Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running Cats, which seems to have played every city in the world, will appear even closer to home Nov. 2: in your living room.
The TV world premiere of the musical will air on PBS' "Great Performances" at 8 PM (ET) in New York. Outside New York, check local listings to confirm date and time.
The smash musical, drawn from T.S. Eliot's children's verse, features Elaine Paige as Grizabella (singing "Memory") alongside Ken Page (the original Broadway Old Deuteronomy) and legendary actor John Mills as Gus, the Theatre Cat. Bryn Walters plays Macavity and Jacob Brent, currently on Broadway, is Mistoffelees.
Gillian Lynne, original choreographer, directed and choreographed the stage proceedings. David Mallet directed the picture (shot with Super 16mm film from 16 stage positions at the Adelphi Theatre in London). A "specially augmented" 76-piece orchestra was engaged for the production. The retail video version of Cats is also now available, via PolyGram Video.
Cats opened Oct. 7, 1982, at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway following its success in London, and ushered in a decade of lavish London-produced shows by Andrew Lloyd Webber, including The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Starlight Express and Sunset Boulevard. The work earned a Eliot a posthumous 1983 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. His widow accepted the honor. The show is based on Eliot's collection, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats."
The musical also won Tonys in the categories of Best Director (Trevor Nunn), Costumes (John Napier), Best Lighting (David Hersey), Best Musical and Best Score.
OnJune 19, 1997, Cats became the longest-running msucial inthe historyof Braodway,palying its 6,139th performance.