Among the original cast members of the Broadway production of Cats, Stephen Mo Hanan (then called simply Stephen Hanan) received some of the most tumultuous praise upon opening night, Oct. 7, 1982. For his portrayals of Bustopher Jones, Asparagus and Growltiger, he won a Tony nomination -- one of only three felines to be so honored. During the musical's six-week rehearsal process, Hanan (who has since gone on to be a playwright) kept a meticulous diary. Just before the landmark show recently closed, on Sept. 10, Hanan rediscovered his journal. Following are selected excepts from the work, seen for the first time, and provided by Hanan exclusively to Playbill On-Line. To read the diary, click on the story found in PBOL's home page feature section.