Pemiered on Broadway in 1982, where it ran for 7,485 performances in 18 years. Cats was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company. Originally directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, the revival production of Cats features the makeup design by John Napier and Karen Dawson; set design by John Napier and Alan Walker; orchestrations by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen; musical direction by Mathieu Serradell; sound design by Greg Pink, and lighting design by David Hershey and Howard Eaton, along with Chrissie Cartwright, associate choreographer and director to Gillian Lynne and Trevor Nunn, and Bill Deamer, “Gumbie Cat” tap choreographer.
Award-winning Filipina actress Joanna Ampil, who performed in “Les Miserables” for Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family, is now slaying on Lea Salonga’s “claws” as this year’s Grizabella. Cats in Manila is a “purrfect” Holiday treat with catchy songs and poetry, and appealing choreography.
Besides Joanna Ampil, also in the cast are Nicholas Pound (Old Deuteronomy), Harry Francis (Quazo/Mistoffelees), Luke Fraser Yates (Munkustrap), George Hinson (Rum Tum Tugger), Joe Henry (Mungojerrie), Gavin Eden (Skimbleshanks), Kirsty Ingram (Rumpelteazer), Elizabeth Futter (Jellylorum), Sally Frith (Bombalurina), Erica-Jayne Alden (Demeter), Amy Whittle (Jennyanydots), Ellie Young (Victoria/White Cat), Holly Willock (Jemima), Danielle Cato (Cassandra), Gabrielle Cocca (Tantomile), Cian Hughes (Carbucketty), Rhys Batten (Coricopat), Thomas Inge (Macavity/Admetus), Mukeni Nel (Bill Bailey), Lloyd Davies (Alonzo), Andrew Keelan (Bustopher Jones/Asparagus), Abigail Dever (Swing), Alexandra Wright (Swing), Elly Shaw (Swing), Liam Buckland (Swing), Lee Nicholson (Swing), Brian O’Muiri (Swing), and Barry Haywood (Walking cover).
Cats may not be back here for a very long time as stated by Carlos Candal of GMG Theatrical Productions prior to showing some excerpts (“Prologue: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats,” “The Rum Tum Tugger,” and “Memory”) before the media. So to all theater fans and Cats lover out there, you still have time until December 1 of this year.
Let your memory be played and enjoy a good night at the theater. Sit back, relax, and watch a variety of cats.