Kim Molina returns to theater stage as Zsazsa Zaturnnah

Kim Molina returns to theater stage as Zsazsa Zaturnnah

Kim Molina is Zsazsa Zaturnnah in Ateneo Blue Repertory’s staging of the play this 2023.

Actress Kim Molina announced her return to theater as the fabulous heroine, Zsazsa Zaturnnah, in an Instagram post last December 12.

Kim has been active in professional theater since 2013. She is best known for her role as Aileen in PETA’s hit Filipino musical Rak of Aegis, for which she won Best Actress in a Musical from Gawad Buhay.

This opened many doors for her, and Kim went on to pursue her singing and acting career. She became a mainstay of the Kapamilya teleserye Kadenang Ginto in 2018, then went on to star in several movies such as Momol Nights, #Jowable, and Ang Babaeng Walang Pakiramdam. She was able to be part of many notable shows and movies, garnering even more awards and working with even more artists.

In 2023, Kim goes back to the theater in Ateneo Blue Repertory’s staging of Zsazsa Zaturnnah.

“HUUUU!! ETO NA NGA!! Magbabalik sa mahal kong entablado,” Kim shared excitedly. “KITAKITS SA MARSO!”

Zsazsa Zaturnnah is a character from the 2002 graphic novel Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah by Carlo Vergara. It follows the adventures of Zsazsa, the curvaceous superheroine, and her alter-ego Ada, a gay beautician from the province. While it seems like a parody to Mars Ravelo’s iconic superheroine Darna, whom Carlo did pay tribute to, Zsazsa’s story talks more about the issues faced by the LGBTQ community.

It was later reimagined as a musical by Tanghalang Pilipino. First staged in 2006, it has become Tanghalang Pilipino’s longest-running show. Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal ran from 2006 to 2011 with actresses such as Eula Valdes and K Brosas playing Zsazsa, and Tuxqs Rutaquio and Vincent dela Cruz playing Ada.

Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh was also released in 2006, this time with Zsa Zsa Padilla playing the title role. Ada was played by BB Gandanghari. In 2019, an animated version of Zsazsa also came out.

This time, Zsazsa Zaturnnah returns to the stage under the direction of Missy Maramara for Ateneo Blue Repertory. The stage adaptation is by Chris Martinez while music, lyrics, and musical direction is by Vincent A. De Jesus.

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