Here’s How PETA Combined Ben&Ben With “One More Chance” for “One More Chance, The Musical”

One More Chance the Musical

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One More Chance is one of the most iconic Filipino movies of all time, which is why so many are excited to catch the musical adaptation to be staged by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), featuring the songs of Ben & Ben.

But we wonder, how did PETA combine these two powerful forces?

Unang-una, nangyari yung script, na sinulat muna ni Ms. Michelle [Ngu-Nario]. Kinonsider niya lahat ng songs doon sa mga scenes. Parang jigsaw puzzle siya,” said Myke Salomon, who is in charge of One More Chance, the Musical‘s musical direction and sound design.

Salomon is the man behind the music of many of Manila’s favorite musicals, like Rak of Aegis and Ang Huling El Bimbo. He is also the composer of the upcoming Bar Boys musical, adapted from the 2017 film of the same name.

Nung nabuo yung script, nag-second level kami of discussion and argument. Ganon yung relationship namin. Ganon naman lahat ng relationship, diba?” He joked.

From there, the creative team examined the context of the songs and how to break the verses to match the characters.

Paano natin gagawing barkada song to? Paano natin to gagawing barangay song? Yun yung masaya sa musical, you can go beyond the wall and go crazy,” Salomon said.

Speaking about his experience working on One More Chance, the Musical, he said, “Ang saya na ang dami naming songs na pwedeng paglaruan.”

One More Chance, The Musical, will run from April 12 to June 30, 2024, at the PETA-Phinma Theater in New Manila, Quezon City.



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Ticket prices are:

  • P3,000 for VIP
  • P2,500 for Orchestra and Balcony Center
  • P2,200 for Orchestra Side
  • P1,500 for Balcony Side



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One More Chance, The Musical is based on the film of the same name, directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and produced by ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.

PETA’s musical adaptation brings the iconic love story of Popoy and Basha to life. It creates a more nuanced and expanded experience for audiences, thanks to Ben&Ben’s captivating and emotionally charged songs. The musical includes the band’s smash hits “Kathang Isip,” “Araw-Araw,” and “Leaves,” to name a few.

Audiences can expect a richer version that examines various lessons and themes from the vantage point of today’s generation, nearly two decades since the film’s premiere.

The musical features a powerhouse cast led by Sam Concepcion and CJ Navato, who will play Popoy, together with Anna Luna and Nicole Omillo as Basha.

Kiara Takahashi and Sheena Belarmino join them as Tricia, and Jef Flores and Jay Gonzaga as Mark. The musical will also feature Poppert Bernadas and Paji Arceo as Kenneth, Ada Tayao and Rica Laguardia as Krizzy, Via Antonio and Dippy Arceo as Anj, Jon Abella as JP, and Johnnie Moran as Chinno.

The cast also includes budding and veteran theater artists: Chez Cuenca, Coleen Paz, JC Galano, Matthew Barbers, Neomi Gonzales, Carla Guevara Laforteza, Raul Montesa, Floyd Tena, and Hazel Maranan.

One More Chance, The Musical is written by Ngu-Nario, directed by Maribel Legarda, assistant direction and dramaturgy by J-mee Katanyag, musical direction and sound design by Salomon, choreography by Michael Barry Que, set design by Ohm David, costume design by Carlo Pagunaling, lighting design by David Esguerra, and projection design by Bene Manaois.

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