Katy Blake, Trent Armand Kendall, Lauren Sprague, Jordan Dunlap and More Cast in North Shore Cats
By Andrew Gans
Complete casting has been announced for the North Shore Music Theatre's upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, which will begin performances at the Massachusetts venue Aug. 20 with an official opening the following evening. The limited engagement plays through Sept. 1.
The production will be directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford.
The cast will comprise Katy Blake (Grizabella), Erica Cenci (Rumpleteazer), Lynn Craig (Jellylorum/Griddlebone), Mark Donaldson (Mongojerrie), Jordan Dunlap (Victoria), Molly Emerson (Silabub), Jesse Factor (Coricopat), Blayne Gregg-Miller (Tantomile), Laura Elizabeth Henning (Cassandra), Trent Armand Kendall (Old Deuteronomy), Ryan Koss (Mistoffelees), Kevin Loreque (Rum Tum Tugger), Joe Moeller (Macavity), Bronson Norris Murphy (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones), Ian Parmenter (Munkustrap), Amanda Pulcini (Jennyanydots), Lauren Sprague (Bombalurina), Jonathan Stahl (Skimbleshanks), Erica Sweany (Demeter), Lucas Thompson (Alonzo) and Brad Trump (Tumblebrutus).
Based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” a collection of poems by T.S. Eliot, Cats, according to the North Shore, "revolves around the antics of such feline characters as Old Deuteronomy, Jennyanydots, Mr. Mistoffelees, Rum Tum Tugger, Skimbleshanks and Grizabella who sings the crossover hit song 'Memory.'"
Originally produced at the New London Theatre on May 11, 1981, Cats began its New York run at the Winter Garden Theatre Oct. 7, 1982. The show won seven 1983 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score for composer Lloyd Webber. On Sept. 10, 2000, Cats ended its record-breaking run after nearly 18 years, and a record 7,485 performances.
The upcoming production will also feature musical direction by Milton Granger, scenery adapted by Anthony R. Phelps based on original scenic design by Howard C. Jones, costumes coordinated by Paula Peasley-Ninestein and provided by Kansas City Costume Co., lighting design by Ken Smith, sound design by Benjamin Furiga, wig design by Gerard Kelly, production stage management by John Godbout, assistant direction/choreography by Jonathan Stahl, assistant stage management by Phill Madore, assistant musical direction by Jihwan Kim and casting by Binder Casting.
The musical is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (owner/producer), Arianna Knapp (artistic director) and Beth Vasta (associate producer).
For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.
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