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Eliot, T. S.
Eliot, T. S.

Thomas Stearns (T. S.) Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 26, 1888. He was educated at Harvard, at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Merton College, Oxford. He settled in England in 1915 and taught briefly at tow schools before joining Lloyds Bank in the City of London in their foreign and colonial department. His first volume of poems, Prufrock and Other Observations, was published in 1917. The Waste Land, his most famous work, came out in 1922. In 1925 he left the bank to become a director of the publishing house of Faber. There have been several colleted editions of his poetry and volumes of his literary and social criticism. T. S. Eliot also wrote a number of verse plays, the best-known of which, MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, was commissioned for the Cantebury Festival of 1935.  FOUR QUARTETS, now generally regarded as his masterpiece, was first published in 1943.  OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS appeared in October 1939. (Eliot had a great affection for cats and "Possum" was his alias among his friends.) Forty two years later, this work would be combined with the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber to become CATS, the longest-running Broadway musical of all time.

T. S. Eliot became a British citizen in 1927. He received many honors and distinctions, among them the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was posthumously awarded two 1983 Tony Awards for the book and lyrics of CATS. He was also an Officer de la Legion d'Honneur. He died in London in January, 1965, and there is a memorial to him in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey.

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    In 1982, CATS opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden where it ran for 7,485 performances and closed eighteen years later, one of the most beloved musicals of all time. It won the 1983 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Book, Direction, and Original Score - with a total of seven Tony wins.
    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.
    In 1997 CATS broke the record for longest-running musical in Broadway history when it hit its 6,138th performance. This was only surpassed in 2006 by THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - also by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
    In 1981 CATS had its world premiere at the West End's New London Theatre. It went on to run there for 8,949 performances. Then, on the production's 21st birthday in 2002, CATS closed its West End run! Fans without tickets were able to watch a live broadcast of the final performance from Covent Gardens.