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The Chinese production of Cats (《猫》中文版) was a slow tour around major cities in China. Starting in Shanghai on 17 August 2012, then playing in Beijing in December 2012,[1] the show continued to visit other cities throughout 2013 and 2014.[2]

The Chinese version of Cats is the 15th language version (after English, German, Japanese, Korean etc) of the musical.[3]

Production Specifics

While the production was based on the Australasian tour and directed by Jo-Anne Robinson, the producers made efforts to make the show more relevant to their audience, with local dialects and references in the translation[4][5][6] and Asian influences in the costume and makeup.[7] This included the introduction of a new ensemble character Grumbuskin, a "Chinese martial arts cat".[8] The translations were done by a team of over 10 experts, enthusiasts and college students,[9] led by Xue Fan (薛范).[10]

As with the Australasian productions, the show included all the Swings as named on-stage characters.

Production Team

Tour Dates

First Season:

  • Shanghai Grand Theatre - 17 August to 9 October 2012 (61 performances[8] + previews from 5th to 11th)[13]
  • Xi'an Sofitel People's Building Grand Theater - 16 to 21 October 2012 (8 performances)
  • Chongqing Grand Theatre - 28 October to 3 November 2012 (8 performances)
  • Wuhan Theater - 10 to 15 November 2012 (8 performances)
  • Guangzhou Grand Theatre - 23 November to 14 December 2012 (25 performances)[8]
  • Beijing Century Theatre, Beijing - 21 December 2012 to 3 February 2013 (52 performances)[14]
  • Hangzhou Grand Theatre

Second Season: (some dates may be missing)

  • Xiamen South Theater - 23 to 28 August 2013 (8 performances + preview on 22nd)[15]
  • Nanjing Great Hall of the People - 6 to 11 September 2013 (8 performances)[16]
  • Nanning People's Hall - 22 to 28 September 2013 (7 performances)[17]
  • Shanghai Daning Theatre - 18 to 23 October 2013[18]
  • Jinan Shandong Provincial Grand Theatre - 31 October to 5 November 2013 (8 performances)[3]
  • Sichuan Jincheng Art Palace - 31 December 2013 to 5 January 2014[19]
  • Chongqing Fuling Grand Theatre - 11 to 13 January 2014 (3 performances)[20]

Cast List

The production used a full cast, including named swings[21][22]

Season 1
Role Chinese Name Cast Covers
Alonzo / Rumpus Cat 阿隆佐 勇士猫 / 蓝帕斯猫 超人猫 Cong Zijun
(丛子珺)
Bill Bailey 比尔贝利 Dai Wenchao
(戴文超)
(cover Mungojerrie / Tumblebrutus / Grumbuskin)
Bombalurina 邦贝露娜 性感猫 Ai Yuhan
(艾于涵)
Carbucketty 卡巴克蒂 Niu Junjie
(牛俊杰)
(cover Mr. Mistoffelees / Plato / Alonzo / Pouncival)
Cassandra 卡桑德拉 Wang Feifei
(王菲菲)
(cover Bombalurina)
Coricopat 柯利克佩特 He Mijiang
(贺汨江)
Demeter 迪米特 Ding Zhenying
(丁臻滢)
Electra 伊列特拉 Zhao Zixuan
(赵子璇)
(cover Bombalurina)
Etcetera 伊特色特拉 Yu Man
(余曼)
(Dance Captain / understudy Victoria / Cassandra / Tantomile)
George 乔治 Naibao Tuxia
(乃保钍呷)
(cover Munkustrap / Rum Tum Tugger)
Grizabella 葛丽泽贝拉 魅力猫 Liu Yang
(刘杨)
Grumbuskin / Genghis 格朗布斯金 / 成吉思 Li Hongxiao
(李泓潇)
Gus / Growltiger / Bustopher Jones 格斯 / 巴斯托佛·琼斯 / 格罗泰格 Zhou Mi
(周密)
Jellylorum / Griddlebone 杰丽若兰 / 格里德伯 Chen Qin
(陈沁)
Jemima 杰米玛 Chen Yumeng
(陈雨朦)
(cover Sillabub)
Jennyanydots 珍妮安点点 保姆猫 Chen Luhong
(陈鹭虹)
Mistoffelees 米斯托弗里斯先生 魔术猫 Du Yanhao
(杜彦昊)
Mungojerrie 蒙哥杰利 小偷猫 Li Xiang
(李响)
Munkustrap 蒙克史崔普 英雄猫 Xia Zhenkai
(夏振凯)
Murad 缪拉德 Liu Haiwen
(刘海文)
(cover Skimbleshanks / Genghis / Alonzo / Plato / Coricopat)
Noilly Prat 诺利普列特 Liu Shiyu
(刘诗雨)
(cover Demeter / Rumpleteazer)
Old Deuteronomy 老杜特洛诺米 Ding Wei
(丁伟)
Olivia 奥利维亚 Ding Ting
(丁汀)
(cover Grizabella)
Plato / Macavity 柏拉图 / 麦卡维蒂 Zhang Hao
(张昊)
(Dance Captain)
Pouncival 庞斯沃 Jian Daoen
(简道恩)
Quaxo 奎佐 Mao Haifei
(冒海飞)
(cover Munkustrap / Rum Tum Tugger / Plato / Macavity)
Rumpleteazer 兰贝蒂泽 小偷猫 Wang Qiong
(王琼)
Rum Tum Tugger 若腾塔格 摇滚猫 Liu Lingfei
(刘令飞)
Sillabub 希丽巴布 Li Weiling
(李炜铃)
Skimbleshanks 史金柏旋克斯 火车猫 Da Mula
(达姆拉)
Tantomile 坦特米尔 Xu Jingwen
(徐静雯)
Tumblebrutus 塔波布鲁图斯 Ding Ran
(丁然)
Victor 维克特 Wen Xiaodong
(温晓冬)
(cover Old Deuteronomy / Gus / Growltiger / Bustopher Jones)
Victoria 维多利亚 Miao Sijia
(苗司佳)

