Will Cats Return to West End with Original Star Paige?

News   Will Cats Return to West End with Original Star Paige? At the last night of Cats on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber promised that this was only the end of one of its nine lives. Since closing in the West End after 21 years, the show has toured the UK. And, now, the London Evening Standard newspaper reports that the feline musical is pawing its way back to Theatreland.

What’s more, says the newspaper, the new London run could star some original West End cast members, including Elaine Paige, Bonnie Langford and Wayne Sleep, who have been approached about returning. The careers of both Paige and Sleep were sealed by the phenomenally successful show, and Paige had one of her biggest hits with the song “Memory.” Rumors have been flying for months about the show’s return, but there has been no official announcement yet. Although rumors have suggested that the New London Theatre — the show’s old home — might welcome its strays back, the Standard claims that Cats will leap into the Cambridge following the closure of Jerry Springer — The Opera.

Cats is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," and has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (original director Trevor Nunn contributed to the song "Memory," inspired by the late Eliot's notes). The show closed on Broadway after 18 years and 7,485 performances. In 1982, it won seven Tonys including Best Musical.

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