Cats The Musical, the award winning musical theatre extravaganza from Andrew Lloyd Weber was reworked by the original creative team for the West End in 2014 and was so popular that its season was extended. The revival has made its way down to Australia and for a limited time only, Australians will get the chance to see what this play is all about, or revisit it once more.
So first, your memory I’ll jog,
And say: A CAT IS NOT A DOG.
A Cat’s entitled to expect
These evidences of respect.
And so in time you reach your aim,
And finally call him by his NAME…..
For all of their unique qualities and differences,
he says, cats are very much like you.
If you don’t know what Cats is about, here’s the low down. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is alive with highly entertaining feline characters and wonderful witty verse, as the Jellicle Cats come out to play in a larger-than-life junkyard on 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 new life.
For the Australian season of Cats, Delta Goodrem has been recruited to play the role of Grizabella while up and coming performer Daniel Assetta plays the role of Rum Tum Tugger. The technically challenging role of Mr. Mistoffelees is played by Christopher Favaloro.
Cats received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, Cats has enchanted more than 73 million people in over 300 cities around the world, winning numerous awards including Olivier and Tony awards for Best Musical. Not only is it one of the most successful musicals of all time, but it’s also one of the most divisive. Some think it’s excellent while others positively hate it, each for a variety of reasons. How will you know which side of the fence you sit on? Well you’ll have to go and watch it won’t you.
Visit the official site to book your tickets today.
18 Dec 2015 – 24 Jan 2016
Regent Theatre, Melbourne
29 Jan 2016 – 14 Feb 2016
Lyric Theatre, South Brisbane
18 Mar 2016 – 10 Apr 2016
Festival Theatre, Adelaide
16 Apr – 8 May 2016
Crown Theatre, Burswood