THE SCREENING ROOM: Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Celine Dion, Laurie Beechman, Heather Headley, Michael Crawford and More Sing "Memory" (Video)

By Playbill Staff
September 10, 2013

The legendary run of Cats ended on this date in 2000. Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, the musical enjoyed an 18-year run of 7,485 performances.



Playbill.com is marking the date with various performances of Cats' signature song, "Memory." From Patti LuPone to an outrageous performance by Celine Dion in costume, we've collected some favorite performances of the song. 

Elaine Paige:

 

Betty Buckley:

 

Laurie Beechman:

Heather Headley:

A rare audio clip of Patti LuPone singing "Memory."

Barbra Streisand:

Celine Dion:

Here is Olivier winner Elaine Paige performing the Andrew Lloyd Webber tune on the 1981 Royal Variety Performance, accompanied by the composer himself. Paige was, at that time, starring in the London production of the hit musical as Grizabella.

 

Celine Dion in costume:

 

Betty Buckley live in concert:

Johnny Mathis:

Susan Boyle:

Sarah Brightman:

Lea Salonga:

Shirley Bassey:

Michael Crawford: