Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Cats tickets go in flash

Posted by Kimberly on August 28, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 28, 2007, page 9 (411 words)

It truly is the early bird that catches the worm as The Macau Daily Times was informed yesterday that 90 percent of show tickets for the musical Cats has already been sold out.
A representative from the Macau Cultural Centre confirmed that when ticket sales opened at 10am, between the space of five hours, 80 percent of the show’s tickets had already been sold.
At the current time, the remaining 10 percent of the tickets, either MOP100 or MOP200, are made up of the cheapest and therefore least advantageable viewpoints.
Speaking to the representative at the centre, it is believed that the tickets walked out the door as soon as the Centre’s CCM Friends’ pre-sale period began yesterday.
That is no mean feat considering that CCM Friends only total about 1,000 people and the show, to  be held at the centre’s Grand Auditorium, is scheduled to run over four days.
The pre-sale period was expected to run until September 9 with the early bird period to open between September 10 and October 30.
The reason for the rapid decrease in available tickets was due to the cultural centre setting no limit on how many tickets CCM Friends could purchase.
The centre’s representative also stated that it has been in talks with the show’s production company, The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific Ltd, about the possibility of adding on another two shows to allow those who missed out on a ticket to watch the musical.
This decision is expected to be confirmed later this week but there is no guarantee as the show is currently on an Asian tour and any amendments to its schedule will have a domino effect.
Asked whether this had been expected, the centre’s representative responded that it should come as no surprise, considering the popularity and international stature of the musical.
Cats premièred in 1982 at the New London Theatre and has since received many industry accolades including the 1981 Laurence Olivier award for Musical of the Year.
Considered the world’s greatest musical, in its 26 years, it has travelled to more than 26 countries, been translated into 10 languages and seen by more than 65 million people.
Cats tells the story of a group of Jellicle Cats on the eve of the annual ball, depicting their lives both past and present. It questions whose future will change with the announcement of the cat to be reborn to a new life in the Heavyside Layer.

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