Zsazsa Zaturnnah (play) is the adaptation of graphic novel or fictional comic book into a hilarious stage musical by Tanghalang Pilipino, one of the country's top theater companies. From the collaborators Chris Martinez (for stage adaptation), Vincent de Jesus (for lyrics, composition and musical direction) and Chris Millado (stage direction).
The musical was staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines from February 10 to March 5, 2006. Actress Eula Valdez turned dramatic as played the title role to positive reviews. Other lead roles were played by Tuxqs Rutaquio (as the character Ada), Ricci Chan (as Didi), alternates Lauren Novero and Arnold Reyes (as Dodong), and alternates Agot Isidro and Kalila Aguilos (as Queen Femina Suarestellar Baroux).
Even before the musical's opening night, almost all tickets for the scheduled 16 shows had been booked, unprecedented in Tanghalang Pilipino's experience with original stage material. The musical has had 31 shows over three stagings between February 10 to June 18, 2005.
The musical received a nomination for Best Stage Musical from the 19th Aliw Awards, an annual event giving recognition to Philippine live entertainment, which includes theatrical and concert performances. Tuxqs Rutaquio and Eula Valdez] have also received nominations for Best Stage Actor and Actress, respectively, for a Musical. In addition, Chris Millado earned a nomination for Best Stage =OrigDirector. Among all the nominations, it was Valdez who took home the trophy during the August 31, 2006 awards night.
The musical is performed in the many theaters in the Philippines.
Zaturnnah, a powerful and voluptuous female with large red hair and a muscular physique, is reminiscent of the DC Comics character Wonder Woman and the classic Filipino superhero Darna. The distinct difference is the sexuality of her alter ego Ada, who is an effeminate homosexual male. The proprietor of a small town beauty salon, Ada receives a huge stone that, when ingested, physically transforms him into Zsazsa Zaturnnah.
Ada sought to prove to himself and his parents that he can make a decent living as a beautician, while remaining haunted by the memory of his father. His father vehemently disapproved of Ada's homosexuality, even going as far as dipping Ada's head in wet pig feed to emphasize his disgust. Ada's previous relationship with a man named Lester ended dismally. His life experience prompted him to turn inward, seemingly cold and unfeeling, while rebuilding his life from the point of his parents' deaths.
It was in a small town where Ada rented a space owned by Aling Britney, and set up shop. With his assistant Didi, Ada was on his way to what he believed to be a normal life. That is, until a strange green stone fell from the sky, granting Ada the ability to transform into a superhuman woman whenever he ingests it and shouts the word "Zaturnnah!" (which was etched on the stone). Didi proudly names the new hero Zsazsa Zaturnnah.
- Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah at FILIPINIANA.NET.
- Zsazsa Zaturnnah booksite at VisPrint
- Zsazsa Zaturnnah's entry on International Hero at International Hero
- Profile page of the film adaptation on IMDb at Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh
-  David Corpuz, "Subverting Zsazsa Zaturnnah: A Critical Analysis on the Gender Representations on Carlo Vergara's Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah" (presented at the 8th ASEAN Inter-University Conference, Manila, May 2008).
- Zsazsa Zaturnnah at You Tube
- For additional information about Philippine Komiks, visit the Top 100 Pinoy Komiks Serials of Filipiniana.net Digital Library.