Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lea Salonga plays Grizabella in CATS - Now and Forever, Live in Manila

From West End Theater, London in 1981 and Broadway, New York in 1982, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats the Musical will be crossing the Pacific for the one (1) month staging of Cats - Now and Forever, Live in Manila on July 24 to August 22 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Pasay City. The musical play is based from the 1939 children novel of T.S. Eliot entitled Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Cats Live in Manila will be featuring Lea Salonga as Grizabella, a former glamour cat who has lost her sparkle and hoping for acceptance in the younger generation of cats. She left their tribe (Jellicle Tribe) when she was young wanting to explore the world and the only thing she get was the cruelty of the world outside the society of the cats. Salonga will be performing with Shaun Rennie (Munkustrap), John Ellis (Old Deuteronomy) and Michael-John Hurney (Gus/ Growltiger).

(Lea Salonga as Grizabella - Photo from

Cats introduced and made the song Memory popular, where it was considered as one of the peak of the story where it will be performed by Grizabella. Cats - Now and Forever, Live in Manila will run from July 24 to August 22, 2010 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo in CCP, here are the schedules and price of the tickets of the most awaited musical play of the year; for Matinee Performance that runs every Saturday (3:00pm) and Sunday (2:30pm) the ticket price are PhP7000, PhP5000, PhP3500, PhP2000 and PhP1000, for Evening Performance that runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (8:00pm) and Sunday (7:30pm) the ticket price are PhP6000, PhP4500, PhP3000, PhP1500, and PhP750 and lastly for Friday and Saturday Night Performance that starts on 8:00PM the ticket price are PhP7000, PhP5000, PhP3500, PhP2000, Php1000.

Cats the Musical was presented already in 300 cities in over 26 countries including Vienna (Austria), Los Angeles (USA), Sydney Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and Horbart (Australia), Mexico City (Mexico), Madrid (Spain), Warsaw (Poland), Singapore, South Korea, Hongkong, China and São Paulo (Brazil). The musical play won awards from Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Musicals in 1981 and in the 1983 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Score, Featured Actress, Costume Design, Direction and Lightning Design.

Originally CATS - Now and Forever, Live in Manila will be shown until August 15 where the play was given extension until August 22. For more updates about the promos, news and behind the scenes of CATS - Now and Forever, Live in Manila visit the Official Facebook Page ( and Tumblr account (

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