Wednesday, August 24, 2016

AKO SI JOSEPHINE / A MUSICAL FEATURING THE MUSIC OF YENG CONSTANTINO


AKO SI JOSEPHINE / A CELEBRATION FEATURING THE SONGS OF YENG CONSTANTINO

Yeng Constantino is probably one of the OPM artists I've grown to love, although her magic in songwriting has impressed me since "Hawak Kamay" (you know I'm a frustrated songwriter right?). It's amazing how many hits and awards she has received over the years. And through the ever changing color of her hair it's no surprise she'll be having a one of a kind celebration for her 10th year anniversary in the industry. 

Most recording artists mark special occasions by holding a concert or releasing a special edition of the album that started it all for them. But Pop Rock Superstar Yeng Constantino — whose career turns 10 this year—has never been, nor will she ever be, like most recording artists. She’s much more : a songwriter with a proven track record of penning chart-toppers.



Since Yeng emerged on the music scene in 2006 by way of Pinoy Dream Academy season one, she has relied on her songwriting ability to set herself apart. A unique artist like her deserves to mark a decade in the industry in a unique way. Ten years is ten years, after all. So it was that her visionary of a manager Erickson Raymundo partnered with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) to produce a musical built around Yeng’s discography.


Inspired by the success of PETA’s Rak of Aegis — Erickson came up with the idea for Ako Si Josephine - A Musical Featuring the Music of Yeng Constantino. Instead of another concert or album, this year Yeng will celebrate her showbiz anniversary by lending her compositions to the team behind Rak of Aegis.

Ako Si Josephine was written by Liza Magtoto. It will be directed by Maribel Legarda and feature musical direction from Myke Salomon. 

At first, she wasn’t sure about doing a musical because she didn’t think she deserved to be so honored.

“Nung una, siyempre napaisip ako kung ganun na ba karami yung mga kantang nasulat ko para gamitin sila sa isang musical. Napaisip din ako kung ganun na ba ako ka-influential na songwriter para bigyan ng ganitong honor.”


To banish those negative thoughts, Yeng leaned on her family and friends. “Kung meron mga ganung tanong sa utak ko, may mga tao din na naniniwala at nagmamahal sa akin. Pag meron kang ganun, nagiging mas madali to believe in yourself. So sinabi ko, ‘Kung yun po ang nakikita niyo na dapat gawin, at sa tingin niyong akma naman sa akin, sige, tatanggapin ko na po. Kasi biyaya naman yun, at ayoko namang i-dismiss lang ng basta basta. Ayokong i-shoo away yung binibigay ni God.”

Yeng appreciates that the PETA team let her be involved in nearly every aspect of Ako Si Josephine. But while she offered input from time to time, Yeng left most of the real work to the theater pros.

“Alam ko naman kung ano yung strength ko, isa akong songwriter, so may ibang aspeto nung musical na ipinagkatiwala ko na sa mga tao na kung saan yun ang expertise nila,” she says.


Ako Si Josephine - A Musical Featuring the Music of Yeng Constantino is set in a music empire where love songs are banned. But when top composer Josephine falls in love with her boss Chinito (and he with her), they can’t keep from setting their feelings for each other to music. They want to release all the songs they wrote together, but the empire’s despotic ruler Monotomia only allows HYP or Happy, Youthful, Purposeful music to be broadcast throughout the land.

As for whether Yeng will make a cameo onstage, that remains to be seen. Her fans will just have to watch the musical to find out!

Ako Si Josephine - A Musical Featuring the Music of Yeng Constantino 
is produced by Cornerstone Entertainment and ABSCBN Events. 
A production of PETA.

Its first run will be from September 8 to October 9 at the PETA Theater Center in New Manila’s Sunnyside Drive. 

Tickets are available at Ticketworld ; call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.


For updates, check out the following Facebook pages:
www.facebook.com/akosijosephinemusical
www.facebook.com/cornerstonetalents
and on IG:
@cornerstone_ig
@petatheater


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