Here Are The People Bringing ‘Tabing Ilog’ Back to Life As A Musical

In case you missed it, the well-loved 90s teen drama Tabing Ilog is being revived as a stage musical this 2020 and it’s finally been revealed who will be working on it to bring it to life.

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According to a report on ABS-CBN News, the Tabing Ilog Musical will be directed by actor-director Topper Fabregas. Joining him are actor-composer Vincent de Jesus who will also serve as the musical director, director-writer Jade Castro who wrote the book for the musical, and choreographer JM Cabling.

‘Tabing Ilog’ is such a beloved show and now it gets to take on new life on the stage. This show is also ABS-CBN’s first theatrical venture. Personally, the pressure is on but I am so excited to be collaborating with Vince, Jade, and the rest of the artistic team. This is a dream,” Fabregas said.

Also included in the creative team are Riza Romero (production design), Meliton Roxas (lighting design) and Glendfford Malimban (sound design).

According to Fabregas, they are targeting a running time of less than two hours with 12 to 15 songs, which includes the original theme song sung by Barbie Almalbis.

(ALSO READ: ‘Tabing Ilog’ is Being Turned Into a Musical)

Tabing Ilog aired from March 1999 to October 2003 on ABS-CBN. It stared Paula Peralejo, John Lloyd Cruz, Patrick Garcia, Jodi Sta. Maria, Paolo Contis, Desiree del Valle, Baron Geisler, and Kaye Abad who played best friends who use a riverbank as their secret hideaway to confide in each other about their problems navigating teenhood. It gained a cult following among the youth and garnered a PMPC Star Award for Television’s Best Youth-Oriented Program.

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