Cats, Now and...until Dec. 19.
The current national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicalization of T.S. Eliot's poems, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," will close Dec. 19 in East Lansing, Michigan, after a record-breaking 12 years on the road.
Although Cats has been on the road since December of 1983, the fourth national company has been traveling continuously for the last 12 and a half years. The show became the longest running tour in American theatre history Nov. 18, 1997, surpassing Oklahoma!. Cats reached its 5,000th performance milestone July 7, 1999 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A revamped and streamlined tour of the show is expected to go out again in the fall of 2000, according to a Cats press representative.
Cats became the longest running Broadway show June 19, 1997. Currently in its 17th season, the musical, which won 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical has been seen by over 8, 350,000 people. Cats was directed by Trevor Nunn. Gillian Lynne choreographed the cast of 36 actor-singer-dancers who play exotically named felines from Grizabella, the Glamour Cat to the mysterious Mr. Mistofeles. Cats produced the hit song, "Memory."