The new enthralling show by Compagnia della Rancia – leader for musical theatre productions in Italy – is the most famous musical of all time. The show, announced as a leading event in 2009/2010 season, will be translated into Italian (by Michele Renzullo and Franco Travaglio) for the first time, as it has already happened for over 10 other languages. Daniel Ezralow, choreographer of the upcoming Spider-Man – Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, will bring a new vision to a revised Italian version of CATS. Ezralow will join Saverio Marconi as the director of the show, which is being produced by Compagnia della Rancia; the costumes will be designed by Francesco Martini of Maison Coveri. ,
In a statement, director Saverio Marconi, said, “We are really proud that The Really Useful Group, after a six-year negotiation, has allowed Compagnia della Rancia to stage a masterpiece like CATS. Thanks to the translation, Italian audience will have the opportunity to understand the stories of these special cats, feel their emotions and, as Eliot said, remember that “a cat is not a dog.”
“I’m really happy that I’ve been given this opportunity,” said Ezralow. “The show is taking a completely new shape where, along with the extraordinary score written by and the beautiful book by , we’ll try to explain the strange relationship that occurs between cats and men. There are human aspects in cats and feline aspects in men; this is the pecularity we’re focusing on”.
A new setting, full of suggestive atmosphere, is given by Gabriele Moreschi’s set design: the Italian Jellicle Cats will join together in an old funfair dump.
Costumes are designed by Francesco Martini of maison Coveri: “When Saverio Marconi presented me his project about CATS, I’ve been really struck by it. I am particularly attached to this show, because it is the last musical I saw with my uncle Enrico Coveri (maison’s founder) in New York in 1989. This special affection for CATS and Saverio’s exuding energy persuaded me to study and carry out new costumes, based on a deep search on feline movements and expressions, to make these Jellicle Cats lively, contemporary and overall unequalled”.
Following some previews, the show will premiere in Rome, at Teatro Sistina, on 28th October 2009.
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