Cats Essay

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Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Cats also introduced the song standard "Memory". Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, Cats first opened in the West End in 1981 and then with the same creative team on Broadway in 1982. It won numerous awards, including Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards. The London production ran for twenty-one years and the Broadway production ran for eighteen years, both setting new records. Actresses Elaine Paige and Betty Buckley became particularly associated with the musical. One actress, Marlene Danielle, performed in the Broadway production for its entire run (from 1982 until 2000). Cats is the second longest-running show in Broadway history, and the fourth longest-running West End musical. It has been performed around the world many times and has been translated into more than 20 languages. In 1998, Cats was turned into a made-for-television film. Contents [hide] 1 Production history 2 Detailed synopsis 2.1 Act I — When Cats Are Maddened by the Midnight Dance 2.2 Act II — Why Will the Summer Day Delay — When Will Time Flow Away? 3 Music 3.1 Musical numbers 3.2 Orchestra 3.3 London Cast album 3.4 Chart positions 3.4.1 Original Broadway 3.4.2 Dutch version 3.4.3 German version 3.4.4 German version at the Operettenhaus 3.4.5 London version 4 Characters 4.1 Principal characters 4.2 Other characters 5 Notable casts 5.1 Other notable performers 6 Other notable professional casts 7 Awards and nominations 7.1 Original London production 7.2

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