The moment you read "Chuva Choo Choo," chances are, Jolina Magdangal crossed your mind. But this isn't about her.
Chuva Choo Choo: The Mr.Kupido Musicale is a musical comedy inspired by the lyrics of Vehnee Saturno, the man behind hit OPM songs "Be My Lady" made famous by Martin Nievera, "Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig" by Jaya and "Mr. Kupido" by Rachel Alejandro.
Directed by seven-time Palanca winner George de Jesus III, the musical tells the story of two sisters, Dina and Darla, who go from amateur singing contestants to (hopefully) national stars. Played by Joanna Ampil and Morisette Amon, respectively, the sisters head to Manila to seek refuge after being unwitting witnesses to an altercation between the town Mayor and the contest organizer. In Manila, they find work as female impersonatorswho face a series of hilarious misadventures in their quest for stardom and true love.
For followers of the theatre scene, the plot should feel familiar as Chuva is an adaptation of the 2004 American film Connie and Carla. Like Dina and Darla, the film's titular sisters go on the run after witnessing a murder, along the way scoring the perfect gig in Los Angeles as cabaret drag queens.
Here's a look at the play's "Darla," Morisette Amon, giving you a little preview: