Watch: CATS the musical – a first for Malta

Hoi Polloi Theatre Productions is proud to present a new theatre spectacular of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s world-famous musical, CATS.

Director Marco Calleja explained to Newsbook.com.mt how surrealist artist Gabriella Azzopardi is responsible for the overall aesthetic of the show, including the original logo, set design and the hand-painted costumes.

The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles who meet on one special night each year to celebrate who they are.  Songs include classics of musical theatre ‘Memory’ and ‘The Magical Mr Mistoffelees’.

Musical direction is in the hands of Maestro Brian Cefai with Analise Cassar as vocal coach, while Marisha Bonnici has been entrusted with the choreography, assisted by Cesca Camenzuli as dance captain.

Responsible for the re-imagining of these beloved feline characters is Elvia Leone Ganado as costume designer together with Chris Galea on hair and wigs and Jonathan Mallia on make-up design.

CATS is produced by Marco Calleja, assisted by Stephanie Zammit Borg.

The musical will play at the newly refurbished Valletta Campus Theatre (ex MITP ) in Valletta for nine nights, over three weekends in February 2019.

Hoi Polloi has grouped together some of the most sought-after performers the island has to offer, including Rachel Fabri who takes up the role of Grizabella and Gilbert Delicata as Old Deuteronomy.

CATS originally premiered in the West End in 1981, followed by a Broadway debut in 1982.  It went on to become the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history, picking up the Best Musical award at both the Laurence Olivier and Tony Awards, and being translated into 20 languages along the way.

More information can be obtained by visiting the Hoi Polloi website, Facebook page or email: info@hoipolloimalta.com.