What’s A Jellicle Cat?
“Jellicle Cats are Black, and White”... Jellicle Cats have red hair? Maybe? Ok... So recently has been a cool time for me. I had the lucky opportunity to meet and work with the cast of Andrew Llloyd Webber’s ‘Cats The Musical’. Primarily based within the Stage Management department as an ASM (Assistant Stage Manager).
Since Cats first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals. With a plot based on T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and award-winning music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Cats, originally directed by Trevor Nunn, has since been presented in over 20 countries and in about 250 cities, including such diverse destinations as Buenos Aires, Seoul, Helsinki and Singapore.
The show has been translated into 10 languages: Japanese, German, (three versions for Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, French, Spanish (two versions for Mexico and Argentina) and Italian. The Swiss production required a bilingual cast who performed in German and English on alternate nights. The title of the show has rarely been translated, the Mexican producers did a survey as to whether the Mexican audience would like their production to be called Gatos – the response in favour of keeping the English original was unanimous.
It was amazing to be part of such a lovely team and beautiful production, even if it was only for a short period. I hope I one day re-join the company for more purr-formances (that was terrible, I know. But, I just had to - Sorry).
If you want to catch the show head over to their website: http://www.catsthemusical.com/tickets/2013-ukeurope-tour/