Katy! the Musical

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The Musical
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Productions1988 Makati
1989 Manila
2013 Manila
2013 Pasig (rerun)

Katy! the Musical is a Filipino–language biographical musical based on the life of Katy de la Cruz, considered the "Queen of Philippine vaudeville and jazz"[1][2] with music by Ryan Cayabyab and story and libretto by Jose Javier Reyes.[3][4]


Act 1[edit]

Scene 1

Back at their residence, Tatay is confronted by Katy's teacher regarding her attitude at school. It turns out that young Katy is not focused in her studies; rather, she is prone to playing around with her schoolmates. After the teacher finishes her speech, Tatay tells her that he will discipline his daughter regarding the issue, only to end up in shock when he finds out that his daughter has been kicked out of school. When Tatay angrily calls for young Katy, she is found to be hiding in the chest again. Tatay scolds Katy for being hard-headed and tells her that nothing will happen for her if she continues to act this way. Young Katy tells her dad that she will sing instead, since she is good at it and that she makes a lot of money. As they continue their bantering, an Empresario (Spanish for Entrepreneur) enters the scene and asks Tatay if he could hire the young Katy to be a singer.

Scene 2

The scene quickly changes to a cockfighting arena, where the young Katy performs for the people ("Tupada"). As the song ends and she starts to collect the loose change they throw at her, a rich man gives her a 20 peso bill for her performance. Shocked, she tries to return the money to the man, but he insists that the money is for her. Young Katy then screams and proceeds to run home to her father, telling him that they will be rich.

Scene 3

At the cinema, Tatay is standing behind the curtain, still trying to convince the now 15-year-old Katy to pursue something else other than performing. Teen Katy tells her father that she is making more money now and that she can afford to buy her parents anything they want. Tatay explains to Katy the difficulties in the theater life, especially for women. Katy then tells her dad to not worry, and that the both of them can take on any challenges that lie ahead. They are interrupted by a voice telling Katy that it's her turn to sing again. After her performance, she goes back to where Tatay is standing. Tatay then tells her that an American came by to ask him if Katy could perform in Teatro Lux. When Katy starts to get excited again, Tatay tells her that she needs to learn the songs and their lyrics.

Scene 4

At Teatro Lux, Katy, now a woman, is being watched by the amused cast and crew of the theater while singing ("St. Louie Blues")

Act 2[edit]

Musical number[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Character 1988[6] [7] 2013 2013 (Rerun)
Katy Mitch Valdez Isay Alvarez
Teen Katy Aicelle Santos
Young Katy Tenten Muñoz Yedda Lambujon / Leana Tabunar
Olivia Celeste Legaspi Dulce
Tatay Bernardo Bernardo Tirso Cruz III
Peping Marco Sison Gian Magdangal
Dolphy Robert Seña Epy Quizon
Hanna Pinky Marquez Tricia Jimenez
Patsy Arlene Borja Celine Fabie
Mary Gigi Posadas CJ Mangahis


Production Location Opening Night Closing Night
1988 Actors Studio East production[8] Rizal Theater, Makati
1989 GR Creative production[9] Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
2013 Spotlight Artists Centre production Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila January 17 January 27
Meralco Theater, Pasig July 25 August 4

Dancers, 1989 Cultural Center of the Philippines Production[edit]

  • Mary Faith Abano
  • Fara Dina Aquino
  • Maristela Balbalosa
  • Charlie Binias
  • Paul Castillos
  • Carolina Claro
  • Oscar Dizon
  • Ricky Mansarate
  • Girly Mateo
  • Jimmy Mateo
  • Cherry Mojica
  • Renato Salonga
  • Elissa Venturina


  1. ^ Mateo, Ibarra (22 Jan 2013). "Theater review: 'Katy' still works after 25 years" (Web). GMA News. Retrieved 22 Feb 2014.
  2. ^ Jorge, Rome (30 Jul 2013). "Return, beloved: 'Katy! The Musical'" (Web). Rappler.com. Retrieved 22 Feb 2014.
  3. ^ "Isay Alvarez topbills 'Katy' musical at CCP". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 6 Jan 2013. Retrieved 22 Feb 2014.
  4. ^ Ang, Walter (22 Mar 2014). "Hey, Madame Producers!" (Web). TheWalterAng.blogspot.com. Retrieved 23 Mar 2014.
  5. ^ a b "KATY (Katy Dela Cruz) – The Musical". TaraLETS.com. Retrieved on 22 Feb. 2014.
  6. ^ KATY – A Sentimental Hit.
  7. ^ Ang, Walter (22 Mar 2014). "Hey, Madame Producers!" (Web). WordsOfWalter.blogspot.com. Retrieved 23 Mar 2014.
  8. ^ Marquez, Francine (19 Jan 2013). "'Katy': Isay rocks, Dulce wows, and everyone wants a piece of Pip and Epy". InterAksyon.com. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 22 Feb 2014.
  9. ^ Ma. Lourdes Maniquis (1994). "Philippine Theater". In Nicanor Tiongson. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art V (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. p. 287. ISBN 971-8546-30-8