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Cats, Musicals and Andrew Lloyd Webber


Do you love the musical "Cats"?
 

 

Do you think Andrew Lloyd Webber is the best composer ever?

 

Did you know that the words for "Cats" came from T.S. Eliot's   "Old Possums Book of Practical Cats"?

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

One of the poems/songs from "Cats"

Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a Cat who has lived many lives in succession.
He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme
A long while before Queen Victoria's accession.

Old Deuteronomy's buried nine wives
And more--I am tempted to say, ninety-nine;
And his numerous progeny prospers and thrives
And the village is proud of him in his decline.

At the sight of that placid and bland physiognomy,
When he sits in the sun on the vicarage wall,
The Oldest Inhabitant croaks:

"Well, of all . . .Things. . . Can it be . . . really! . . .
No!. . . Yes!. . .Ho! hi! Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!"


from T.S. Eliot's book "Old Possums Book of Practical Cats" 

dancers in cats Dancers from the musical Cats

 

History

CATS burst onto the London stage on 11th May 1981 and completely changed the face of musical history. Opening to rave reviews it went on to win a record-breaking number of awards worldwide.
The show opened on Broadway on 7th October 1982 and went on to hold the unique position of being the longest running musical in both West End and Broadway history.
CATS closed on Broadway in September of last year, but continues to play to capacity audiences in the West End, Germany, Hungary and Japan.


Other great 

       musicals by 

       Andrew Lloyd Webber

Jesus Christ Superstar

Phantom of the Opera

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