The acclaimed West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking musical, CATS, is coming to Australia following its triumphant London season. Opening on 30 October this year, Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in the Haymarket will be home to this brilliant song and dance spectacular, complete with dazzling choreography and stunning costumes.

CATS is a brilliant song and dance spectacular, featuring an oversized set, superb score, inspired choreography and costumes.

Composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS’ magnificent musical score has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the production is set amongst a junkyard playground that is alive with our favourite feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks.

The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year, the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

Delta Goodrem will play the coveted role of Grizabella in Sydney and will sing the poignant hit song “Memory”, one of the most famous songs from the musical.

The 2015 Olivier Award nominated CATS introduces a rapping ‘street cat’ who performs some amazing breakdancing moves, in the famous Rum Tum Tugger role. Andrew Lloyd Webber said “I’ve come to the conclusion that having read Eliot again, maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap”.

The hit revival was reworked for the most recent season in the West End by the original creative team of Director Trevor Nunn, Choreographer & Associate Director Gillian Lynne, Set Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

One of the longest running shows in the history of the West End and Broadway, CATS’ world premiere was held in 1981 at the New London Theatre, where it played for 21 record breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The ground-breaking production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony awards including Best Musical and ran for 18 years.

Since its world premiere, CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, translated into 15 languages and seen by more than 73 million people worldwide.  Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album.

Sandra Tiltman


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