Miranda explained that it was "more of a scene than a song, the only scene in the [sung-through] show", and he wanted to reserve the impact of "at least one revelation" that could be experienced more fully onstage.
Eliot 's Old Possum's Book of Practical Catswhich the composer recalled as having been a childhood favorite. The songs of the musical comprise Eliot's verse set to music by the composer, the principal exception being the most famous song from the musical, " Memory ", for which the lyrics were written by Trevor Nunn after an Eliot poem entitled "Rhapsody on a Windy Night".
Lloyd Webber began composing the songs in late and premiered the compositions at the Sydmonton Festival in The concert was attended by T. Eliot's wife, Valerie Eliot and she loved the songs that Lloyd Webber had composed.
She gave her blessing for the songs to be adapted into a musical stage play. Rehearsals for the musical began in early at the New London Theatre.
Due to the Eliot estate asserting that they write no script and only use the original poems as the text, the musical had no identified plot during the rehearsal process, causing many actors to be confused about what they were actually doing. An unusual musical in terms of its construction, the overture incorporates a fugue and there are occasions when the music accompanies spoken verse.
The show is completely told through music with virtually no spoken dialogue in between the songs. Dance is also a key element in the musical especially during the minute Jellicle Ball dance sequence. The set, consisting of an oversized junkyard, remains the same throughout the show without any scene changes.
Lloyd Webber's eclecticism is very strong here; musical genres range from classical to pop, music hall, jazz, rock, and electro-acoustic music as well as hymn-like songs such as "The Addressing of Cats".
There was trouble initially as Judi Denchcast in the role of Grizabellasnapped her Achilles tendon during rehearsals prior to the London opening. She was replaced by Elaine Paige. The conductor was Harry Rabinowicz.
It played a total of 8, performances in London. Its final performance in London's West End was on its 21st birthday, 11 Mayand broadcast on a large screen in Covent Garden to the delight of fans who could not acquire a ticket for the final performance.
The original London cast of Cats The show made its debut on Broadway on 7 Octoberat the Winter Garden Theater with the same production team. On 19 JuneCats became the longest-running musical in Broadway history with 6, performances.
It closed on 10 Septemberafter a total of 7, performances. It remains Broadway's fourth-longest-running show in history. Lloyd Webber and others on the production team for the film wanted to keep the feeling that viewers watching the film could still get the sense of seeing the show live, by having all views be facing the stage, therefore, getting multiple views of the set, with several close-ups.
Cats has been translated into over 20 languages.
In addition to this, 52 selected elite dancers, including 14 solo dancers who took the named parts, performed the whole musical on a raised stage in the center of the arena.Musical Theater Heritage is a professional theater company in residence at Crown Center in Kansas City.
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Let me be clear about this, I loved the musical Cats, and this review is not about the musical itself, but about the dvd. This was supposed to be a commemorative widescreen edition, and it was not/5().
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Let the memory live again and perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical CATS, based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats. Hamilton the musical in the West End, London.
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow.
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