MNL48 clinches to be part of the ‘Tabing Ilog the Musical’

by MNL48 Philippines

Aside from music, TV shows and movies, the Philippine idol group MNL48 is set to conquer the bigger stage of the musical entertainment as MNL48 Abby, Belle and Brei were officially announced to portray the well-known ‘barkada’ (characters) from the ABS-CBN’s TV series turned musical ‘Tabing Ilog the Musical’ last February 06, 2020 at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater.

As the event officially revealed the casts for the musical, MNL48 Abby and MNL48 Belle as ‘George’ (originally played by Jodi Sta. Maria) and MNL48 Brei as the new character ‘Sammy’, alongside with their co-actors from ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother, Star Hunt artists, as well as film and theater actors like Agot Isidro, Gab Pangilinan, Vino Manalot, Paolo O’hara and others, opened the press conference by performing a musical snippet from their show, ‘Tabing Ilog the Musical.’

Truth be told, MNL48 Brei confessed that she hasn’t watched any theater musical and this will be her first time, “Never pa po ako nakapanood ng musical theater pero sobrang nae-excite po ako nung nalaman ko po na nakapasok dito tsaka malaking adjustment din po para sa’kin kahit na po gustong-gusto ko ‘yung pag-kanta kasi hindi po ako sanay sa malalaking movement ‘yun po ‘yung kinakatakot ko kasi hindi po ako malaki pero sobrang excited po ako na gawin ‘to kasama sila”.

One of the wishes from her bucket list has been marked as MNL48 Belle shared that being in a musical is her dream, “Sobrang inspiring po na ma-experience ‘yung theater and isa po ito sa mga dream ko before and I’m so overwhelmed para po maka-pasok dito”. Indeed, musical is way different from MNL48’s nature, but MNL48 Abby expressed that even though musical is very challenging, they are striving hard to prove that they can do more, “Challenging siya kasi as an MNL48 member po, nagpe-perform po kami and hindi bago sa amin ang pag-sayaw at ang pag-kanta po and medyo kinakabahan kami ngayon pero andito po kami para gawin ‘yung aming goal na maipakita na ang MNL48 member po ay may mga kaya pang gawin”.

Tabing Ilog the Musical, a stage adaptation of the ABS-CBN’s teen drama series ‘Tabing Ilog’ that depicts romance, friendship and facing real life social issues, retells the story of the wellloved series with a modern and innovative take directed by Topper Fabregas, written by Jade Castro and musical direction by Vincent de Jesus with their creative team.

Watch the press conference of the ‘Tabing Ilog the Musical’ here:

Tabing Ilog the Musical will run in March, 2020 at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater and tickets are available exclusively at Just follow the official social media pages of MNL48 and don’t forget to download the fan club app on google playstore and app store.

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