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CATS THE MUSICAL
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking 2015 Olivier award nominated original musical CATS is coming Dubai for the FUUUUURST time. CATS has enchanted audiences in over 300 cities around the world and is the winner of 2 Grammys and 7 Tony awards.
Here are some things you might not have known about the feline musical:
Did you know…
When Gillian Lynne was a little girl she didn’t do so well at school. Her fidgeting and lack of focus got so bad, her mother was forced to take her to see a doctor. After hearing all the symptoms the doctor took Gillian’s mom out of the room to talk to her privately. Before he left he turned on his radio… When they were out of the room the doctor encouraged the mom to watch her daughter through the window. Young Gillian started dancing around the room! The doctor told the worried mother “there’s nothing wrong with your child she’s just a dancer. Send her to dance school!” And that’s exactly what Gillian’s Mom did.
So who is Gillian Lynne?
She’s the ground-breaking choreographer of Cats – the Musical. Her completely original take on the life and movement of cats translated for dance on stage, has made her one of the most accomplished choreographers of our time, someone who has brought pleasure to millions and earned millions of dirhams.
Did you know…
Just like our own pets the felines in the musical CATS all have unique markings. Whether it’s the striking black “cat eyes” of Mister Mistoffelees, the fiery red, orange and yellow flame-like markings of Macavity, or the angelic white fluffy complexion of Victoria; all were exclusively created for this award-winning musical.
The make-up designer wanted every tabby to have individual make-up – to project their personalities. Today there are hundreds of tutorials online that take you step by step through the process of how to re-create the furry faces of Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella, Mungojerrie or Rumpelteazer. But be prepared to plaster on up to eight layers of makeup, required for the feline transformation! You might also want to be careful where you use it… it’s said that the stage makeup featured in the musical is protectable under copyright law.
Did you know…
In 1948 T.S Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, for what was described as “his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry”. He is also the author of “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” – the collection of whimsical poems that CATS the musical is based on.
Eliot had a lifelong affection for tabbies, often sending letters and poems about his own feline to his godson, and making up unusual or outlandish names for cats for friends – and even complete strangers! Back in the late 30s, Eliot’s writings about the furry creatures were seen as unusual as cats were owned because they were useful – you know to keep the mice population down – and not really as pets. His innovative poems about feline psychology and sociology such as: “The Naming of Cats”, “The Rum Tum Tugger” and “Gus: The Theatre Cat” are loved by close to 100 million people.
Catch the PAW-SOME performance on from January 16-28 2017 at the Dubai Opera.
Coming up in February…
At the beginning of February the Dubai Opera will do something it’s never done before.
The dhow-shaped building will welcome its first ever Arabic female singer.
And really with 12 albums under her belt, millions of followers on social media and four years as head judge on Arab Idol, there’s no doubt the flamboyant and controversial Ahlam will live up to the special occasion.
Abu Dhabi born “Queen Ahlam”, as she’s called by her passionate fans, will perform a mix of new hits and timeless classics, backed up by an immense orchestra led by maestro Walid Fayed.
Diamond loving Ahlam has performed throughout the Middle East and Europe and draws in crowds of over 100 000 people.
Catch her Khaleeji Pop tunes for one day only on February 2 at the Dubai Opera.
The Romeo and Juliet inspired “West Side Story” is considered one of, if not the best, American musical.
It’s deemed revolutionary because of the way the music and dance drive the plot and characters.
The finger snapping of the Jets and Sharks; howling of police sirens; and flamboyant whirling skirts of the feisty Puerto Rican girls all make it a show stopper.
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Music by Leonard Bernstein, the 1961 soundtrack for the feature film version of the Broadway musical holds the record for the longest ever reign at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It spent 54 weeks at Number One.
That same movie went on to win 10 Oscars at the Academy Awards.
Catch Tony, Maria, Anita, Riff, Officer Krupke and all the Jets and Sharks at the Dubai Opera on from the 14th to the 18th of February.
For his birthday this year Michel Le Grand decided he wanted to do something special.
And being no ordinary man, the Grammy and three-time Academy Award-winning French composer decided he would embark on a world tour doing 85 concerts for his 85th birthday.
The Dubai Opera is one of the jazz pianist and conductors stops.
Audiences will be able to hear some of the countless movie soundtracks he’s done including the Oscar winning “Summer of ’42”, “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Yentl”.
Le Grand has worked with some of the world’s biggest stars – Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Liza Minelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Sting and George Benson to name a few.
He has a deep commitment to playing, conducting, singing, writing, in all styles saying “Ever since I was a boy, my ambition has been to live completely surrounded by music”.
For one night only – enter the magical musical world of Michel Le Grand at the Dubai Opera – that’s February 23rd.
MORE ON DUBAI OPERA
Ever since Dubai Opera opened its doors, audiences from the UAE and beyond have been blown away by the world class talent and entertainment at Dubai’s newest cultural destination.
From the building’s stunning design which takes inspiration from Emirati culture, to the state-of-the-art auditorium, there was much excitement even before opening night.
The “King of Opera”, Placido Domingo was the first to take the stage and brought audiences to their feet with a thrilling performance of opera classics:
With a spectacular array of shows on offer, from ballets, opera, and the Impossible Magic Show, the response from audiences has been phenomenal.
But this is just the beginning.
In the coming months, Dubai Opera will be hosting an incredible variety of world class talent unlike anything seen before in the region. Including everything from pop idols, to iconic musicals, masters of opera, to legendary Arab artists.
Dubai Opera is the hottest ticket in town.
Plus, all of your favourite musicals will take the stage, including ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Cats’ and ‘West Side Story’:
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At Dubai Eye 103.8, our mission is to keep you across all of the information to come out of Dubai Opera and that’s where the team from The Tickets will come in. Tune in every Wednesday at 3.30pm for a weekly spot, dedicated to keep you up to date with interviews and sneak previews.
All of these interviews and sneak previews wouldn’t be possible without the man who makes the decisions at Dubai Opera, Jasper Hope.
Jasper Hope is Chief Executive of Dubai Opera.
Prior to his role at Dubai Opera, Jasper held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Albert Hall in London. As one of the world’s leading cultural and entertainment destinations, Jasper was responsible for the successful implementation of all operational management criteria and the leadership of the day-to-day business of the Hall.
Under his leadership, the prestigious venue achieved close to 400 events each year, making it one of the busiest and most successful venues in the world.
Renowned in the industry as a creative, commercial and resourceful leader, Jasper has proven experience in successfully delivering a programme of change for the venues he leads in addition to conceptualising and executing a diverse range of notable events in unique venues.
To hear more from Jasper and his interviews so far with The Ticket, click on the below interviews: