Cats
Cats
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber | Based on Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats | By T. S. Eliot

Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS's London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years.

Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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In 2000, eighteen years since its Broadway opening at The Winter Garden, CATS closed after 7,485 performances. At this time it was the longest-running musical in Broadway history; a record only surpassed in 2006, when THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - also by Andrew Lloyd Webber - overtook its run.
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"It's a musical that transports the audience into a complete fantasy world that could only exist in the theater and yet rarely does. CATS believes in purely theatrical magic, and on that faith it unquestionably delivers." — Frank Rich, The New York Times
"It's a musical that transports the audience into a complete fantasy world that could only exist in the theater and yet rarely does. CATS believes in purely theatrical magic, and on that faith it unquestionably delivers." — Frank Rich, The New York Times, January 01, 1982
"More than a hit... a genuine theatrical landmark. The show keeps rejuvenating itself." — Elyse Sommer, CurtainUp

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Andrew Lloyd Webber on his inspiration for CATS at www.reallyuseful.com.

I began setting Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats to music late in 1977, partly because it is a book I remember with affection from my childhood and partly because I wanted to set existing verse to music. In my associations with lyricists it has tended to be the case that once a dramatic story line had been agreed, the lyrics are written to music I compose. I was very curious to see whether I could work the other way round.

Very luckily Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats contains verses that are extraordinarily musical; the have rhythms that are very much their own, like the ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ or ‘Old Deuteronomy’ and although clearly they dictate to some degree the music that will accompany them they are frequently of irregular and exciting metre and are very challenging to a composer.

I wrote some settings in late 1977 which I began performing at the piano for friends, but I never progressed the idea seriously until after I had composed “Tell Me On A Sunday.” This was performed on BBC TV in the early part of 1980 and I began to think of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats as a possible concert anthology that could also be performed on television. With this in mind, some of my settings were performed in the summer of 1980 at the Sydmonton Festival. Valerie Eliot fortunately came to the concert and with her brought various unpublished pieces of verse by her husband; one of these was ‘Grizabella the Glamour Cat’. The musical and dramatic images that this created for me made me feel that there was very much more to the project than I needed the support of another to encourage me to re-work my settings and to see if a dramatic whole could be woven from the delightful verse that I was now to be allowed to develop.

Thus in the late summer I had my first meeting with Trevor Nunn. Soon after Valerie Eliot produced various other uncollected poems, three of which we have incorporated into Cats in their entirety. She also gave us a fascinating rough draft of an opening poem for what appears to have been conceived as a longer book about cats and dogs. This poem was not appropriate for the stage but it inspired us to write a lyric with the same intention of celebrating the supremacy of Jellicle cats. We have been able to include lines from the end of Eliot’s draft poem which now introduce “The Naming of Cats.” But what was most thrilling was to find a reference in one of Eliot’s letters to coherent, albeit incomplete structure for an evening; he proposed that eventually the cats were to go "Up up up past the Russell Hotel, up up up to the Heaviside Layer".

Trevor Nunn, who I discovered has a taste for tackling theatrical problems that most people consider insoluble, set to work immediately with me combing Eliot's works and we were reminded of the many references to cats in the main body of his writing.

I have enjoyed working on Cats as much as on any show on which I have worked. My gratitude with be undying to Valerie Eliot without whose encouragement the musical could never have taken its present form.


Awards for Cats

Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Canada)

January 01, 1983 — 7 Awards including Best Musical
7 Awards including Best Musical

Outer Critics Circle Awards

January 01, 1983 — Best Musical

Moliere Awards (France)

Award for Best Musical

Laurence Olivier Awards (London)

January 01, 1981 — 2 Awards including Musical of the Year

Drama Desk Awards

January 01, 1983 — 3 Awards including Outstanding Music

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Written By: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber on his inspiration for CATS at www.reallyuseful.com.

I began setting Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats to music late in 1977, partly because it is a book I remember with affection from my childhood and partly because I wanted to set existing verse to music. In my associations with lyricists it has tended to be the case that once a dramatic story line had been agreed, the lyrics are written to music I compose. I was very curious to see whether I could work the other way round.

Very luckily Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats contains verses that are extraordinarily musical; the have rhythms that are very much their own, like the ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ or ‘Old Deuteronomy’ and although clearly they dictate to some degree the music that will accompany them they are frequently of irregular and exciting metre and are very challenging to a composer.

I wrote some settings in late 1977 which I began performing at the piano for friends, but I never progressed the idea seriously until after I had composed “Tell Me On A Sunday.” This was performed on BBC TV in the early part of 1980 and I began to think of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats as a possible concert anthology that could also be performed on television. With this in mind, some of my settings were performed in the summer of 1980 at the Sydmonton Festival. Valerie Eliot fortunately came to the concert and with her brought various unpublished pieces of verse by her husband; one of these was ‘Grizabella the Glamour Cat’. The musical and dramatic images that this created for me made me feel that there was very much more to the project than I needed the support of another to encourage me to re-work my settings and to see if a dramatic whole could be woven from the delightful verse that I was now to be allowed to develop.

Thus in the late summer I had my first meeting with Trevor Nunn. Soon after Valerie Eliot produced various other uncollected poems, three of which we have incorporated into Cats in their entirety. She also gave us a fascinating rough draft of an opening poem for what appears to have been conceived as a longer book about cats and dogs. This poem was not appropriate for the stage but it inspired us to write a lyric with the same intention of celebrating the supremacy of Jellicle cats. We have been able to include lines from the end of Eliot’s draft poem which now introduce “The Naming of Cats.” But what was most thrilling was to find a reference in one of Eliot’s letters to coherent, albeit incomplete structure for an evening; he proposed that eventually the cats were to go "Up up up past the Russell Hotel, up up up to the Heaviside Layer".

