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This is the gallery for the character of Grizabella in her ensemble costume, known as "Baby Griz". For Grizabella's full costume, see here.

Most Grizabella performers also appear as Babygriz, but occasionally "Celebrity" cast choose not to dance in the ensemble for the opening number. Babygriz is often not featured in promotional photos; sometimes the costume is worn in promos by the alternate or cover Grizabella performer while the first cast is in the full costume.

Whether this ensemble identity is meant to be a young version of Grizabella or an entirely separate character is up to interpretation.

Interview with Prisca Demarez[]

Baby Griz is designed specifically to not stand out from the other cats. In an interview, Prisca Demarez describes her feelings about her chorus identity:

Marie Berson: I, for one, would be very curious to hear more about the cat you play at first with the Jellicles before Grizabella's entrance! Does she have a name? A role?

Prisca: It's such a delight to perform the opening number with the whole cast! That moment is very important to me. Of course she has a name! Her name is Baby Griz, but I call her Grizzy Baby. She has the same colours as Grizabella on her face. She's as pure as Victoria and doesn't know life's sorrows yet. She's a kitten. I think she rounds everything off. She embodies the beginning of life, in a family, before the choices and difficulties arise.

I'm often asked why Grizabella doesn't come back young and beautiful at the end. I think we actually see her at the start, as Grizzy Baby, like a new life, a blank page to be filled in. It's what Grizabella was when she was little. It's in that form that she'll come back from the Heavyside Layer - as a kitten.

She allows me to have a past with the group, a feeling of having danced with them before I couldn't do it anymore. And she's so joyful and light before she carries the weight of Grizabella's sorrow.

Designs[]

UK Productions[]

Original London Production[]

Elaine Paige in the Original Cast, 1981

Subsequent London Casts[]

1998 Film[]

UK Tours[]

UK Tour 1989[]

UK Tour 1993-95[]

UK/European Tour 2003-2009[]

UK/European Tour 2013-14[]

London/Blackpool Revival[]

UK/International Tour[]

UK Tour 2016

UK Tour 2017

UK Tour 2018 (01/2018-10/2018)

UK Tour 2018 (12/2018-04/2019)

UK Tour 2019

UK Tour 2022

Older Jennyanydots costume used as Babygriz costume for shows in Norway and Sweden. Nicknamed "Autumn" by Anna.

Electra costume used as Babygriz for shows in Sweden.

US Productions[]

Original Broadway Production[]

US Tours 1-4[]

US Tour 5[]

Broadway Revival[]

(Babygriz not used in the Broadway Revival)

US Tour 6[]

Equity Cast[]

Non-Equity Cast[]

2021-2022

2022-2023

Japanese Productions[]

Tokyo 1995[]

Nagoya 1999[]

Yokohama 2009[]

Sendai 2013[]

Shizuoka 2013[]

Fukuoka 2014[]

Sapporo 2015[]

Osaka 2016[]

Tokyo 2018[]

Fukuoka 2021[]

Nagoya 2022[]

Shizuoka 2024[]

Australian Productions[]

Australian Circus Tent Tour[]

Australasia 2007-2010[]

Australia NZ 2015[]

Asia Tour 2017[]

Asia Tour 2020[]

South Korea 2020

Taiwan 2022

Asia Tour 2022-2023[]

German Productions[]

Hamburg 1986-2001[]

Stuttgart 2001-02[]

Berlin 2002-04[]

Düsseldorf 2004 / German Tour 2005[]

German Tent Tour 2010-2013[]

The German Tent Tour also used the Babygriz costume for Swings covering Electra in the first year of the tour.

Other Productions[]

1980s[]

Toronto 1985/Canadian Tour[]

Amsterdam 1987-1992[]

Paris 1989[]

1990s[]

Zurich 1991 / Euro Tour 1994[]

Antwerp 1996[]

2000s[]

South Africa/World Tour 2001-05 / South Africa 2009[]

Madrid 2003[]

Moscow 2005[]

Dutch Tour 2006[]

2010s[]

Brazil 2010[]

China 2012[]

Oasis of the Seas 2014[]

Cast 1

Cast 2

Cast 3

Cast 4

Cast 5

Cast 6

Cast 7

Cast 8

Cast 9

Cast 10

Cast 11

Cast 12

Cast 13

Cast 14

Cast 15

Cast 16

Paris 2015[]

Vienna 2019[]

On at least one occasion, the Babygriz costume was also used as a swing costume for a female performer covering a male kitten track.

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