Cats (musical)

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Cats is a sung-through musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.wikipedia
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Memory (Cats song)

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The musical includes the well-known song "Memory" as sung by Grizabella.
It was written for the 1981 musical Cats, where it is sung primarily by the character Grizabella as a melancholic remembrance of her glamorous past and as a plea for acceptance.

Grizabella

The musical includes the well-known song "Memory" as sung by Grizabella. Lloyd Webber was happy to oblige given her credentials and so Dench joined the company in the dual roles of Grizabella and Jennyanydots.
Grizabella the Glamour Cat is a main character in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.

Trevor Nunn

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Producer Cameron Mackintosh then recruited director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Gillian Lynne to turn the songs into a complete musical.
He has directed dramas for the stage, like Macbeth, as well as opera and musicals, such as Cats (1981) and Les Misérables (1985).

Gillian Lynne

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Producer Cameron Mackintosh then recruited director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Gillian Lynne to turn the songs into a complete musical.
Dame Gillian Barbara Lynne, (née Pyrke; 20 February 1926 – 1 July 2018) was an English ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre-television director, noted for her theatre choreography associated with two of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Cats is a sung-through musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.
Several of his songs have been widely recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals, notably "The Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera, "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar, "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from Evita, "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and "Memory" from Cats.

Cameron Mackintosh

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Producer Cameron Mackintosh then recruited director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Gillian Lynne to turn the songs into a complete musical.
He is the producer of shows such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Miss Saigon, Cats, and Hamilton.

Cats (1998 film)

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Cats was adapted into a direct-to-video film in 1998, with a feature film adaptation by Tom Hooper set to follow in 2019.
Cats is a 1998 direct-to-video musical film based on the stage musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber, itself based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.

Jellicle cats

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It tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make the "Jellicle choice", deciding which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.
They were further developed in Cats, a stage musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Eliot's book.

Megamusical

Cats started the megamusical phenomenon, establishing Broadway as a global industry and directing its focus to big-budget blockbusters, as well as family- and tourist-friendly shows.
Notable megamusicals include Cats (1981), Les Miserables (1985), The Phantom of the Opera (1986), The Lion King (1997), and Wicked (2003).

Cats (2019 film)

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Cats was adapted into a direct-to-video film in 1998, with a feature film adaptation by Tom Hooper set to follow in 2019.
Cats is an upcoming 2019 British–American musical fantasy film based on the stage musical of the same name by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, which in turn was based on the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.

Sarah Brightman

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Sarah Brightman, who had already made a name for herself with the chart hit "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper", arranged a private audition and was cast in an as-then undecided role.
In 1981, she made her West End musical theatre debut in Cats and met composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she later married.

Sung-through

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Cats is a sung-through musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.

List of the longest-running Broadway shows

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As of 2019, it remains the sixth-longest-running West End show and the fourth-longest-running Broadway show.

Winter Garden Theatre

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Cats opened to positive reviews at the New London Theatre in the West End in 1981 and then to mixed reviews at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway in 1982.
The theatre's longest tenant was Cats, which opened on October 7, 1982 and ran 7,485 performances spanning nearly eighteen years.

Elaine Paige

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Her understudy Myra Sands replaced her as Jennyanydots, while Elaine Paige agreed to take over the role of Grizabella.
She originated the role of Grizabella in Cats and had a Top 10 hit with "Memory", a song from the show.

Victoria the White Cat

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This is followed by a ballet solo performed by Victoria to signal the beginning of the Jellicle Ball ("The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball").
Victoria (also known as the White Cat) is a principal character in the musical Cats, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

Rum Tum Tugger

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There was an initial disagreement over the casting of Nicholas as Rum Tum Tugger; Nunn had misgivings about the actor's laid-back attitude but eventually yielded to Lloyd Webber, Mackintosh and Lynne, all of whom were keen on Nicholas for the role.
Rum Tum Tugger is one of the many feline characters in the poetry book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, published in 1939, and in the musical Cats, which premiered in 1981 and is based on Eliot's book.

Jellylorum

He is accompanied by Jellylorum, his caretaker, who tells of his exploits.
Jellylorum is a principal character in the musical Cats.

Jemima (cat)

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However, the cats do not understand him, so he has Jemima (also known as Sillabub), the youngest of all Jellicles, sing it in simpler terms ("The Moments of Happiness").
Jemima (also known as Sillabub ) is a principal character in the musical Cats, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the poetry of T. S. Eliot.

Mr. Mistoffelees

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Former Royal Ballet principal dancer Wayne Sleep was offered the part of Mr. Mistoffelees after Lloyd Webber and Mackintosh attended a performance by his dance troupe, one of the many dance showcases they saw in preparation for the musical.
Mr. Mistoffelees is a character in T. S. Eliot's poetry book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and its musical adaptation, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats.

Jennyanydots

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Lloyd Webber was happy to oblige given her credentials and so Dench joined the company in the dual roles of Grizabella and Jennyanydots.
She is also a principal character in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, which is based on Eliot's work.

Macavity

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A sombre moral from Old Deuteronomy is interrupted by a second loud crash, presumably from Macavity, which sends the alarmed cats scurrying.
He also appears in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, which is based on Eliot's book.

Really Useful Group

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Lloyd Webber thus decided to turn Practical Cats into a musical, co-produced by Mackintosh and the Really Useful Group's Brian Brolly.
Until recently, these had consisted of lower budget straight-to-video versions of the shows (notably Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph), but 2004 saw Really Useful Films complete the major motion picture The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum, which was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

Old Deuteronomy

At this moment, Munkustrap, the show's main narrator, explains that tonight the Jellicle patriarch Old Deuteronomy will make an appearance and choose one of the cats to be reborn into a new life on the Heaviside Layer.
Old Deuteronomy is a character in T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and its musical adaptation, Cats.

Operettenhaus

Long-running foreign productions include a 15-year run at the Operettenhaus in Hamburg that played over 6,100 performances, as well as an ongoing run in a purpose-built theatre in Japan that has played over 10,000 performances since it opened in 1983.