From Cat Fancy (December 1993)
Cats Begins 12th Season on Broadway
The musical Cats, the longest-running show currently playing on Broadway, celebrated its 11th anniversary in October, making it the third longest-running production in Broadway history.
Since opening at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York on October 7, 1982, the musical, based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, has played more than 4,500 performances. In addition, Cats has been performed by four national touring companies in the United States and has played in 16 other countries. In October 1991, Cats became the longest continuously touring musical in American theater history.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats, winner of the 1983 Tony Award for Best Musical, features a series of profiles of fanciful cats from Eliot's book. Characters range from Mister Mistoffelees the Magical Cat to Macavity to Grizabella the Glamour Cat. Two actors from the original company are still with the show, and the cast is full of cat lovers.
The Fourth National, the only production of Cats still touring the country, has performances booked through 1996. Check your local theater to find out if the musical will play in your next area, or plan to see it at the Winter Garden Theatre if you visit New York.