Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced the purrfect tribute to Dame Gillian Lynne with the re-naming of the New London Theatre. This will be the first time that a West End Theatre has been named after a woman. The announcement was made by Andrew Lloyd Webber at a special event at the New London Theatre last night. “I am delighted to be able to announce that the New London Theatre is to be renamed as the Gillian Lynne Theatre,” he said. “Gillian has been a pioneer of British musical theatre and dance. Gillie’s groundbreaking work on Cats inspired and launched countless careers in dance. It is only fitting that the theatre in which she created Cats is named in her honour.” The 92 year old legendary choreographer and director was responsible for the ground-breaking choreography for Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera two of the shows which led the British … Read more
It has to be said: Marianne Benedict as Grizabella gives the best rendition of the infamous show tune that I have ever heard; with the climactic crescendo, her pipes burst with such raw integrity and the uninterrupted audience applause (which will undoubtedly be repeated at each performance) is whole-heartedly deserved.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats is back in the UK for a series of limited engagements in Blackpool, London and Manchester. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, the musical played to sell-out houses at the London Palladium last Christmas. The show will feature Jane MacDonald int he role of Grizabella in Blackpool with Beverley Knight taking on the role at the London Palladium with further casting to be announced. Directed by Trevor Nunn, choreography by Gillian Lynne and design by John Napier, the show holds the record for the show holds the title of sixth longest-running show in the West End and third longest running show on Broadway. CATS UK TOUR PAST DATES Edinburgh Playhouse Monday 4 July – Saturday 9 July 2016 Liverpool Empire Monday 11 – Saturday 16 July 2016 Princess Theatre Torquay Tuesday 30 August – Saturday 3 September 2016 Kings … Read more
Beverley Knight is to take on the role of Grizabella when Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the London Palladium this October. Beverley Knight said: “To be asked to join the company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s historic show was so exciting and totally unexpected as, vocally, I am so different to the many incredible women who have sung the classic Memory over the years. To follow in their footsteps is something to truly relish! I am really looking forward to transforming into Grizabella with her fabulous costume and amazing make up and to be playing the role at the London Palladium. Working with Andrew will be a real privilege.” Currently starring as Felicia in Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre and was previously seen in the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre. Beverley follows Nicole Scherzinger and Kerry Ellis who both played the role … Read more
Due to popular demand Cats has extended its booking period until 25th April 2015. Over 100,000 tickets are now on sale for the extended booking period . It was also announced that Kerry Ellis will take over from Nicole Scherzinger from 9th February 2015 in the role of Grizabella. Kerry Ellis has played Elphaba in Wicked both in the West End and on Broadway. Her other theatre credits include The War Of The Worlds Arena Tour, Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and My Fair Lady at the National Theatre and in the West End. Cats returned to the West End stage last month under the direction of the shows original creative team including Trevor Nunn, Gillian Lynne, Andrew Lloyd Weber and John Napier. BOOK TICKETS FOR CATS THE MUSICAL AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM
This production of Cats, certainly inspired some heated conversations over the weekend, but what it also revived in me was my love of the show itself and it’s place in awakening my love of musicals, a love that I daresay will never leave me. These long-running shows wrote new rules for musicals and continue to do so.