CPticketworld). You may also call or text (0945 499 1008) or send a message to the PETA Theater Center Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PETATheaterCenter/) for inquiries and reservations.

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