Isay Alvarez topbills ‘Katy’ musical at CCP

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ALVAREZ will play jazz queen Katy de la Cruz.

Actress-singer Isay Alvarez leads the cast in Spotlight Artists Centre’s revival production of the iconic Filipino musical “Katy” Jan. 17-27 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

The musical, which is based on the life of Bodabil Queen Katy de la Cruz, also features Tirso Cruz III, Dulce, Lou Veloso, Gian Magdangal, Tricia Amper-Jimenez and Epi Quizon in special roles. Nestor Torre directs, with music by Ryan Cayabyab, story and libretto by José Javier Reyes.

Performing as Katy de la Cruz, who was the country’s highest-paid singer during her time, and a famous performer in various jazz clubs in the United States, is a dream role for Alvarez.

As a teacher, Isay spent many years teaching acting and musical theater at ABS-CBN and GMA 7. She was in the original cast of “Miss Saigon” in London. She has done numerous films and had innumerable TV appearances. She was producer of albums “Dueto” and “iDream.” As one of the respected talents of the Philippines, she has done various concerts and corporate shows here and abroad.

In the field of stage performance, she has done theater productions with CCP and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta).

“Katy,” a production by Spotlight Artists Centre and the CCP, is one of the five original Filipino musicals set to delight audiences at CCP in 2013.

For details, call the CCP at 8321125, or Ticketworld, 8919999.

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