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Cats

Cats

by Andrew Lloyd Webber, T.S. Elliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe

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Cats

Cats




Based the T.S. Eliot’s 1939 collection of poems, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” this 1983 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Story:

It is the night of the Jellicle Ball, during which Old Deuteronomy will select the cat to go to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn to a new Jellicle life. Over the course of the evening, the cats of the tribe step forward to introduce themselves and audition for the chance to be selected.


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Composer

Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyricist

Lyricist
T.S. Elliot

Lyricist

Lyricist
Trevor Nunn

Lyricist

Lyricist
Richard Stilgoe



  • Premiere
  • 1998 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Winter Garden Theatre
Opening Night
Oct 7, 1982
Total Performances
7,485
Original Cast
Kenneth Ard, Betty Buckley, René Ceballos, René Clemente, Wendy Edmead, Steven Gelfer, Harry Groener, Stephen Hanan, Robert Hoshour, Janet L. Hubert, Reed Jones, Whitney Kershaw, Donna King, Christine Langner, Terrence V. Mann, Anna McNeely, Héctor Jaime Mercado, Cynthia Onrubia, Ken Page, Timothy Scott, Herman W. Sebek, Bonnie Simmons, Walter Charles, Susan Powers, Carol Richards, Joel Robertson
Director
Trevor Nunn
Choreographer
Gillian Lynne
Producers
Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd., David Geffen and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Musical Director
Stanley Lebowsky
Orchestrations
David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Scenic Design
John Napier
Costume Design
John Napier
Lighting Design
David Hersey

1998 Film Version

Movie Name
Cats
Type
Filmed Live on Stage
Director
David Mallet
Starring
James Barron, Jo Bingham, Jacob Brent, Kaye Brown, Veerle Casteleyn, Phyllida Crowley Smith, Rosmarie Ford, Jason Gardiner, Geoffrey Garratt, Jo Gibb, Michael Gruber, Fergus Logan, Aeva May, Susie McKenna, John Mills, Karl Morgan, Leah Sue Morland, Ken Page, Elaine Paige, Rebecca Parker, John Partridge, Tommi Sliiden, Susan Jane Tanner, Femi Taylor, Frank Thompson, Tony Timberlake, Drew Varley, Bryn Walters






CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Original London Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Filmed Live on Stage DVD

Blu-Ray
Filmed Live on Stage Blu-Ray


Books

Book
A Cat's Diary: How The Broadway Production of Cats Was Born


Other

Merchandise




1983 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Betty Buckley
Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Harry Groener
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Stephen Hanan
Best Scenic Design
Best Choreography

1983 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Music
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Betty Buckley
Outstanding Lyrics

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