Broadway musical, “Cats” featured in Ludlow auditorium

LUDLOW, Vt. – FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will present its second streamed Broadway musical, “Cats” on Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Cats introduced the song “Memory.”

From the Broadway musical Cats. Photo provided

Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, Cats first opened in London in 1981 and then with the same creative team on Broadway in 1982. The London production ran for 21 years and the Broadway production ran for 18 years, both setting new records.

As of 2016, Cats is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history, and was the longest running Broadway show in history from 1997 to 2006 when it was surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera. Cats is the sixth-longest-running West End musical. It has been performed around the world many times and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Some of the “cats” in the musical are Gus, An elderly actor, known as “the Theatre cat;” Bustopher Jones – A fat cat respected by all, as the upper-class “St. James’s Street Cat;” Grizabella – a former “glamour cat,” ostracised by the Jellicles, who has lost her sparkle and now only wants to be accepted. Jellylorum – a queen who watches out for the kittens; Jemima – a kitten. She becomes the first cat to accept Grizabella; Jennyanydots – the old Gumbie cat. She sits all day and rules the mice and cockroaches at night, forcing them to undertake helpful functions and creative projects, to curb their naturally destructive habits; and Old Deuteronomy – the elderly Jellicle Leader.

The musical event is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. For information, call 802-228-7239 or visit FOLA.

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