Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats is back on Broadway for the show's first revival.
The Jellicle Cats have all gathered for a ball and the selection of one cat to gain a new life. The rag-tag group of felines is introduced -- with names like Grizabella, Rum Tum Tugger, Mister Mistoffolees and Old Deuteronomy -- all with their own personalities and reasons to be chosen. As they make their case, they climb and dance on the junkyard set under a full moon and belt out the score's tunes, including the show-stopping "Memory."
Cats is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, a collection of poems by T.S. Eliot. The choreography for the revival is by Andy Blankenbuehler (who most recently worked on the smash hit Hamilton) and is based on the choreography from the original production. Cats is directed by Trevor Nunn with associate direction by Gillian Lynne.
Cats by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has proven its longevity on both Broadway and the West End in London, offering viewers a whimsical reprieve from the struggles of day-to-day life with a transporting, often mysterious, musical.
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The original production of Cats ran on Broadway for 7,485 performances over the course of 18 years (from 1982 to 2000) and won seven Tony awards.
Cats, with its whimsical story and intricate costumes, is particularly popular with preteens and teenagers.