Cats, With Jacob Brent, Ken Page, Jessica Dillan, Jessica Hendy, Begins May 16 at Gateway Playhouse
By Michael Gioia
Jacob Brent, who starred as Mr. Mistoffelees in Broadway's Cats, directs, choreographs and stars in Gateway Playhouse's production of that Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which begins May 16 in Bellport.
The Tony-winning musical, which continues through June 2, also stars Ken Page (It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Ain't Misbehavin', Cats, Guys and Dolls, The Wiz), who originated the role of Old Deuteronomy on Broadway.
Also featured are Jessica Hendy (Aida, Cats) as Grizabella, Kevin Loreque (Cats) as Rum Tum Tugger and Jessica Dillan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cats) as Demeter.
Here's how Gateway bills the musical: "Based on the poetry of T.S. Elliot, Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit transports audiences into the fantastic, spellbinding realm of the Jellical Cats. Set on the evening of the Jellical Ball, the Jellicals compete for rebirth into a better life by showcasing their talents and good deeds. Webber's magical score includes legendary favorites including 'Jellical Songs for Jellical Cats,' 'Mr. Mistoffelees' and the haunting 'Memory.'"
Gateway Playhouse is located at 215 South Country Road in Bellport, NY. For more information and tickets, visit gatewayplayhouse.com.
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