Cats is a pop-cultural phenomenon that has been performed on stage for more than 50 million patrons in 26 countries for almost 18 years, resulting in more than two billion dollars in ticket sales. Now that Cats has finally made it to the small screen, attention must be paid not just by fans of this critic-proof show, but also by those entertainment mavens who have somehow avoided it until now. Written by
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In the spring of 1980, Peter Shaw and his film-stage actress wife Angela Lansbury Shaw met one memorable day with Andrew Lloyd Webber in his London town house. Andrew Lloyd Webber, playing his piano to pitch, trying to entice Angela into starring as 'Norma Desmond' in his future musical-play adaptation of Billy Wilder's 1950 Paramount film starring Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard". Andrew auditioned 'Norma Desmond's' musical numbers during the session, performing one of 'Norma Desmond's' solo songs "Memory", that 'Norma Desmond' would perform ascending her Sunset Boulevard mansion's foyer staircase. Andy L. Webber needed a finalé song for Elaine Paige, as 'Grizabella', to climb the staircase lowering from the overhead stage flies to the hedge Junk heap, for 'Grizabella's' ascension to feline heaven. The memorable song "Memory" was pulled from Webber's stage musical adaptation "Sunset Boulevard" original score; Webber recycled the song "Memory" in order to complete his "CATS" score. Andrew Loyd. Webber had time to compose a new replacement song for Norma's "Sunset Boulevard" staircase number; opening in London on 12 July 1993 (1,529 performances). See more
During the last part of "The Gumbie Cat", we see Munkustrap, Jellylorum, Demeter, and Bombalurina helping Jennyanydots take off the Gumbie costume in the front right part of the stage. We see her in her flapper outfit, then there's a shot of the beetles, and in the next shot, Jennyanydots is in the center back of the stage, walking forward, and the others have disappeared. See more
With cats, some say one rule is true: don't speak 'til you are spoken to. Myself, I do not hold with that. I say you should address a cat, but always keep in mind that he resents familiarity. You bow, and taking off your hat, address him in this form: O, Cat!
In the credits, when it lists additional song voices, Jemima is spelled as Jemmima. See more
Referenced in The Sixth Sense
The Jellicle Ball
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber
and T.S. Eliot
Performed by Ken Page
and chorus See more