Joanna Ampil to Star in the Musical Cats for the Manila Leg of the International Tour
theateractress Joanna Ampil will once again take on the role of Glamour Cat 'Grizabella' at the Theatre at Solaire in November 2019.
- This is the second international staging of Cats in the Philippines after a first tour brought the musical to the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2010.
The year 2019 is shaping out to be the year of the cat. Manila can now look forward to two cultural events that will celebrate Andrew Lloyd Weber’s hit musical Cats. We can expect the first, a movie adaptation with an all-star cast featuring names like Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, and Idris Elba, to hit cinemas by December 20, 2019. The second production is an international tour of Cats starring none other than Filipina musical superstar Joanna Ampil as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, during the Manila run at the Theatre at Solaire in November.
Ampil is no stranger to playing the Jellicle tribe outcast, as she has mastered Grizabella’s melancholic number “Memory.” Ampil was first chosen for the part in
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Ampil follows in the footsteps of Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, who played Grizabella during the country's first international staging of Cats in 2010 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Meanwhile, Cats has enjoyed phenomenal success, coming in second on the list of Broadway’s longest-running musicals, right after Phantom of the Opera. It first opened on the West End in 1981 and has since been staged in over 30 countries and attracted some 73 million people worldwide, reports Billboard.
h/t: Theater Fans Manila