Get your "memory" going. This week marks 30 years since the musical Cats crawled onto Broadway.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on poetry from T.S. Eliot’s 1939 collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show sunk its claws in at the Winter Garden Theater and held on for 18 years, according to the Huffington Post. That makes it the second-longest-running show in Broadway history — second only to The Phantom of the Opera.
The legendary musical tells the story of the one night each year when Old Deuteronomy, the leader of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles, decides on one cat to be reborn. It is well-known for the Webber song “Memory,” performed by the character Grizabella. (Watch it in the video above.)
Cats won several Tony Awards during its run, including Best Musical and Best Musical Score. It also received Olivier Awards while it ran in London’s West End.
The “feline” cast took the stage 7,485 times before it closed on Sept. 10, 2000.
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