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‘Cats’ returns to Toronto stage

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats has been brought back to life and back to Toronto.

For the first time in 25 years, an all-Canadian cast is taking the stage at the Panasonic Theatre in an updated take on the classic.

“It evolved from kind of a very serious theatre stand point,” show director Dave Cambell told CityNews.

“We’ve played with colours, we’ve played with set design, we’ve introduced elements of video and holography, so we’ve definitely shaken the tree right from the base.”

Cats debuted in 1981 on the West End stage in London and was first brought to Toronto in 1985, where it ran until 1987 at The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres.

This time around, the Canadian cast will be led by world-renowned choreographer Gino Berti and Canadian singer and actress Ma-Anne Dionisio.

Berti was part of a 1989 Toronto production of Cats, which ran for seven months at Massey Hall.

Dionisio, who is known for work in Miss Saigon and Les Miserables, will take on the role of “Glamour Cat” Grizabella and one of the musical’s most-famous songs, Memories.

The show opened on Tuesday and runs until July 28.

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