A key date in feline history just slunk past
On October 7th, 1982, the musical “Cats” opened on Broadway, little more than a year after its debut in London’s West End. Scored by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show had a script drawn from a playful volume of poetry, T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” It told a loose story about “Jellicle” cats gathered for a junkyard ball.
The New York show received mixed reviews — “Whatever the other failings and excesses, even banalities, of ‘Cats,’” Frank Rich wrote in The Times, “it believes in purely theatrical magic” –. But it ran for 18 years, earning nearly $400 million. A revival in 2016 ran for about a year and a half. Above, Mr. Lloyd Webber with that cast.
Next stop: Hollywood. In December 2019, “Cats” makes its movie debut, with Steven Spielberg and Mr. Lloyd Webber executive producing. Shooting starts in Britain next month; James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen and Taylor Swift are among those slated to prowl the screen.
“I think the key to the ‘Cats’ movie is going to be: What do they look like?” Mr. Lloyd Webber said last year. “I think that you can’t do ‘Cats’ with a great deal of C.G.I.,” he added. “Part of the thing is seeing that they are human beings.”
Information and Image are shared from an Article by Nancy Wartik, published in The New York Times, on October 7th, 2018. Image Credit: Krista Schlueter for The New York Times, 2018.