Leah Sue Morland as Electra
Red and Black Tortie / Torbie
Original London Actress
Electra is an ensemble character from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Cats. As one of the minor kitten characters, she is often cut from smaller productions.
Electra is generally considered to be a quiet, reserved cat, despite the lack of evidence supporting any personality. Many fans consider her to be the most mature of the 'kittens' in each show as she is generally less hyperactive than the others.
Electra is a minor character; she has lines in group songs such as "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats", but doesn't play a significant role in the show or have any solos. In productions where Electra is included but Etcetera is not, she often takes the position of screaming uncontrollably at Tugger. She is most often seen playing with the other kittens, most often Etcetera, Jemima, Pouncival and Tumblebrutus.
Electra is a dark brown, red and black tortoiseshell and/or tabby (Torbie) cat, usually portrayed in the show as a kitten. Unusually she has considerably more fluff than usual, running down her torso and down one arm instead of an armwarmer.
Electra's development in the early months of the original production, as told through the original designs by John Napier, is complex: The design that we recognise as Jennyanydots was originally labelled Electra. The original plan was for Judi Dench to play both Jennyanydots and Grizabella, both as featured characters and presumably she did not dance in the ensemble as we are used to both Jenny and Babygriz doing. When Judi Dench was injured and dropped out of the show, Elaine Paige replaced her as Grizabella. However, Jennyanydots was taken over by Myra Sands, and the ensemble costume Myra wore became Jennyanydots' regular look, rather than Electra. Subsequently the un-named "kitten" costume worn by Anita Pashley took the name Electra.
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