Feline fine: Cats The Musical set to wow Mandurah audiences

The cat is out of the bag - Cats The Musical is set to have Mandurah audiences 'feline' fine when it takes to the stage in October.

Platinum Entertainment will bring the fourth-longest running Broadway musical in theatre history to life with a spectacle of the senses at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Following the success of the company's sold-out We Will Rock You and Jesus Christ Superstar show runs in town, CATS will delight local audiences with a live band, full choir, silks aerialists, roller skates and more.

While the music stays true to the original score, gone is the traditional dark and gloomy alleyway set of previous productions and in its place is colour, vibrancy and energy.

The production follows Grizabella, Gus the Theatre Cat, the Rum Tum Tugger and many more quirky characters from TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats on one special night of the year.

On this night, 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.

The family-friendly and magical musical will be brought to life by a cast of professional and amateur talent from around Western Australia.

Perth actor and musician, Mikey Keith, will take on the role of Rum Tum Tugger - a self-indulgent, rebellious cat who craves attention.

Keith said he was thrilled to be involved and to play Rum Tum Tugger in the reimagined local stage show.

"Having worked with Platinum before, I knew the quality of the productions they create," he said.

"There's always an added layer, something extra, an attention to detail that breathes new life into the show. I don't want to give anything away but there will be something for everyone.

"Platinum has found Cats a 'new gear' so prepare to be amazed!"

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Vocal powerhouse and former The Voice Australia contestant, Paula Parore, said she was delighted to play Grizabella and that the show was taking on a new angle for age-old characters.

"Our producer Katrina told me her vision and I was sold on the idea of creating something new and exciting that retains the integrity of the classic show," she said.

"I'm excited to be playing Grizabella because of the prestige that comes with the character and the powerful women who have led the way and previously played her. She's such a strong character."

Joining Keith and Parore on stage will be Dean Misdale or Feminem as Old Deuteronomy and Clay Darius as energetic narrator Munkustrap.

The record-breaking, award-winning phenomenon will feature well-known and loved songs like Memory, Mr Mistoffolees and The Rum Tum Tugger.

Cats The Musical will take to the stage at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre at 7.30pm on October 10, 11 and 12 with earlier shows at 2pm on October 12 and 5pm on October 13.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the MPAC website.