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Chinese version of musical "Cats" opens in Shanghai

08-20-2012 09:11 BJT

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A popular musical has been adapted for the Chinese stage, following last year’s "Mama Mia!”. The Mandarin version of the British musical "Cats" opened at the Shanghai Grand Theater this weekend.

After three months, and more than 500 hours of rehearsal, the Chinese version of the musical is finally ready. "Cats", which is the second longest-running show in Broadway history, has been translated into more than 20 languages including Korean, German, and French. The show’s British director says the biggest challenges are always the translation, and localization, but she says the Chinese version does a good job.

Jo-Anne Robinson, director, said, "I really enjoyed working with all of the translations. They were so committed to translating those to the best possible way they could, and at the same time, keeping the rhythmic quality for Andrew’s music. "

The Mandarin version of the British musical "Cats" opens
at the Shanghai Grand Theater.

"Mamma Mia!" was the first hit musical to be remade in Chinese, and organizers say the popularity of such shows is growing.

Ma Chencheng, United Asia Live Entertainment, said, "Our ticket sales have already exceeded 12 million yuan. That’s better than for Mamma Mia. It took the previous show two weeks after it premiered to sell the same amount of tickets. "

Organizers say they’ll continue localizing one hit musical a year, including classics like "The Sound of Music" and "Phantom of the Opera."

"Cats" will play every evening at 7:15 through September 13th, with 2pm matinees on weekends. Tickets cost between 80 and 880 yuan, and are bookable both online and by phone.

The Mandarin version of the British musical
"Cats" opens at the Shanghai Grand Theater.

The Mandarin version of the British musical "Cats" opens at the Shanghai Grand
Theater.

The Mandarin version of the British musical "Cats" opens at the Shanghai
Grand Theater.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CCTV.com

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