— GMG Productions headed by Carlos Candal has formally announced its entry to the Philippine theater industry by bringing prestigious musicals to Manila in association with Robert Sewell and a pre-existing production and marketing team, starting with the record-breaking Really Useful Group production CATS the Musical.
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is set amongst a larger-than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favorite feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks. Ms. Joanna Ampil will play the role of Grizabella.
On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
CATS, one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances.
The ground-breaking production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical and ran for 18 years.
Candal excitedly says, “GMG Productions’ core vision and mission remain is to bring top quality theatrical productions to Asia. Audiences will be experiencing more of what Broadway and the West End have to offer, with an exciting line up of shows in the coming years.”
Over the past 30 years, Candal has been a steady co-producer and investor in numerous theatrical shows including On Your Feet (London and World Tour), The Bodyguard (London, United States, Australia, World Tour), Annie (London and World Tour), Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour), Flashdance (World Tour), American Idiot (World Tour), Gypsy (London), Buddy the Buddy Holly Story (London/Broadway and Worldwide) and Rock of Ages (Broadway/ US Tour) to name a few.
Carlos Candal is the founder of Global Marketing Group, a world-renowned business focused exclusively on the development and manufacturing of theatrical merchandise for shows on Broadway, the West End and touring companies around the world including CATS, MAMMA MIA!, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables in Manila, and Disney’s The Lion King in Manila. GMG has also produced the merchandise for music festivals with artists like Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran.