", "Beverley Knight Will Take on the Role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats Revival", "Geffen Sizzles While Biz Drizzles: Broadway is Next Stage for Pop's Top Composers", "The Top 10 Highest-Grossing Broadway Shows of All Time", "Cats the musical to go global again as theatre extends run to 100,000 new tickets", "Now, Forever...and Again!  A professional circus adaptation of Cats, titled Cats Run Away to the Circus, had a national tent tour from 1999 to 2001, with Hannah once again starring as Grizabella. Media in category "Cats (musical)" The following 27 files are in this category, out of 27 total. She tries to dance along, but her age and decrepit condition prevent her from doing so ("Memory (Prelude)"). For example, Calico cats or the tortoise-shell and white cats are basically tri-colored. From September 2008 to May 2009, a Korean-language production toured South Korea, with Shin Youngsook and Ock Joo-hyun alternating as Grizabella, Kim Jin-woo and Daesung alternating as Rum Tum Tugger, and Kim Bo-kyung as Rumpleteazer.  These European tours have featured several notable performers in the role of Grizabella, including Pernilla Wahlgren (Sweden; 2003), Katarína Hasprová (Slovakia; 2016) and Jenna Lee-James (Netherlands; 2018–2019). ", "Behind the scenes of CAT's @ Regent Theatre", "What's a Jellicle Cat? Due to the Eliot estate asserting that they write no script and only use the original poems as the text, the musical had no identified plot during the rehearsal process, causing many actors to be confused about what they were actually doing.  Since then, the Hungarian-language production has continued to be staged intermittently as part of the Madách Theatre's repertoire and, as of 2017, has been performed nearly 1,500 times.  Making Lynne's job more challenging was the fact that the music in Cats is unceasing and the majority of the cast remains on-stage throughout nearly the entire show. The musical was co-produced by the original London production team, along with David Geffen and The Shubert Organization.  The show was also produced in Zürich at the ABB Musical Theatre from 1991 to 1993, while a production by Joop van den Ende and the Royal Ballet of Flanders was staged at the Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen in Belgium in 1996. It seems that cats and other animals prefer “types … It played a total of 8,949 performances in London.  John Snelson, a musicologist, wrote of the poems: [They] provided excellent material for musicalization, as Eliot's style in this collection is reminiscent of a popular lyricist. Cats introduced the song standard "Memory". The success of it gave us all the freedom to go on and do other shows. , Lloyd Webber thus decided to turn Practical Cats into a musical, co-produced by Mackintosh and the Really Useful Group's Brian Brolly.. He is a wise old cat who "has lived many lives" and is tasked with choosing which Jellicle will go to the Heaviside Layer every year. Cats have been domesticated (tamed) for nearly 10,000 years..  After a total of 350 performances, the show closed at the Teatro San Rafael in June 2014, and then toured over 36 cities in Mexico until December 2014.  From 1989 to 1990, the company toured the Festival Theatre in Adelaide, His Majesty's Theatre in Perth, Civic Theatre in Newcastle, Lyric Theatre in Brisbane, and the Aotea Centre in Auckland. It is the former glamour cat, Grizabella - turned dishevelled outcast who, at the end of the e…  A revival premiered at the Teatro San Rafael in May 2013, with an opening night cast that included Filippa Giordano as Grizabella, Landeta, and Maru Dueñas.  Jacob Brent directed and choreographed the production.  This production was revived and toured South Korea from 2011 to 2012, with Insooni and Park Hae-mi taking turns to portray Grizabella.  In association with 'The Really Useful Group', 3500 children from across Europe joined together with a virtual choir of many international Stagecoach students, and produced the largest production of the musical yet.  Billington also specifically traces the rise of the jukebox musical genre back to Cats, citing the latter's disregard for dramatic text in favour of an all-encompassing theatrical experience. Gus – short for Asparagus – shuffles forward as the next cat to be introduced ("Gus: The Theatre Cat"). The musical … Gus then remembers how he once played the infamous Growltiger, the Terror of the Thames ("Growltiger's Last Stand"). For Userboxes Wikipedia:Userboxes/Cats.  Another Mexican revival was launched at the Coyoacán Centennial Theater in October 2018, with Yuri as Grizabella and Landeta as Old Deuteronomy. Within his song, a whole steam train engine is assembled out of objects in the junkyard. Produced by Tim O'Connor, the production was performed at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. As Rum Tum Tugger's song fades, a shabby old grey cat stumbles out and looks around; it is Grizabella. It won numerous awards including Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier and Tony Awards. Rum Tum Tugger was reworked from a ladies-man rockstar to a breakdancing street cat. This production was based on the 2014 London revival and also featured a new song written especially for the French show by Lloyd Webber. Over 2,500 of these scaled-up props were used to fill the whole auditorium in the original Broadway production. After the overture, the cats gather on stage and describe the Jellicle tribe and its purpose ("Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats"). After much back-and-forth, the agency presented a minimalist poster consisting of a pair of yellow feline eyes (with dancing silhouettes for the pupils) set against a black backdrop.  However, "Memory", an 11 o'clock number for Grizabella that Nunn insisted the show needed as its "emotional centre", still had no lyrics at this point. After a moral from Old Deuteronomy about the destiny of Jellicle Cats and Pollicle Dogs, a second loud crash, presumably from Macavity, sends the alarmed Cats scurrying. It is a story about two dog tribes clashing in the street and subsequently being scared away by the Great Rumpus Cat, a cat with flashing red eyes.  Moreover, the musical led to a surge in the sales of Eliot's book. , It was announced on 3 August 2012 that a UK tour of the show would open on 9 February 2013, at the Edinburgh Playhouse..  Jorma Uotinen directed and choreographed a Finnish production at the Helsinki City Theatre that ran for over two years from September 1986 to December 1988, and featured Monica Aspelund as Grizabella, Heikki Kinnunen as Gus, and Kristiina Elstelä as Jennyanydots/Griddlebone.  The marketing campaigns for the musical targeted family audiences at a time when this demographic was not a consideration in the industry. Template:Cats navbox Template:OlivierAward Musical 1976–2000 Template:TonyAward Musical 1976–2000 Template:TonyAward MusicalScore 1976–2000 Template:TonyAward MusicalBook 1976–2000 Template:Andrew Lloyd Webber Template:T. S. Eliot Script error: No such module "Authority control".Script error: No such module "Check for unknown parameters".  The 2015 Australian tour and 2015 Paris production also used the new version of the character; however, the 2016 Broadway revival did not. Cats, also called domestic cats (Felis catus), are small, carnivorous (meat-eating) mammals, of the family Felidae..  Notable performers in the fourth tour included Amelia Marshall as Sillabub (1988), Jan Horvath as Grizabella (1990), Bryan Batt as Munkustrap (1991–1992), Jennifer Cody as Rumpleteazer (1992), David Hibbard as Rum Tum Tugger (1992–1993), Natalie Toro as Grizabella (1992, 1997), Christopher Gattelli as Mistoffelees (1993), John Treacy Egan as Old Deuteronomy (1993–1994), J. Robert Spencer as Rum Tum Tugger (1995), Bart Shatto as Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger (1996), Linda Balgord as Grizabella (1998), Andy Karl as Rum Tum Tugger (1998), and Lena Hall as Demeter (1998). , The development of Cats was also plagued by financial troubles. , An ongoing revival by the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien production company opened at the Ronacher Theatre in September 2019. He is very fickle and unappeasable, "for he will do as he do do, and there's no doing anything about it".  The revival marked its 200th performance in May 2019. It has been performed around the world many times and has been translated into more than 20 languages. It also paved the way for the constant revolutionization of stage technology. , A film adaptation directed by Tom Hooper for Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Working Title Films was released on 20 December 2019.  Nicole Scherzinger, who played Grizabella in the 2014 West End revival, had originally agreed to reprise the role on Broadway, but her desire to return as a judge on The X Factor led her to withdraw. The magical Cat restores the lights and brings back Old Deuteronomy, earning praise from all the Cats. Act II — Why Will the Summer Day Delay — When Will Time Flow Away? Before Old Deuteronomy can announce his decision, Grizabella returns to the junkyard and he allows her to address the gathering. During the Ball, Grizabella reappears and tries to dance along, but her age and decrepit condition prevent her from doing so. , November 1985 saw the premiere of a Norwegian-language production at Det Norske Teatret in Oslo. The film starred James Corden as Bustopher Jones, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger, Idris Elba as Macavity, Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Ian McKellen as Gus, Taylor Swift as Bombalurina, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots and Francesca Hayward as Victoria. Lloyd Webber's compositions employ an eclectic range of musical styles so as to magnify the characters' contrasting personalities. Dance is also a key element in the musical especially during the 10-minute Jellicle Ball dance sequence. Other countries that the musical has been performed in include South Africa (2001–2002), Lebanon (2002), Qatar (2003, 2017), Turkey (2013), Israel (2014), and the United Arab Emirates (2017). the Terror of the Thames ("Growltiger's Last Stand").  When the show was brought to Broadway, the Winter Garden Theatre was given a similar $2 million makeover; its proscenium stage was converted into a thrust, and a part of its roof was torn through to allow for the effects of Grizabella's ascension to the Heaviside Layer. Hushed giggling sounds signal the entrance of Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, a pair of near-identical cats. Now, the Jellicle Choice can be made. By the time the production closed in August 1989, it had become the most successful Canadian stage production of all time with a box office of $78 million from nearly 2 million tickets. Despite moderate hits with Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, Lloyd Webber was still relatively unknown to the general public before Cats, especially in the US. He is the so-called "Napoleon of Crime" who always manages to evade the authorities. She "sits and sits and sits and sits" all day, while at night she teaches the mice and cockroaches various activities. The poet uses repeated catch phrases, strong hooks, steady rhythm and outrageous, attention-grabbing, witty rhymes, which are the ingredients of every well-crafted popular lyric.  At the time, the musical was found to have had an economic impact of $3.12 billion on New York City and had generated the most theatrical jobs of any single entity in Broadway history.  Adding to the experience, the show usually includes a lot of audience interaction, such as during the overture when the cast don flashing "green eyes" as they make their way through the audience in the darkened theatre.  The tour closed at the Manchester Opera House in December 1995. We’re taking the Cats show that’s touring and working on it afresh." thirty nine years ago.  A touring company visited Asia again between 2007 and 2010, including stops in Taiwan, Macau, and Thailand in 2007; South Korea from 2007 to 2008; China in 2008; Singapore and Hong Kong in 2009 (with Delia Hannah playing Grizabella); and Manila in 2010 (with Lea Salonga as Grizabella).  Lynne considered the 13-minute "Jellicle Ball" dance to be the crux of the show, noting that in order to work as a dance-driven musical, Cats "had to succeed there or die". became "with a frightful burst of fireworks, the Siamese they swarmed aboard! He is very fickle and unappeasable, "for he will do as he do do, and there's no doing anything about it". Finally, Old Deuteronomy gives his closing speech to the human audience ("The Ad-dressing of Cats") and the show comes to a close. Broadway Sacramento staged the musical in 2003 and 2009 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. The musical was produced by Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group, with direction by Nunn, choreography by Lynne (who also served as the associate director), set and costume design by Napier, lighting design by David Hersey, sound design by Abe Jacob and music direction by Harry Rabinowitz. The cats are at first suspicious and proud, reluctant to allow an audience into their domain.  