CATS Cast Announced . . . Except Grizabella!

There is one decision that defines everyone on this planet. Are you a cat person or a dog person? Luckily for this landmark musical, most musical theatre audiences are cat people.

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Starting in Sydney on 30th October, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS will return to Australia straight from a highly-acclaimed West End revival. CATS will then prowl its way through Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide before finishing its run in Perth in April 2016. Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com.au

This morning, the producers announced the cast of this reworked classic which includes an updated role for the Rum Tum Tugger. Previously portrayed as a rock and roll cat when this genre was at its peak, the revival takes cues from the current music culture introducing Rum Tum Tugger as a rapping street cat . . . who even breakdances!

The female feline favourites from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats will be Amy Berrisford (Demeter), Madeline Cain (swing), Emma Delmenico (Resident Choreographer/swing), Dominique Hamilton (Rumpleteazer), Ashleigh Hauschild (Tantomile), Jade Hui-Wen Coutts (Victoria/The White Cat), Erin James (swing), Emily Keane (Cassandra), Sarah Landy (Bombalurina), Bree Langridge (swing), Holly Meegan (Jennyanydots), Samantha Morley (Jellylorum/Griddlebone), and Stephanie Silcock (Jemima).

The male cats will be played by Daniel Assetta (Rum Tum Tugger), James Cooper (Admetus/Macavity/Dance Captain), Andrew Dunne (swing), Matt Edwards (swing), Christopher Favaloro (Mr Mistoffelees), Keanu Gonzalez (Alonzo/Rumpus Cat), Ross Hannaford (Skimbleshanks), Sam Hooper (swing), Thomas Johansson (Pouncival), Tobias Madden (Carbucketty), Matt McFarlane (Munkustrap), Stephen Morgante (Resident Director/swing), Brent Osborne (Mungojerrie), Josh Piterman (Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger), Taylor Scanlan (Bill Bailey), Jason Wasley (Old Deuteronomy), and Patrick Whitbread (Coricopat).

However, the most famous cat is yet to be announced. Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, sings the musical’s most infamous song ‘Memory’ which has been covered by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand to Barry Manilow and is the perfect role for some clever star casting to bring a whole new generation of theatre audiences into the glaring.

In the West End, the role was played by the cleverly chosen Nicole Scherzinger who brought a generation of Pussycat Dolls fans into the glaring. (She seems to have quite an affinity with our feline friends). Could it be time for Australian musical theatre legend Marina Prior, who got her start in the Australian premier production of CATS, to step back into the limelight? Or will the production cast a celebrity from a completely different field to bring new Australian audiences to this legendary show?

. . . Nothing builds the hype like a bit of suspense!

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