Filipina stage actress-singer Joanna Ampil will play the role of Grizabella in the UK and international tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “cats” in 2013.
Ampil will perform in 10 UK cities, including Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Southampton, plus Dublin in Ireland and Oostende in Belgium.
Grizabella performs the musical’s most beloved song “Memory.” Ampil sang it during her audition in London. “I sang for the director Chrissie Cartwright; the choreographer Gillian Lynne was also there.”
In the middle of the song, Ampil said she was so moved, she started crying. “Maybe that was how I won the part.”
Ampil is a multi- awarded musical theatre actress from the who has performed in several West End musicals, including Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and Avenue Q.
She has played the roles of Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables in London until 21 June 2008. She was also invited by Sir Cameron Mackintosh to perform the role of Kim in the Australian premiere in Sydney of Miss Saigon, and in 2011 she performed the main role as Thanh in the showcase performance of the new musical The Real Love.
Ampil is also heard on several West End cast recordings, for example the Jesus Christ Superstar (1996 London Cast) recording as Mary Magdalene and on the Miss Saigon: Complete Symphonic Recording as Kim.
Ampil has released two solo albums, and all the proceeds of these albums are donated to the Sun and Moon Home for Children in Manila, initiated by Miss Saigon composer Claude-Michel Schonberg. Her first album, Joanna Ampil was recorded in Abbey Road Studios in London and her second, Try Love, in the Philippines.
She is also a stage play actress for “The sound of music” in Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila as Maria from 2011-2012.