Joanna Ampil Headlines International Tour of Cats
She'll be belting out "Memory" on a stage near you very soon.
The year 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the cat. Manila can look forward to two cultural events that will celebrate Andrew Lloyd Weber's hit musical Cats. The first is an international tour of Cats with none other than Filipina musical superstar Joanna Ampil as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, during the Manila run at The Theatre at Solaire in November. Then, a movie adaptation with an all-star cast featuring names like Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, and Idris Elba, is expected to hit cinemas on December 20.
Ampil is no stranger to playing the Jellicle tribe outcast, as she has mastered Grizabella's melancholic number "Memory" after having been chosen for the part in
In a past interview with The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Ampil recounts how she first won the role of Grizabella almost a decade ago. She sang the popular track "Memory" for director Chrissie Cartwright and choreographer Gillian Lynne, and midway through the song, tears streamed down her face because she was so moved.
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.
Cats opens in November at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. For updates, follow Concertus Manila on Facebook.