London 'Cats' Hits NY Milestone

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The London production of "Cats" has broken a New York record.

The London production of "Cats" has broken a New York record.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's feline musical, based on T.S. Eliot's poems, was already the longest-running musical in London history, having surpassed "Jesus Christ Superstar's" record of 3,357 performance way back in 1989.

But on Monday, Jan. 29, the London "Cats" played its 6,138th performance, surpassing Broadway's all-time record-holder, "A Chorus Line."

The New York version of "Cats" is closing in on "A Chorus Line" as well, having surpassed 5,500 performance already. A spokesman from the New York production said "Cats" will become the longest-running show in Broadway history in June of 1997, if it is still running.

All those runs are dwarfed by the still-running off-Broadway musical "The Fantasticks," which has played more than 14,500 performances so far. For non-musicals, the record goes back to London again, where Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" opened eight years before "The Fantasticks," and is still snapping along. London "Cats" reportedly celebrated its transatlantic milestone with an onstage presentation and a post-performance party.

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