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12 May

12 May

Sounds of Musical Theatre


CATS (1998) NEXT AS LLOYD WEBBER/UNIVERSAL STREAM THEIR MUSICALS. The 1998 filmed production stars Elaine Paige, Ken Page, and Jacob Brent. The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On continues to air free, full-length recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, with the filmed staging of Cats available May 15 at 2 PM ET for 48 hours.

Returning to the Cats stage as Grizabella for the 1998 presentation was Elaine Paige, who originated the role in the West End. Ken Page also returned as Old Deuteronomy after originating the role on Broadway. Joining the pair are John Mills as Gus the Theatre Cat, Bryn Walters as Macavity, and Jacob Brent as Mistoffelees.

Original Broadway and West End choreographer Gillian Lynne directed and choreographed the stage proceedings. Cats features music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.

The musical follows a community of felines who gather for the Jellicle Ball, at which one among them is chosen to ascend to the supernatural Heaviside Layer. The original Broadway production, which opened in 1982, won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Original Score. Since its debut in the 80s, Cats went on to become one of the longest-running Broadway shows in history and was adapted into a pop culture movie in 2019.

The Shows Must Go On has also already aired By Jeeves, Andrew Lloyd Webber The Royal Albert Hall Celebration, the 2011 Australian production of Love Never Dies, the 25th anniversary presentation ofThe Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the 2012 U.K. arena tour production of Jesus Christ Superstar. .

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