Spotlight on: "Cats"
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical is alive with feline characters who’ve come out to play on one special night of the year—the night of the Jellicle Ball.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and adapted from T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,
the musical is set amongst a larger-than-life junkyard playground. It tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.
- The show’s book and lyrics were written by famed modernist poet T. S. Eliot, who won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical in 1983 and shared the Best Score Tony with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber—even though he had died in 1965.
- Lloyd Webber will have four shows running on Broadway simultaneously this spring: The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and revivals of Cats and .
HISTORYCats premiered in London’s West End in 1981 and ran for a 21 years. It came to Broadway in 1982 and won seven Tony Awards the following spring, including Best Musical. This is the show’s first Broadway revival.