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Behind that Mona Lisa smile

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MONA Lisa watches the shows and concerts of granddaughter Celine Fabie.

One look at Epy Quizon and screen legend Mona Lisa couldn’t help exclaiming: “You look exactly like Dolphy.”

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Isay, Tirso lead stellar cast of ‘Katy’

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ALVAREZ, CRUZ AND SANTOS. Portray pivotal roles in landmark musical’s anticipated revival.

Early this month, I visited the rehearsals of Spotlight Artists Center’s eagerly anticipated restaging of Ryan Cayabyab and Jose Javier Reyes’ “Katy,” under Nestor Torre’s direction, and was pleasantly surprised at how powerful and entertaining the iconic stage production has remained to this day.

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‘Katy’s’ nostalgic appeal remains undimmed

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TALENT call for the musical on the Bodabil Queen (above) was a rousing reminder of the richness and diversity of Filipino musical talent.

ONE after the other they trooped to the Spotlight Artists Center last Jan. 29—some of the country’s best musical-theater, club and recording artists, all of them eager to become a part of this year’s hottest Original Filipino Musical revival, “Katy.” The first staging two full decades ago of the tribute to Katy dela Cruz and [...]

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There’s something about ‘Katy’

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DELA CRUZ. Bodabil queen.

IN the early 1980s, I did a TV feature on bodabil queen, Katy dela Cruz—and promptly fell in love with her. She was so deliciously feisty, brassy, a gifted and giving entertainer, and full of life and stories about her colorful career, which had taken her from the pits to the pinnacle of the entertainment world, not just here but also in the States and elsewhere.

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