'Cats' Musical Wiki

Cats Credits[]

UK Tour - 02/2013 - 05/2014 - Grizabella

UK Tour - 03/2016 - 04/2016 - Grizabella

UK/Intl Tour - 01/2017 - 11/2017 - Grizabella

UK/Intl Tour - 01/2018 - 10/2018 - Grizabella

UK/Intl Tour - 11/2019 - 01/2020 - Grizabella

Asia Tour 2020 - 09/2020 - 05/2021 - Grizabella

Asia Tour 2020 - 02/2022 - Grizabella

Asia Tour 2022 - 12/2022 - 28/05/2023 - Grizabella


Joanna is a leading actress in the West End and on the international stage; as Kim in Miss Saigon (London, original Australian production, original United Kingdom and Ireland Tour and The 10th Anniversary Performance), Éponine and Fantine in Les Misérables (London, Belfast and Windsor performed for HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family), Mary Magdalene in the West End revival of Jesus Christ Superstar (London), Mimi in Rent (European Tour), Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (London), Sheila Franklin in Hair (London), Thanh in the world premiere of The Real Love (Los Angeles), Heidi in I Sing! (London), The ingénue June in The Musical of Musicals (London), Francesca in the international premiere of The Bridges of Madison County (Manila), Inang Bayan in Rebel EDSA 30 (Manila), Maria in West Side Story (Manila), Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Manila), Nellie Forbush in South Pacific in Concert (Manila), Blue Fairy in Pinocchio: A New Musical (Singapore), Grizabella in Cats (UK & European Tour 2013-14, World Tour 2017-2018, Asian Tour 2019-2020, 40th Anniversary Production 2020-2021), Mary Magdalene in the Tokyu Theatre Orb's production of Jesus Christ Superstar (Tokyo) and Jenna in the international premiere of Waitress (Manila).

She can be heard on the cast recordings of Miss Saigon: Complete Symphonic Recording as Kim, Jesus Christ Superstar: 1996 London Cast as Mary Magdalene, The Postman and the Poet as Beatriz Gonzalez and the soundtrack of the feature film Ang Larawan as Candida. Her debut album Joanna Ampil was recorded in Abbey Road Studios in 2007 by JAY Records, followed by Try Love in 2010 by Sony Music and Joanna Ampil in 2014 with VIVA Records. Her latest singles are Always Better and Memory.

She portrayed Candida in the feature film Ang Larawan (The Portrait) where she won the Metro Manila Film Festival MMFF 2017, PMPC Star Awards, Gawad Pasado, Luna, Gawad Tangi, Guillermo Award, Urduja Best Heritage Film Awards and the prestigious Gawad Urian Best Actress Awards.

She can be seen in the digital and television series "Babae Sa Septic Tank 3" (iWant TFC), "Call Me Tita" (ABS CBN, iWant TFC) and "Broken News" (BBC). She portrayed Corazon in Maalaala Mo Kaya's "Kadena" (ABS-CBN, iWant TFC) wherein she won the GEMS Award for Best Actress for Television.

Joanna's concert credits include Carols in the Domain (The Domain, Sydney); Stars of the Musicals (Putra, Kuala Lumpur); The Night of 100 Stars: Marvin Hamlisch (Palladium, London); Les Misérables in Concert as Éponine Odyssey Arena, Belfast); Les Misérables in Concert as Fantine (Windsor Castle "Entente Cordiale" performed for H.M. The Queen and the Royal Family); One Day More: A Symphonic Concert of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Symphony Hall, Birmingham); An Evening with Jason Robert Brown (Players Theatre, London); Musical Moments (Cultural Centre, Hong Kong); Joanna Ampil, I Love... (Music Museum, Manila); West End Girl: Joanna Ampil (OnStage, Manila); Brad Little Unmasked with Joanna Ampil (Taipei International Convention Centre, Taiwan); The Vietnam-Philippines Friendship Concert (Hanoi Opera House, Vietnam); The Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall, London); The Magic of Disney in Concert (Hyde Park, London In celebration of the H.M. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee); West End Women: Kerry Ellis, Ria Jones & Joanna Ampil (United Kingdom Tour); Defying Gravity: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz (Sydney); A Woman's World: Joanna Ampil (Shangri-La Plaza, Manila); The Sound of Musicals: Joanna Ampil, Graham Bickley, Kerry Ellis and Oliver Tompsett (United Kingdom Tour); Una nit a Broadway Andrew Lloyd Webber: Joanna Ampil, John Owen Jones, Geronimo Rauch and Celinde Schoenmacher (L'Auditori, Barcelona); Love Wins: Joanna Ampil (Maybank Theatre, Manila); Silver Lining: Joanna Ampil (Maybank Theatre, Manila); Pinoy Playlist: Joanna Ampil (Maybank Theatre, Manila).


