CATS, the second longest-running musical in Broadway history, will have a limited run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) beginning July 24, 2010. This production will feature Tony winner Lea Salonga as Grizabella, and an international cast that will primarily come from Australia, and the United Kingdom.
CATS is one of Broadway’s British imports, which first opened in London’s West End in 1981, was truly phenomenal – the production at the Winter Garden Theatre ran for 18 years. The musical won numerous awards including both the Laurence Olivier Award and Tony Award for Best Musical.
Grizabella is a former Glamour Cat who has lost her clout and sparkle, and now only seeks to be accepted by the “Jellicle Cats” society, whose members are anxiously waiting to be reborn into a new life.
“I’ll be playing Grizabella (aka the non-dancer part). As for what attracts me to her, besides the big song? Grizabella is The cat that shone in the spotlight once upon a time, and doesn’t anymore. She’s scraggy, dirty, ugly, and relives the Glory Days in her mind. It’ll be interesting to play someone that once shone, and no longer does,” noted Lea.
The show, based on the OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS by T.S. Eliot has music by musical theatre master Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard). Its musical numbers include the hit song MEMORY.
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