As previously reported, Joanna Ampil is set to play Grizabella in the International Tour of “Cats.” She has played the role of the “Glamour Cat” in the musical’s UK and European Tour from 2013-14, and the World Tour from 2017-2018.
It was also recently announced that she will be playing the role of Mary Magdalene in Tokyo’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert” this October, where she will be performing alongside Ramin Karimloo (Judas Iscariot), Telly Leung (Peter), and Declan Bennett (Jesus Christ), among others.
Joining her in the cast are Luke Fraser Yates (Munkustrap), George Hinson (Rum Tum Tugger), 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 Coca (Tantomile), Cian Hughes (Carbucketty), Rhys Batten (Coricopat), Thomas Inge (Macavity/Admetus), Mukeni Nel (Bill Bailey), Lloyd Davies (Alonzo), Abigail Dever (Swing 1F), Alexandra Wright (Swing 2F), Elly Shaw (Swing 3F), Liam Buckland (Swing 1M), Lee Nicholson (Swing 2M), and Brian O’Muiri (Swing 3M). Dane Quixall will be serving as the production’s Resident Director.
“Cats” first came to Manila in 2010, where Lea Salonga performed the role of Grizabella, together with an international cast from Australia and the UK.
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, “Cats” first returned to the West End in December 2014 reuniting the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following a second season at the London Palladium in 2015 and a UK Tour in 2016, the production embarked on an international tour in 2017 and now continues to tour the world throughout 2018 and 2019.
“Cats” opens on November 6 at The Theatre at Solaire.