Legendary Broadway musical ‘Cats’ slinks into San Jose

Cats are supposed to have nine lives, but the musical that bears their name has had considerably more than that.

The 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on poet T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” was the longest-running musical in Broadway history until 2006 (now it’s the fourth), based on its continuous run from 1982 to 2000; and won Tony and Olivier awards for best musical.

With songs such as “Memory,” “Mr. Mistoffelees” and “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats,” the show — the subject of both hardcore devotion and countless parodies — is known for its portraits of eccentric and extravagantly named cats (Skimbleshanks, Rumpleteazer, Bustopher Jones) and for its large cast prancing around in fanciful feline makeup and leg warmers.

After a 2016 Broadway revival that lasted a year and a half, the show’s current North American tour comes to San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts courtesy of Broadway San Jose.

That’s the thing about “Cats”; you know they always come back.

Details: Feb. 19-24; Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose; $43-$153; 800-982-2787, broadwaysanjose.com.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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