Trevor Nunn, who I discovered has a taste for tackling theatrical problems that most people consider insoluble, set to work immediately with me combing Eliot's works and we were reminded of the many references to cats in the main body of his writing.

I have enjoyed working on Cats as much as on any show on which I have worked. My gratitude with be undying to Valerie Eliot without whose encouragement the musical could never have taken its present form.


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Rental Materials for Cats

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  • Orchestration (20 Books)
    • 1 – REED I (Flute, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax)
    • 1 – REED II (Clarinet, Baritone Sax, Flute)
    • 1 – FULL SCORE - Act 1
    • 1 – FULL SCORE - Act 2
    • 1 – REED III (English Horn, Oboe)
    • 1 – HORN I
    • 1 – HORN II
    • 1 – TRUMPET I (Bb Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet)
    • 1 – TRUMPET II (Bb Trumpet, Flugel Horn)
    • 1 – TROMBONE
    • 1 – CELLO
    • 1 – GUITAR (Electric, Acoustic)
    • 1 – BASS
    • 1 – DRUMS
    • 1 – KEYBOARD I (Electric Piano, Piano)
    • 1 – KEYBOARD II
    • 1 – KEYBOARD III
    • 1 – PERCUSSION (see list below)
    • 1 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE - Act 1
    • 1 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE - Act 2
  • Rehearsal Set (24 Books)
    • 20 – Libretto/Vocal Books
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 2 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE - Act 1
    • 2 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE - Act 2
    • 0 – Digital Logo

ADDITIONAL

  • Libretto/Vocal Books 10 pack
    • 10 – Libretto/Vocal Books
  • CATS - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
    • 1 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE - Act 1
    • 1 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE - Act 2
    • 1 – Libretto/Vocal Books

    ARTWORK

    • CATS Layered Bundle
      • 1 – Layered Banners
      • 1 – Layered Poster
      • 1 – Layered Facebook Tabs
      • 1 – Layered Print
    • CATS Flat Bundle
      • 1 – Flat Banners
      • 1 – Flat Facebook Tabs
      • 1 – Flat Poster
      • 1 – Flat Print

    Cast Requirements for Cats

    PRINCIPALS
    6 Women
    8 Men

    ENSEMBLE
    Strong dancers and singers are recommended for the larger roles. Recommended minimum of 4 (1 Woman and 3 Men).

    COMMENTS
    Some actors in Principal and Featured Roles are required to double in chorus roles.

    CHARACTERS
    Asparagus (Gus)
    Bombalurina
    Bustopher Jones
    Demeter
    Grizabella
    Griddlebone
    Growltiger
    Jellylorum
    Jennyanydots
    Mr. Mistoffelees
    Mungojerrie
    Munkustrap
    Old Deuteronomy
    Rumpleteazer
    The Rum Tum Tugger
    Skimbleshanks

    OTHER CHARACTERS (not in every production)
    Admetus
    Alonzo
    Bill Bailey
    Carbucketty
    Cassandra
    Electra
    Etcetera
    Exotica
    George
    Genghis or Gilbert
    Jemima
    Macavity
    Plato
    Pouncival
    Rumpus Cat
    Sillabub
    Tantomile
    Tumblebrutus
    Victor
    Victoria

    Set Requirements for Cats

    CATS takes place in a junkyard on the night of the Jellicle Ball.

    Materials Notes

    Bass Drum, Bell Tree, Cabasa, Castanet, Concert Bass Drum, Congas, Cowbell, Cymbal, Deep Gong, Glock, Gong, Maraca, Ratchet, Rattle, Shake, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Tam-Tam, Timpani, Triangle, Vibes, Vibraslap, Whip, Wood Block, Xylophone.

    Media Rights

    Promotional Video Right

    1. The Promotional Video shall be recorded and shown for the sole purposes of advertising your licensed production of the Play.

    2. The Promotional Video may not include more than (i) 1 minute from any song or (ii) 3 minutes, in the aggregate, of footage of copyrighted material from the Play.

    3. With respect to advertising on YouTube, you may only produce one (1) Promotional Video.

    4. The Promotional Video may not include any sponsorship or underwriting without the prior consent of all R&H.

    5. The Promotional Video must be submitted to R&H by sending the source video and video link to editor@rnh.com.

    6. The Promotional Video must include the following: "Rights courtesy of Rodgers & Hammerstein, www.rnh.com"

    7. Upon approval by R&H of the Promotional Video, you agree not to make any alterations in the approved copyrighted material used therein and you agree to obtain the prior written approval of R&H for any other use of the Promotional Video not specifically granted herein.

    8. In the event you shall breach any of the provisions set forth herein, the rights herein granted to you shall automatically terminate, without prejudice to our right to recover damages and obtain such other relief as we may be entitled to including, without limitation, a penalty of not less than $600.00 for each such occurrence.

    9. Upon termination of the Term, you shall cease to have any rights to use the Promotional Video including, without limitation, in connection with a future production of the Play, and shall immediately remove its content from any and all websites on the Internet.

    10. You may not use a commercially available recording.

    11. Any additional promotional rights must be approved by R&H by contacting Theatre@rnh.com.

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