However, he relented to Lloyd Webber's more ambitious vision for the musical. The compositions were performed privately for friends but Lloyd Webber had no further intentions for them at the time.  Following a six-month engagement in Blackpool that broke the theatre's box office record and was seen by around 450,000 people, the production moved to the Edinburgh Playhouse for three months, before closing in May 1990 after another two months at the Point Theatre in Dublin. Flagicons with missing country data templates, Béla Tímár, Péter Haumann, Ildikó Hűvösvölgyi, Ildikó Kishonti, Péter Cseke, Béla Szerednyei, Ilona Bencze, Béla Paudits, Mari Kiss, Steve Barton, Ute Lemper, Joachim Kemmer, KrisTina Decker, Michael Reardon, Vlada Aviks, Monica Solem, Mark Morales, George De La Pena, Rebecca Raider, Anthony O'Keefe, Grant Smith, Anita Louise Combe, Jeff Phillips, Marina Prior, Manuel Landeta, Susana Zabaleta, Ariel López Padilla, Maru Dueñas, Olivia Bucio, Guillermo de Uslar, Humberto Manlio, Abel David, Marisol Arreola, Manuel Sánchez, David de la Rosa, Meyra Córdova, Gabriel de Cervantes, Alberto Díaz, Cecilia Huerta, Rosalva Navarro, Fabiola Zepeda, Juan Carlos Casasola, Rafael Santiago, Javier Díaz Dueñas, Alejandra Murga, Héctor Arroyo, Estela Barona, Luis René Aguirre, Lenny Zundel, Simone Brooke, Marcela Valiente, Alejandra Valiente, Claudia Meyer, Guillermo Tellez, Jaime Rojas, Ramiro Guzmán, Enrique Calatayud, Armando Moreno. , The musical played in Auckland from 1989 to 1990, and for a limited run in 2015. Her faded appearance and lonely disposition have little effect on her song ("Memory").  The Melbourne run played from October 1987 to December 1988, with an opening night cast that included Megan Williams as Grizabella, Wood as Old Deuteronomy, Phillips as Rum Tum Tugger, Linda Hartley-Clark as Demeter, Femi Taylor as Bombalurina, Rachael Beck as Rumpleteazer and Seán Martin Hingston as Plato/Macavity. Based on the definitive 16-piece licensed version. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking, award-winning, family favourite West End and Broadway musical CATS - book your tickets today! One of these was "Grizabella the Glamour Cat" which, although rejected from Eliot's book for being "too sad for children", gave Lloyd Webber the idea for a full-blown musical.  Cats made its French debut at the Théâtre de Paris from February 1989 to April 1990, with an original cast that included Gilles Ramade as Old Deuteronomy. , After Hamburg, the German production transferred to Stuttgart where it played from 2001 to 2002. The London production ran for 21 years and 8,949 performances, while the Broadway production ran for 18 years and 7,485 performances, making Cats the longest-running musical in both theatre districts for a number of years. The Jellicle Choice can now be made.  For example, the rebellious Rum Tum Tugger is introduced with a rock song ("The Rum Tum Tugger"); the fallen Grizabella is accompanied by a dramatic operatic aria ("Grizabella: The Glamour Cat"); Old Deuteronomy makes his grand entrance to a lullaby-turned-anthem ("Old Deuteronomy"); and Gus' nostalgia for the past is reflected through an old-fashioned music hall number ("Gus: The Theatre Cat").  Set in an abandoned film studio instead of a junkyard, the Polish version opened in January 2004 and closed in 2010. The original London and Broadway productions featured David Hersey's pioneering use of automated lighting to produce kaleidoscopic landscapes and complicated optical effects. The 2015 London revival and UK Tour introduced numerous 'modernizations' to the show, such as a rapped version of "The Rum Tum Tugger," whose character and costume is also completely reworked, changing him from a ladies-man "rock star" style character, to a "young urban" style cat, changing him also from one of the adult toms, to one of the kittens.  Lloyd Webber was also involved and rewrote "The Rum Tum Tugger" for the revival.  