Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Prison Dancer: The Interactive Web Musical

The dancing inmates of Cebu have inspired YouTube stars and Pinoy talents emerging in North America to create an interactive musical web series and stage play - Prison Dancer.

Taken from their official Facebook page, Prison Dancer is an original interactive musical web series inspired by the viral Youtube phenomenon, the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu.” Featuring a cast of Youtube stars and some of the most exciting Filipino musical talent emerging in North America, Prison Dancer is “Glee meets Miss Saigon” wrapped in a “choose your own”adventure. Filled with catchy pop tunes, star-crossed lovers, and engaging interactive elements, Prison Dancer brings together the best of Broadway and Youtube entertainment and takes transmedia storytelling to the next level.

As the plot says:

Prison Dancer is the story of 6 Filipino prisoners whose lives are forever changed by the dancing rehabilitation program that became a worldwide viral sensation on Youtube. Using surveillance footage, interviews with inmates inside the prison, and good old fashioned investigative journalism, pop culture journalist Matt Wells uncovers the personal, poignant, hilarious and universal stories of 6 prison dancers whose group dancing turned a maximum security jailhouse into a world stage.

Behind the prison walls, we meet inmates Ruperto Poblador aka LOLA (who along with his gay minions OO OO and NANA, choreographs the first prison dance routines), HOOKAPS, (the prison hustler), SHAKESPEARE (the prison’s resident poet) and CHRISTIAN, (the prison’s newest inmate) and discovers a tale of life, death, dreams, fears and ultimately, redemption.

The musical series stars Mikey Bustos (the guy in Chicharon ni Mang Juan ad), Catherine Ricafort, Jeigh Madjus, Matt Wells, Ron Josol, Nicco Lorenzo, Norm Alconcel, Pierre Bayuga, Joseph Sevillo.

It is written by Romeo Candido (who is also the director)  and Carmen de Jesus, and produced by Ana Serrano.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Yey! Another Pinoy achievement! Go Pinoys! Debut episode in March!

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