Cats Musical: the plot and the movie production

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Cats Musical

Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The Cats musical is based on T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum´s Book of Practical Cats. The first performance of the musical took place in 1981.

After this 1981 debut, under the direction of Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, it opened in Broadway in 1982. The London production ran for 20 years and the Broadway production ran for 18 years, from 1982 to 2000.  During all this time, the play won several awards, including Best Musical at the Tony Awards and the Laurence Olivier Awards.  

There are other records that Cats musical has set. It is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway´s history. From 1997 through 2006 it was the longest Broadway running show. The Phantom of the Opera took this place. The Cats musical is also the sixth-longest-running show in West End.

The plot

The main story in the musical is about a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night in which they do what they call “the Jellicle choice”. In this event, they will decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and return to a new life.

The performance begins with a white cat named Victoria who dances signaling “The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball”. A large grey tabby, Munkustrap then proceeds to explain how cats gather every year to celebrate. The cats are waiting for Old Deuteronomy, their leader to decide which Jellicle cat will travel to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new cat.

Next, all the cats journey into the stage introducing themselves, including the villain Macavity, which makes the Jellicles scatter at once. At the conclusion, Grizabella, a cat that used to be shunned by the rest, is chosen to Journey to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn.

Cats Musical: Movie Production

In 1998, Cats was made into a movie for television production.  Lloyd Weber oversaw the orchestration for this film.

Universal Studios will be producing a new adaptation of the Cats musical into a film.  Tim Hooper will produce this film with Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, and Tim Bevan producing. This film will start production in 2017 or 2018.

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