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Photo Flash: Lea Salonga as Grizabella

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The Tony-winning star of MISS SAIGON, Lea Salonga, will play the role of the Glamour Cat Grizabella in the international touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musical CATS NOW AND FOREVER running on a limited engagement at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from July 24 to August 15, 2010.

Ms. Salonga recently flew to Sydney to rehearse with the Australian touring cast and production team.  The sets, costumes, props, and the people behind the touring production are expected to arrive in Manila by mid-July 2010.

CATS in Manila is produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, Concertus Inc., and All Youth Channels in association with The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific.

The show, based on the OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS by T.S. Eliot, has music by musical theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber ("The Phantom of the Opera", "Sunset Boulevard"). Its musical numbers include the hit song "Memory".

The show holds the record as Broadway's second longest-running musical. Its New York run was truly phenomenal - the production at the Winter Garden Theatre ran for 18 years.

CATS first opened in London's West End in 1981 with Elaine Paige (Grizabella), and then on Broadway after a year with Betty Buckley (Grizabella), directed by Trevor Nunn ("Les Miserables", "Starlight Express"), and choreographed by Gilliane Lynne ("The Phantom of the Opera", "Aspects of Love"). The musical won numerous awards including both the Laurence Olivier Award and Tony Award for Best Musical.

Grizabella,  a former Glamour Cat, has lost her clout and sparkle, and now only seeks to be accepted by the "Jellicle Cats" society, whose members are anxiously waiting to be reborn into a new life.

"I'll be playing Grizabella...As for what attracts me to her, besides the big song? Grizabella is the cat that shone in the spotlight once upon a time, and doesn't anymore. She's scraggy, dirty, ugly, and relives the Glory Days in her mind. It'll be interesting to play someone that once shone, and no longer does," said Ms. Salonga.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit www.ticketworld.com.ph or http://facebook.com/catsinmanila.

Photo Flash:  Lea Salonga as Grizabella

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Oliver Oliveros Oliver Oliveros received a master's degree in public relations and corporate communication from New York University while serving as regional director for BroadwayWorld.com, where he accepted an Award for Excellence: Best International Editor in 2013.

In the last 20 years, Oliver has been handling either public relations, corporate communication, or integrated marketing communications for numerous brands (including Pepsi), Broadway shows, Broadway stars, non-profit organizations, and mainstream celebrities.

He is the editor-in-chief of Fil-Am Who’s Who magazine, and a board member, handling publicity and communications, for the annual The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Awards held in Carnegie Hall.


 
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