REVIEW: Cats, London Palladium ✭✭✭✭

Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in Cats. Photo: Alessandro Pinna

The very best aspect of this production is the power, energy and sheer musicality Graham Hurman brings to the score. The orchestra is sizzling, sparking musical energy through every bar of Lloyd-Webber’s rich and diverse score. There is discipline, sensuality, a real sense of tribal connection and acrobatic excellence in the dancing here; it all feels fresh, precise and vigorous.

Cats Opens At London Palladium

Elaine Paige and Nicole Scherzinger at the Cats Opening Night. Photo: Dan Wooller

Nicole Scherzinger made her theatrical stage debut as the London Palladium last night playing Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. This special revival is playing at the London Palladium for a limited run and re-unites the shows original creative team of Director Trevor Nunn, Choreographer Gillian Lynne, and Designer John Napier who have given the show a face lift 33 years after it first opened at the New London Theatre. Cats was to become one of the longest-running shows on Broadway and in the West End winning major theatrical awards worldwide with a combined audience of over 50 million people and counting. Last night’s audience included Elaine Paige who originated the role of Grizabella in 1981 and the composers family. Don’t miss out on seeing this classic musical in its revamped glory. Cats runs until 28th February 2015.  

Ben Forster to appear in Evita as Magaldi

Ben Forster Evita

He shot to fame after winning the ITV show ‘Superstar’ which led him to front the UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock musical – and now Ben Forster is back and joining forces with musical theatre’s greatest partnership once again. Ben is to return to the West End stage to guest star in Evita in the role of Agustin Magaldi – Eva Peron’s first love – when it reopens the refurbished Dominion Theatre on September 16th. He will star alongside pop icon Marti Pellow, who plays Che, and rising star Madalena Alberto, who portrays Argentina’s iconic First Lady, for a limited run of 55 performances. “It is a huge privilege to take on such a fantastic part and in such a brilliant show!” Ben said. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, … Read more

Cats comes to the London Palladium for Christmas

Cats Launch London Palladium

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne were today joined by Producer David Ian to announce that Cats will be returning to the West End in a “new edition” of the show. Originally produced at The New London Theatre, the show ran for over 21 years confounding early naysayers who thought that a musical based on T.S Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats would never work.  The show went on to be staged around the world conquering all before it. Lloyd Webber and his original creative team were excited to reveal that the London Palladium production would allow them to create a new blueprint for the show going forward for years to come.  Lloyd Webber revealed that this production would allow him a chance to re-work Growltiger’s Last Stand, which he was never really happy with, and to re-work The Rum Tum Tugger as a modern day rapper. … Read more

Joseph to hit the silver screen

Joseph and his amazing technicolor dreamcoat

Following the success of the movie musical Les Miserables, Andrew Lloyd Webber has confirmed that plans are afoot for a screen adaptation of his musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In an interview on the BBC’s One Show, Lloyd Webber confirmed that production had already begun. Lloyd Webber was also quick to mention that with the success of Les Miserables, a film version of Cats was “now, for the first time, a real possibility”. Lloyd Webber musicals have already been adapted for the big screen. His musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and The Phantom Of The Opera have enjoyed success with others including Sunset Boulevard awaiting a screen adaptation.

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