This morning, producers of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS announced the cast for the new Australian production, which will tour Australia from October this year.
The beloved musical will feature the new staging from the acclaimed West End revival and will open in Sydney, followed by stops in Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide, finishing in Perth in April 2016.
The female cast features 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 cast features 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).
The actor to play the role of ‘Grizabella’ in Australia is yet to be announced.
(Did you spot AussieTheatre’s Co-Directors, Erin James and Matt Edwards, in the lists above? We’re so excited for and proud of them!)
CATS premiered in London in 1981, playing for 21 years. The Broadway production followed two years later, and it ran for 18 years – this is a bona fide hit. CATS has been staged in more than 30 countries, been translated in 15 languages, and has won Tonys, Oliviers, Grammys, and many more awards. The well-known standard “Memory” is a CATS original that has made its way into popular consciousness.
This production is based on the 2015 Olivier Award-nominated staging from London, which was reworked by the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber .
This hit revival introduces a rapping ‘street cat’ in the famous Rum Tum Tugger role, who will perform some serious breakdancing moves – TS Eliot would have never seen it coming.