Tuesday, November 13

Joanna Ampil playing Grizabella in Cats Tour

There is some more casting news for the tour of Cats which kicks off at Edinburgh Playhouse next February.

Philippine actress Joanna Ampil is playing Grizabella who sings the iconic song Memory. Her other West End credits include  Kim in Miss Saigon, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables and Mimi in Rent.

She turned down the original offer of a one year contract because she didn’t want to be away from the Philippines for too long and is now performing the role for six months . Ampil will perform at 10 venues including Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Southampton, Dublin and Oostende in Belgium returning  to Manila after the Dublin show in September.

She will be joining Oliver Savile  (Les Miserables playing the role of Feuilly/1st cover Enjolras) Rum Tum Tugger. Katie Warsop (Wizard of Oz, We Will Rock You, Spirit of the Dance, 42nd Street) is playing Rumpleteazer and  Cameron Ball  (shortly to appear in Leicester Curve’s Hello Dolly!,  The Snowman. Chess, White Christmas, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street, Fiddler on the Roof, Giselle) is Macavity.

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