Television Specials

Two television documentaries aired in Shanghai that followed the making of the Chinese production, from auditions to the premiere.

  • "Cat's Time" - produced by United Asia Live Entertainment (亚洲联创) and aired by the Shanghai Media Group (SMG). Watch here in 16 parts.
  • "中国猫 演出开始" ("Chinese Cats - Performances Begin") - an episode on Cultural Sky that aired on the Shanghai Arts and Humanities Channel. Watch here in 6 parts.

Video

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References

  1. Production site
  2. Tour Dates
  3. 3.0 3.1 济南:音乐剧《猫》今晚精彩开演 有互动环节请观众提前入场, sd.sdnews.com.cn (31 Oct 2013).
  4. 喵星人出没!世界经典音乐剧《猫》明日在厦预演, xm.fjsen.com (21 Aug 2013).
  5. 中文版《猫》打造不易 音乐剧本土化功夫多, ent.sina.com.cn (10 May 2012).
  6. 猫”将说粤语台词, ent.sina.com.cn (1 Nov 2012).
  7. 中文版《猫》增加中国元素将登广州, ent.sina.com.cn (22 Aug 2012).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 中文版《猫》将在广州大剧院连演25场, sina.com.cn (24 Oct 2012).
  9. 中文版音乐剧《猫》制作嵌入中国元素, ent.sina.com.cn (26 July 2012).
  10. 《猫》经典《回忆》 汉化歌词更动人, ent.sina.com.cn (6 Nov 2012).
  11. Production Team
  12. 资料:音乐剧《猫》音乐总监-菲兹·沙普尔, ent.sina.com.cn (17 May 2012).
  13. 中文版音乐剧《猫》边唱边跳难度高, ent.sina.com.cn (14 Aug 2012).
  14. 《猫》中文版北京站开票 剧透"歌剧猫", sina.com.cn (24 Sept 2012).
  15. 喵星人来厦门连演8场 流氓猫下台亲吻女观众(图), mn.sina.com.cn (24 Aug 2013).
  16. 音乐剧《猫》九月来南京连演八场, ent.sina.com.cn (6 June 2013).
  17. 中文版音乐剧《猫》南宁开演, ent.163.com (25 Sept 2013).
  18. 世界经典音乐剧《猫》中文版-上海站, 228.com.cn
  19. 世界经典音乐剧《猫》中文版-成都站, 228.cn.
  20. 世界经典音乐剧《猫》-重庆站, mask9.com
  21. musicalandcats.tumblr.com Tumblr blog
  22. 2012 Chinese Cast, Production Website
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