Ayen Probes on Showbiz Then and Now
The colorful but biting world of show business has always been the same then and now.
This was what Ayen Munji-Laurel discovered as she prepares for her stage return via the Dulaang UP musical "Atang."
"All that glamour and politics are basically the same things that make the business go round," Ayen disclosed to the Manila Bulletin in a recent interview for the musical running until December 14.
Ayen started acting and singing on stage in Tanghalang Pilipino, then in college at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
Playing National Artist and local show business' first real superstar Atang Dela Rama was one of Ayen's biggest career challenges but the well-written stage play by Floy Quintos is too beautiful to let it pass, said Ayen.
In the play initially set in 1987, Ayen is Gia, a twenty-something actress of her generation making a thorough research on Atang. …