Joanna <Miss Saigon> (London, original Australian production, original United Kingdom and Ireland Tour, 10th Anniversary Performance) as Kim, <Jesus Christ Superstar-West End revival> (London) as Mary Magdalene, <Les Misérables> (London, Odyssey Arena Belfast Concert) as Éponine, <Les Misérables>(London, Windsor Concert performed for HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family) as Fantine, <Cats> (London, UK Tour, European Tour, Middle Eastern Tour, Asian Tour, 40th Anniversary Tour) Grizabella Station, <Rent> (European Tour) Mimi Station, <Avenue Q> (London) Christmas Eve Station, <Hair>(London) Sheila Franklin Station, <The Real Love> (Los Angeles-World Premiere) Thanh, (London) Heidi Station, <The Musial of Musicals>(London) June Station, <Bridges of Madison County>(Manila-International Premiere) Francesca Johnson Station, <Rebel EDSA 30> (Manila) Inang Bayan Station, <West Side Story> (Manila) Maria Station, <The Sound of Music> (Manila) Maria von Trapp, <South Pacific in Concert> (Manila) Nellie Forbush Station, <Pinocchio: A New Musical> (Singapore) Blue Fairy, <West End Women> (UK Tour), <The Magic of Disney in Concert> (Hyde Park, London), <Defying Gravity: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz> (Sydney), <Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert> (Tokyo) as Mary Magdalene, <Waitress> (Manila-International Premiere) as Jenna, <South Pacific> (Chichester, London, UK Tour). She has appeared in various shows such as Bloody Mary.

Film and television appearances include "Broken News" (BBC), "The Quest" (BBC), "Mummy Autopsy" (Discovery), "Call Me Tita" (iWant), "Babae Sa Septic Tank 3" (Netflix/iWant), "Maalaala Mo Kaya Kadena" (iWant),

"Flower of Evil" (Viu) and so on. Joanna won Best Actress at the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival and Gawad Urian for her role as Candida in the feature film Ang Larawan/The Portrait.

Joanna has also participated in various album releases, including Kim in <Miss Saigon> (The Complete Symphonic Recording), Mary Magdalene in <Jesus Christ Superstar> (1996 London Revival Cast), Beatriz Gonzalez in <The Postman and the Poet> (Concept Album), and the film Ang Larawan/The Portrait (Original Soundtrack). Joanna's first album, "Joanna Ampil" (Jay Records), was recorded by Abbey Road Studios, followed by pop albums "Joanna Ampil" (VIVA Records) and "Try Love" (Sony Music), which are available on Apple Music and Spotify.

Joanna played the role of Grizabella in <Cats> 40th Anniversary Tour, continuing to perform as the only production in the world at a time when the global theatre industry was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The production was also featured in the Apple TV documentary film The Show Must Go On.

Joanna will play the role of the engineer in <Miss Saigon> which will be performed at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England in the summer of 2023 after performing <Cats> in South Korea.


UK Tour 2013[]

UK/Intl Tour 2016[]

UK Tour 2016

UK Tour 2017

UK Tour 2018

UK Tour 2019

Asia Tour 2020[]

Official Photos

Press day (9 Feb 2022)

Curtain Call

Backstage South Korea 2020

Taiwan 2022


Asia Tour 2022-2023[]




'Griz and Alz': Her backstage skits with Robin Lake (Alonzo, International tour 2018).