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Reviews: CATS at the London Palladium

December 12, 2014 

A reviews round-up for CATS at the London Palladium starring Nicole Scherzinger.

Nicole Scherzinger in CATS at the London Palladium

Nicole Scherzinger in CATS at the London Palladium

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of CATS opened last night (11 December 2014) at the London Palladium.

Reviews are starting to come in for the blockbuster revival, which sees the show’s original creative team reunite for the Palladium run: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score directed by Trevor Nunn, with design by John Napier and choreography by Gillian Lynne.

Cats stars former Pussy Cat Dolls and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger in the role of Grizabella, making her West End stage debut in the show.

See reviews below including The Telegraph and Daily Mail.

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First Look: Cats at the London Palladium

December 10, 2014 

Photo First Look: Production photos of Cats at the London Palladium starring Nicole Scherzinger.

Cats has started its blockbuster new run at the London Palladium.

Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella) in Cats at the London Palladium. Photo Alessandro Pinna

Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella) in Cats at the London Palladium. Photo Alessandro Pinna

Starring Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical has returned to London’s West End for a strictly limited season.

Cats is one of the longest-running shows in the West End and on Broadway, running for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances at the New London Theatre.

The show won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical and the Broadway production scooped seven Tony awards including Best Musical and ran for eighteen years.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,  the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – have reunited to bring Cats back to the West End this Christmas.

The full cast of the show includes Cameron Ball (Macavity/Admetus), Kathryn Barnes (Tantomile), Cassie Clare (Cassandra), Ross Finnie (Skimbleshanks), Charlene Ford (Bombalurina), Stevie Hutchinson (Pouncival), Adam Lake (Alonzo), Paul F Monaghan (Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger), Joel Morris (Carbucketty), Natasha Mould (Jemima),  Benjamin Mundy (Coricopat), Antoine Murray-Straughan (Rum Tum Tugger), Joseph Poulton (Quaxo/Mistoffelees), Nicholas Pound (Old Deuteronomy),  Sophia Ragavelas (alternate Grizabella), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone), Adam Salter (Bill Bailey), Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots), Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/White Cat), Callum Train (Munkustrap), Zizi Strallen (Demeter), Dawn Williams (Rumpleteazer) and Benjamin Yates (Mungojerrie) who are joined by swings Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts.

Photos by Alessandro Pinna

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Full cast announced for CATS at the London Palladium joining Nicole Scherzinger

October 24, 2014 

Andrew Lloyd Webber and the producers of CATS at the London Palladium have announced the full cast of the show.

Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in CATS at the London Palladium. Photo: Uli Weber

Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in CATS at the London Palladium. Photo: Uli Weber

Joining previously announced star Nicole Scherzinger, who will be making her West End stage debut as Grizabella, will be:  Cameron Ball (Macavity/Admetus), Kathryn Barnes (Tantomile), Cassie Clare (Cassandra), Ross Finnie (Skimbleshanks), Charlene Ford (Bombalurina), Stevie Hutchinson (Pouncival), Adam Lake (Alonzo), Paul F Monaghan (Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger), Joel Morris (Carbucketty), Natasha Mould (Jemima), Benjamin Mundy (Coricopat), Antoine Murray-Straughan (Rum Tum Tugger), Joseph Poulton (Quaxo/Mistoffelees), Nicholas Pound (Old Deuteronomy), Sophia Ragavelas (alternate Grizabella), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone), Adam Salter (Bill Bailey), Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots), Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/White Cat), Callum Train (Munkustrap), Zizi Strallen (Demeter), Dawn Williams (Rumpleteazer) and Benjamin Yates (Mungojerrie) who are joined by swings Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts.

This new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS is back in the West End for a limited season at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – are reunited to bring Cats back to the West End this Christmas.

Nicole Scherzinger will perform the role of Grizabella from 6 December 2014 to 7 February 2015.

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Nicole Scherzinger to join the cast of CATS at the London Palladium

September 28, 2014 

Former The Pussycat Dolls and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of CATS at the London Palladium.

Andrew Lloyd Webber announces that Nicole Scherzinger is to star in CATS at the London Palladium

Andrew Lloyd Webber announces that Nicole Scherzinger is to star in CATS at the London Palladium. Photo by Matt Crockett.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that acclaimed American music artist Nicole Scherzinger is to star in a major West End revival of CATS at the London Palladium this Christmas.

She will join the cast of the show to make her West End debut as Grizabella, singing the award-winning song “Memory” and following in the footsteps of Elaine Paige in the part.

CATS is returning to the West End for a limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show’s original creative team of director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber are all reuniting for the show.

Nicole Scherzinger is an acclaimed American recording artist, as part of The Pussycat Dolls – one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, and in her successful solo career. In 2011 she joined the UK version of the X Factor as a judge.

“Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honoured to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career.” – Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole said that she was thrilled to have got the part and to, “have the opportunity to work with Andrew, Trevor and Gillian is a dream come true. I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song Memory. Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honoured to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career. I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”

The full cast for Cats includes Cameron Ball as Macavity/Admetus, Kathryn Barnes as Tantomile, Cassie Clare as Cassandra, Ross Finnie as Skimbleshanks, Charlene Ford as Bombalurina, Adam Lake as Alonzo, Paul F Monaghan as Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger, Joel Morris as Carbucketty, Natasha Mould as Jemima, Benjamin Mundy as Coricopat, Joseph Poulton as Quaxo/Mistoffelees, Nicholas Pound as Old Deuteronomy, Sophie Ragavelas as alternate Grizabella, Clare Rickard as Jellylorum/ Griddlebone, Adam Salter as Bill Bailey, Laurie Scarth as Jennyanydots, Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella, Hannah Kenna Thomas as Victoria/White Cat, Callum Train as Munkustrap, Zizi Strallen as Demeter and Dawn Williams as Rumpleteazer who are joined by swings Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts.

Nicole Scherzinger will perform the role of Grizabella from 6 December 2014 to 7 February 2015.

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Photos: Evita at the Dominion Theatre

September 21, 2014 

Production photos of EVITA at the Dominion Theatre starring Marti Pellow

Marti Pellow in Evita at the Dominion Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

Marti Pellow in Evita at the Dominion Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

Following a successful UK tour, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s modern classic EVITA is back in the West End.

Produced by Bill Kenwright (Blood Brothers), EVITA charts the life of Eva Peron, from a humble upbringing to rising to become first lady of Argentina.

An accomplished cast includes Marti Pellow as Che, Madalena Alberto as Evita, Ben Forster as Magaldi and Matthew Cammelle as Peron.

Photos by Roy Tan

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EVITA: Full cast announced for Evita at the Dominion Theatre

September 15, 2014 

Complete casting announced for revival of EVITA at the Dominon Theatre starring Marti Pellow, Madalena Alberto, Ben Forster and Matthew Cammelle.

Producers of the revival of EVITA at the Dominion Theatre have announced full casting for the show.

Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto as Evita

Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto as Evita

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical returns to London this month, running from 16 September until 1 November 2014 at the Dominon Theatre.

The show stars former Wet Wet Wet pop star Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto as Evita.

Joining them will be ITV’s Superstar winner Ben Forster (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Magaldi, and Matthew Cammelle (The Phantom of the Opera) as Peron.

Other cast include Sarah McNicholas, Michelle Pentecost, Amira Matthews, Olive Robinson, Verity Burgess, Gemma Atkins, Lizzie Ottley, Joe McCourt, Joe Maxwell, Joel Elferink, Ryan Pidgen, Anthony Ray, Chris Stoddart, Callum Fitzgerald, David Burilin, Stuart MacIver, Peter McPherson, Joseph Connor, Jamie Tyler and Christopher Palmer.
The musical is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright.

Festive favourite White Christmas starring Aled Jones and Tom Chambers will follow Evita into the Dominion.

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Photocall: EVITA starts previews next week at the Dominion Theatre

September 5, 2014 

Photocall: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical Evita returns to London.

Major musical EVITA is back in the West End from next week (Previews from 16 September 2014) following a UK tour.

Opening at the Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited run until 1 November 2014, the show stars former Wet Wet Wet pop star Marti Pellow as Che and rising talent Madalena Alberto as Evita.

Directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, Evita features many of Rice and Lloyd Webber’s biggest songs including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night Of A Thousand Stars, Another Suitcase In Another Hall, Oh What A Circus and many more.

Following Evita at the Dominion will be festive favourite White Christmas starring Aled Jones and Tom Chambers.

Photos by Roy Tan

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Madalena Alberto as Evita. Photo: Roy Tan

Madalena Alberto as Evita. Photo: Roy Tan

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Photos of the Cats Press Launch at the London Palladium

July 7, 2014 

Photos of the Cats press launch at the London Palladium with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gillian Lynne and Trevor Nunn.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical CATS is returning to London this Christmas in a re-imagining of the iconic stage show.

Running for a limited 3 month season at the Palladium, the show will see the original creative team of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreographer Gillian Lynne, director Trevor Nunn and designer John Napier reunite to oversee this new production, based on the current UK touring production.

At the press launch on 7 July 2014 the cast of the touring production performed a sequence from the show, and the creative team discussed the new production.

Read more about the Cats press launch here.

Photos by Dan Wooller

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Cats launches in London ahead of London Palladium Christmas season

July 7, 2014 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of CATS was launched today at the London Palladium.

The iconic musical, which opens on 6 December 2014 at the London Palladium, is getting a makeover courtesy of the show’s original creative team – composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreographer Gillian Lynne, director Trevor Nunn and designer John Napier.

Lloyd Webber, Lynne and Nunn were all at the London launch today, 7 July 2014, along with the show’s producer David Ian (The Bodyguard).

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking show, which is based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, will run for a limited 12 week season at the Palladium.

The composer will re-write the music to two of Eliot’s poems, including setting Rum Tum Tugger to a rap. He told the launch audience that, “hopefully its’ going to be a brand new cats”.

Gillian Lynne also hinted at introducing different and more contemporary dance styles in the show’s makeover. She jokingly revealed that the hugely physical show, which is one of the only musicals that is dominated by dance, has been responsible for giving her two metal hips and a metal knee. She said that the musical, told through dance, was “not like any other show at all”.

Trevor Nunn (left), Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gillian Lynne pose with some of the cast of the touring production of Cats, outside the London Palladium. Photo by Dan Wooller

Trevor Nunn (left), Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gillian Lynne pose with some of the cast of the touring production of Cats, outside the London Palladium. Photo by Dan Wooller

John Napier will re-imagine and update the design of the original production.

Chrissie Cartwright, who is the long term Associate Director of Cats, will work with Nunn and Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.

Given that the show will run over the Christmas season, the producers are going to lay on a full “Cats Experience” at the theatre including using the Val Parnell Bar to host kid’s activities including Cats face painting and a photo-booth where the audience can have their picture taken as a cat!

The original West End and Broadway runs of the show both claimed the “longest-running musical” records, and Cats has gone on to tour to over 300 cities worldwide, making it one of the world’s most successful shows. Its awards include Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical and seven Tony Award wins.

Cats was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited, with this new staging – which is based on the current UK tour – produced by David Ian.

This is the second Andrew Lloyd Webber show this month that has announced its return to London, with the current touring production of Evita starring Marti Pellow coming to the Dominion Theatre for a limited season from 16 September 2014.

Casting for Cats is to be announced in September.

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Evita at the Dominion Theatre

July 3, 2014 

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s powerful musical Evita returns to the West End starring Marti Pellow.

Epic musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice returns to London in a major production from Bill Kenwright and Really Useful Group.

Starring Marti Pellow as Che, Madalena Alberto as Evita, Ben Forster as Magaldi and Matthew Cammelle as Peron, the show comes into the Dominion Theatre following a hugely successful UK tour.

Evita will be the first production to reopen the Dominion Theatre following a lavish, multi-million pound refurbishment.

Evita features many of Rice and Lloyd Webber’s biggest hit songs including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night Of A Thousand Stars, Another Suitcase In Another Hall, Oh What A Circus and many more.

Running for only 55 performances from 16 September 2014, don’t miss this extraordinary, powerful musical in the West End.

Evita is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, with design by Matthew Wright and choreography by Bill Deamer.

THE STORY

Evita tells the dramatic story of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings and childhood in poverty to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status as the spiritual leader of the Argentine nation.

THE CAST

Marti Pellow stars as Che Guevara. Marti has enjoyed huge success as a pop star, first with Wet Wet Wet and then as a solo artist. His West End and stage credits include The Witches of Eastwick, Chess, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago and Blood Brothers.

Madalena Alberto stars as Eva Person. Madalena’s musical theatre credits include Piaf at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, Fantine in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables, Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde (Union Theatre, London), Carmen Diaz in Fame (UK Tour), Sam in Over the Threshold (Edinburgh and London) and Sonia in Godspell (Union Theatre, London).

Ben Forster stars as Magaldi. Ben is winner of ITV’s Superstar and has performed in the major arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar alongside Melanie C and Tim Minchin.

Matthew Cammelle (The Phantom of the Opera, Three Phantoms, South Pacific) stars as Peron.

Other cast include Sarah McNicholas, Michelle Pentecost, Amira Matthews, Olive Robinson, Verity Burgess, Gemma Atkins, Lizzie Ottley, Joe McCourt, Joe Maxwell, Joel Elferink, Ryan Pidgen, Anthony Ray, Chris Stoddart, Callum Fitzgerald, David Burilin, Stuart MacIver, Peter McPherson, Joseph Connor, Jamie Tyler and Christopher Palmer.
The musical is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “Shout it loud. Evita is back with a bang.” – The Guardian
★★★★ “Marti Pellow plays a commanding che” – The Independent
★★★★ “Tim Rice’s wittiest lyrics & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s finest score” – Sunday Express

Reviews from the current UK touring production
“A monumental show” The Sunday Express
“Everything about this production is spectacular” What’s on Stage
“I defy anybody who sees this production to say they have seen a better one” The Stage
“A show with passion, endless emotion and style” Daily Post
“Evita Triumphs – A Dazzling Success” The Echo
“A truly magnificent show, with a truly magnificent star” What’s on Stage
“A stunning performance that richly deserved its standing ovation” The Stage

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