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A new production toured South Korea and Taiwan from June 2017 to March 2018. The production is an Australian production, by the same team as the 2015 Australasian Tour and the 2014 Asia Tour.

Production Team

Associate Director & Choreographer - Chrissie Cartwright

Make Up Designer - Karen Dawson

Wigs Supervisor - Jenny Dean

Costume Supervisor - Tracy Stiles

Resident Director - Ross Hannaford

Resident Choreographer - Amy Berrisford

Dance Captain - Taylor Scanlan

Production Specifics

Early hinted production details include new costumes and make up for the first time in Asia, and a "new aria" and confirmed the use of Gillian Lynne's choreography. Rehearsals began on May 8th for the July 11th opening. The production kicked off on July 11 at the Haeoreum Theater of the National Theater of Korea in central Seoul.

"The English [language] touring production of “Cats” is coming to Korea once again, after three years with a new cast and some touch-ups. According to Clip Service, the Korean production company that is bringing the upcoming “Cats,” the makeup and costumes of some of the cats have changed as well as the choreography.
'People who have seen the show over 100 times will really see the difference,” said Brad Little who will play Old Deuteronomy, the wise leader of the Jellicle Cats in the coming production. “People who have seen the show once or twice may feel like they are seeing the same show, but it’s the megamusical fans of ‘Cats,’ which we know there are many, that will definitely be able to pick out differences. They would probably pick out more differences than we actors can.' "[1]

According to Tracy Stiles, the costume supervisor of the show, the production will include the new look of Grizabella and the revamped Growltiger scene. Rum Tum Tugger will be performed in the original way though, as it was done before the London revival opened.

For the first time in an Asian production, the UK style costumes, make up and wigs will be used. Therefore, the English team of supervisors, including Tracy Stiles, Jenny Dean and Karen Dawson, were brought to South Korea.

Cast

Role Cast
Admetus/Macavity Thomas Inge
Alonzo/Rumpus Cat Kamen Knight
Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones Ian Jon Bourg
Bill-Bailey Matt Antonucci
Bombalurina Suzie Melloy
Carbucketty Jal Joshua Lebumfacil
Cassandra Taryn Donna Borman
Coricopat Aaron Lynch
Demeter Ashleigh Hauschild
Electra/onstage swing Jazz Miller
George/onstage swing Taylor Scanlan
Grizabella Laura Emmitt
Jellylorum/Griddlebone Francesca Benton-Stace
Jemima Carly Miles
Jennyanydots Madison Green
Mistoffelees/Quaxo Christopher Favaloro
Mungojerrie George Hankers
Munkustrap Adam Bailey
Old Deuteronomy Brad Little
Rum Tum Tugger Will Richardson
Rumpleteazer Jasmin Colangelo
Skimbleshanks Hayden Baum
Tantomile Mila de Biaggi
Harriet Jarvis (by 01/18)
Victoria Karina Russell
Romina Villafranca (from 12/17)
Swing / Booth Ashlee Smith
Swing / Booth Andrew Dunne
Swing / Booth Ellie Nunan
Swing / Booth Zachary Berger
Swing / Booth Amy Berrisford

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Venues

South Korea

  • Gimhae - 29/6/2017 - 02/07/2017
  • Seoul - 09/07/2017 - 10/09/2017
  • Gwangju - 16/9/2017 - 19/9/2017
  • Daejeon - 28/9/2017 - 8/10/2017
  • Ulsan - 13/10/2017 - 15/10/2017
  • Incheon - 20/10/2017 - 22/10/2017
  • Goyang - 27/10/2017 - 29/10/2017
  • Busan - 03/11/2017 - 19/11/2017
  • Seongnam - 23/11/2017 - 26/11/2017
  • Jeonju - 01/12/2017 - 03/12/2017
  • Cheonan - 08/12/2017 - 10/12/2017
  • Daegu - 15/12/2017 - 07/01/2018
  • Changwon - 12/01/2018 - 14/01/2018
  • Uijeongbu - 19/01/2018 - 21/01/2018
  • Seoul - 27/01/2018 - 18/02/2018

Taiwan

  • Taichung - 01/03/2018 - 04/03/2018
  • Tainan - 08/03/2018 - 11/03/2018
  • Taipei - 15/03/2018 - 18/03/2018

Trivia

  • Cats reached 2 million cumulative audiences in South Korea in December 2017.[2]

References

  1. Korea Joonang Daily - Interview
  2. news.zum.com
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