‘Cats’ opens at CCP with Lea Salonga

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Lea Salonga in "Cats"MANILA, July 26 (PNA) –- The Philippine premier of the musical “Cats: Now and Forever” formally opened over the weekend at the Nicanor Abelardo Theatre of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City with Tony award-winning actress Lea Salonga who had just recovered from a sprained ankle.

Salonga was slightly hurt when she tripped an electrical wire as she was heading to her first stage entrance during the technical and dress rehearsal for the Philippine premiere of the musical.

Salonga, who dons Grizabella’s scruffy costume, and the Australian touring cast and crew of the T.S. Eliot/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical officially opened “Cats” Manila run last Saturday, July 24, 2010.

The show’s producers – Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, Concertus, All Youth Channels, and The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific – recently announced an extension till Sunday, August 22, 2010 due to tickets in high demand.

Salonga in a press and media huddle shared her account of the accident, “I sprained my ankle as I was heading to my first stage entrance, in my Grizabella costume with the heels! I stepped on the covered cables then twisted my ankle, and I fell.”

“So our ‘vet’ (physiotherapist Bronwyn Claassen) looked at it with an ultrasound and taped it secure,” Salonga said.

“It was taped before the evening technical run. There would have been no way to tape it earlier. That unitard is very difficult to take off once it’s on and you’re sweating,” she added.

Salonga assures her Filipino fans that “as long as I can sing, I’ll be in the show.” The international stage and television actress is poised to appear in all the performances of “Cats” in Manila, including matinee and additional shows. (PNA)

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