It's confirmed! Joanna Ampil to play Grizabella in the upcoming Manila run of 'Cats'
MANILA, Philippines – Award-winning actress Joanna Ampil is leading the cast of Cats in Manila, playing the lonely outcast Grizabella, who performs the musical's most well-known song, "Memory."
Joanna played Grizabella before as part of the Cats UK and European tour that ran from 2013 to 2014, as well as its world tour in 2017 and 2018.
Aside from Cats, Joanna's has played Kim in several productions of Miss Saigon, Mary Magdalene in the 1996 London revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, and Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables as performed for the British royal family.
Joanna herself had previously announced that she was reprising her role for the Manila show.
"After touring the world with [Cats], I’m beyond ecstatic to be bringing Grizabella back HOME," she said.
Joining Joanna in the cast are Luke Fraser Yates, George Hinson, Gavin Eden, Kirsty Ingram, Elizabeth Futter, Sally Frith, Erica-Jayne Alden, Amy Whittle, Ellie Young, Holly Willock, Danielle Cato, Gabrielle Coca, Cian Hughes, Rhys Batten, Thomas Inge, Mukeni Nel, Lloyd Davies, Abigail Dever, Alexandra Wright, Elly Shaw, Liam Buckland, Lee Nicholson, and Brian O’Muiri.
The show will be directed by Dane Quixall.
Cats, composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber, is one of the longest-running shows on West End and Broadway. Based on TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the show tells the story of a tribe of felines called the Jellicle Cats, who come together for the Jellicle Ball, during which their leader, Old Deuteronomy, decides who among them will be reborn into a new life.
The musical will run at the Theatre at Solaire for a limited time, starting on November 6. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketworld. – Rappler.com
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