Ang Larawan (The Musical)
In July of 1997, Ms Zsa Zsa Padilla appeared in a full length musicale, “Larawan” a Filipino translation of Nick Joaquin’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Filipino,” a poignant story of the Marasigan family in pre-World War II Manila. Set to music by Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, translated into Pilipino and directed by the late Mr. Rolando Tinio, and produced by Musical Theater Philippines, “Larawan” was staged at the Main Theatre of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on July 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27 1997 with matinee shows on the 19th and the 26th.
Zsa Zsa received critical acclaim for her portrayal of “Paula” in her theatre debut. The musical was “a certified big hit!” Her performance was “a pleasant surprise” and “left the audience in awe” even to the most avid theatre goers.