Most recently, a UK production played in numerous European cities from 2016 to 2019, with tour stops in Switzerland, Croatia, Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Cats on the other hand features four Jellicle-defining songs: "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats", "The Naming of Cats", "The Jellicle Ball" and "The Ad-Dressing of Cats". Within his song, a whole steam train engine is assembled out of objects in the junkyard: Various Cats spin wheels, hold up the structure, and light the headlights. After a quick patrol for Macavity, Old Deuteronomy deems it a false alarm and summons the cats back as the main celebration begins ("The Jellicle Ball"), in which the cats sing and display their "Terpsichorean powers". However, he panned Lynne's choreography and felt that the musical failed in its vague attempt to tell a story.  A Swedish version of the musical opened in 1987 at the Chinateatern in Stockholm.  The first Chinese-language production began touring various cities in China in 2012. Share Share Tweet Email. Script error: No such module "Authority control".  The Broadway revival closed on 30 December 2017 after 16 previews and 593 performances. The Really Useful Group, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Veronica Bennetts, Stephanie Manuel and Paul Leddington Wright all contributed and collaborated to bring this production together. Set in a dilapidated London Underground station during World War II, this production was given a 5-star review by The Stage for its "radical" reimagining of Cats. It closed on 10 September 2000, after a total of 7,485 performances.  Cats returned to Asia from 2002 to 2004, when an international touring company performed in Malaysia, South Korea, Shanghai, Taipei and Beijing; the 2004 cast included Slindile Nodangala in the role of Grizabella.  Cats also turned things around for the independent British publishing house Faber and Faber. In 1997, The New York Times credited the regional and touring productions of Cats with "almost single-handedly reviv[ing] the sagging road business". The movie is based on the Broadway hit musical, CATS written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The music changes suddenly and The Rum Tum Tugger makes an extravagant entrance ("The Rum Tum Tugger"). Gus then remembers how he once played the infamous pirate captain, Growltiger a.k.a.  Robert Cushman's review for The Observer concluded that Cats was flawed but unmissable.  The production ran through 2014 before transferring to the West End. Mackintosh's insistence that all touring productions of Cats replicate the Broadway production also resulted in the expansion and upgrading of regional theatre venues to accommodate the musical's demanding logistical requirements, as local theatre owners did not want to miss out on the opportunity to host the lucrative show. 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Allo stabile regionale prima Italiana del tour del musical piu amato della storia", "Efter 20 år – nu får Pernilla sjunga "Memory" i "Cats, "Muzikálová diva Katarína Hasprová: Pravda o rivalstve so Sklovskou! Cats has since been revived in the West End twice and on Broadway once. The first non-English production of Cats premiered in March 1983 at the Madách Theatre in Budapest, Hungary, with direction by Tamás Szirtes and choreography by László Seregi.  For instance, melodic fragments of "Memory" are sung by Grizabella and Jemima at several points in the show before the song is sung in full, serving to characterize Grizabella and foreshadow her final number. He is the Cat who is unofficially in charge of the night train to Glasgow. The original London cast recording utilised longer versions of "The Old Gumbie Cat", "Old Deuteronomy" and "The Ad-Dressing of Cats" with verses and lines that were cut from later productions. Eliot poem, "The Ballad of Billy M'Caw". Early advertisements for the musical did not feature traditional pull quotes (despite many positive reviews) or any of the cast, instead branding the show itself as the star.  Additionally, a song entitled "Cat Morgan Introduces Himself" was cut during initial development. Victoria is the protagonist of the 2019 Cats movie. Let's see which jellicle cat …  From October 2015 to May 2016, a revival toured Australia with stops in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. , Napier began designing the set in November 1980, wanting "a place where cats might congregate together, which also included maximum room for dancing". Lloyd Webber's former writing partner Tim Rice was brought in to write a lyric for the song, but his version was rejected by Nunn for being too depressing. This is how they divide history: BC — Before Cats — and AD — Andrew Dominant. 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