CATS, one of the greatest and most adored musicals the world has ever known, has returned to Singapore and now performing at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands from 9 January with a season extension until 1 February 2015. Tickets are now on sale. CATS is quite simply a phenomenon. The show features a magnificent musical score composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express), including the timeless hit song “Memory”. Together with a fantastical oversized set, inspired choreography and mischievous costumes, CATS is a brilliant song and dance spectacular not to be missed.
Seen by over 70 million people world-wide, CATS first opened in London in May 1981 to rave reviews and went on to win a record-breaking number of awards internationally including two Olivier Awards for ‘Musical of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Musicals’, and seven Tony Awards. It holds the record for one of the longest-running musicals in West End history playing for 21 years. In addition CATS played 18 years on Broadway and has been presented in over twenty-six countries, in about three hundred cities, in fourteen languages.
“A brilliantly conceived song and dance spectacular”
Sunday Express UK
Producer Kerry Comerford of The Really Useful Group said “CATS is an exceptional musical for so many reasons, and sits in a class of its own. It has received incredible acclaim over the years, and to this day remains unrivalled by other musicals in its world-wide successes. I am confident that audiences in Singapore will welcome the return of this legendary musical.” Boasting a cast and crew of 53 including a live band, this internationally acclaimed production of CATS reconnects us with our favourite feline characters – Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks. Based on the book of poems “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” (1939) by T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the imaginative tale of a tribe of Jellicle Cats as they gather together for the annual Jellicle Ball, and one by one tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, who must choose one of the Cats to journey to the Heaviside Layer to be reborn into a new life. CATS is produced in Singapore by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Base Entertainment Asia in association with The Really Useful Group.
CATS International Tour Season :
9 January to 1 February 2015
MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES :
Tuesday – Friday 8:00pm; Saturday: 2:00pm and 8:00pm Sunday: 1:00pm and 6.00pm
Jo-Anne Robinson – Director and Choreographer
Jo-Anne trained in the UK and her performance credits include the original London casts of A Chorus Line, Billy, No No Nannette, Mardi Gras, Oklahoma! and many T.V. and variety shows including Royal Command Performances in England.
Since concentrating on the directorial/choreographic side of theatre in the UK, her credits have included working with Peter Coe on Flowers for Algernon, assisting Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne on the original production of Cats in London, and she also assisted in the staging of the New York production of Cats. She has directed and choreographed Cats worldwide, concurrently working as Resident Director/Choreographer on the original productions of The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon as they toured Australia.
Jo-Anne has worked on many other T.V. and film productions, both in England and Australia choreographing scenes as required and has directed and choreographed Into the Woods, Mack and Mable and South Pacific in Australia, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in China, choreographed Aspects of Love and The Hunting of the Snark both in London and Australia, Little Shop of Horrors and Nine in Australia plus the operas Manon Lescaut and Romeo and Juliette for Opera Australia and the original workshop of Boy From Oz.
She is constantly travelling with various productions of Cats. Meanwhile, she completed a B.A. in Italian and Art History at Sydney University, has been part of a team excavating an archaeological site in Chios where she returned in July 2007 to assist in a study tour. She revisited South Pacific directing and choreographing it in April/May 2005, in Adelaide, Australia and worked as Associate Director/Choreographer on a new production of Titanic The Musical, the Tony award winning musical by Maury Yeston and Peter Stone which opened in Sydney in October 2006 to great critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Production of a Musical by the Sydney Theatre Critics.
More Cats productions followed, including South Africa, Bangkok, China and Australia, plus two Korean language versions and a Chinese language production. Jo-Anne created the original staging and choreography for the musical Jekyll and Hyde which was mounted in Australia in 2009 for a Korean tour, followed by a tour to Taiwan and has most recently choreographed a film in Sydney. She is very happy and proud to return to Singapore to rehearse the current International cast of Cats.