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CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer.

Contrary to his usual creative methods and to satisfy a personal curiosity, Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the music for CATS to existing poetry. He chose Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot because it was a book he remembered with affection from his childhood. Webber found the verses to be extraordinarily musical, with "irregular and exciting metre" that challenged him as a composer. Some of the settings of CATS were performed in the summer of 1980 at the Sydmonton Festival. T.S. Eliot's widow, Valerie Eliot, came to the concert and brought with her various unpublished poems by her husband, including "Grizabella the Glamour Cat".

A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. Since Cats first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world's best known and best loved musicals and has grossed over £1 billion. Originally directed by Trevor Nunn, CATS has since been presented in over 20 countries and in about 250 cities, and has been translated into 10 languages. CATS's London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years.

Performance Dates
April 10, 11, 17, 18 7:30pm
Matinee April 12 & 19 2:00pm

Presented At: Richland High School Auditorium
Director: Jo Brodzinski

In the Press

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, Mid-Columbia Ballet join forces for 'CATS'

Jo Brodzinski first saw CATS in London in the early 1980s, not long after the smash musical made its West End debut.

Brodzinski was blown away — and inspired to one day stage the show herself. "I knew immediately I wanted to do it," she said.

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