Is the musical "Cats" based on a true story?

Is the musical "Cats" based on a true story?

Of course, it has a narrative, although a shallow one that takes a second seat to the show's physical and musical action. For those who are still perplexed—and we don't blame you—a here's primer on what Cats is all about. Cats, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on a collection of poetry by T.S. Eliot. The script, written by Lloyd Webber, uses this material as a springboard for songs that often deal with sin, redemption, and change. Think of it as rock opera set in late 1950s London after the death of King George VI. The story focuses on four cats (named Tom, Jerry, Dusty, and Bella) and their attempts to find love and fame through the eyes of a girl named Felicity.

So, no, this isn't really a true story, but then again, neither is Les Miserables. One is a work of fiction the other is an opera, but both tell integral parts of the same story, which is why they can be considered as two sides of the same coin. Music has a unique ability to transcend time, culture, and language barriers and bring people together from all over the world. It's this very quality that makes music a powerful medium for storytelling in the first place.

Cats has been praised for its innovative use of melody and dance. Like many other Lloyd Webber works, it is extremely popular with audiences worldwide.

What is the musical called "Cats"?

Andrew Lloyd Webber's sung-through musical Cats is based on T. S. Eliot's 1939 poetry work Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. The musical has music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book by James Bond. It first opened at the London Palladium on 24 March 1980 and later moved to its permanent home, the New London Theatre, where it still runs today.

Cats contains no songs that are actually played on instruments. All the songs are spoken word songs with some written into the dialogue or as part of the stage action. However, several characters are endowed with personality through their voices; these include Madame Odius, who is sung by Elizabeth Taylor, and Grizabella, who is performed by Ethel Merman.

The original cast album was released in 1981 and has been continuously in print ever since. A second album containing additional material was released in 1983. A third album was released in 2014 featuring new recordings of many of the show's classics.

Cats is one of only two musicals (the other being Les Misérables) to have won all eleven awards offered by the American Academy of Musical Arts. It also won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1980. In 2001, Cats received a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.

Are the songs in Cats the same as in the musical?

The original Cats is based on a collection of T.S. Eliot poetry and, as such, lacks a narrative plot to bring its numerous songs together. It's a production more concerned in dancing than storytelling, with costumes and sets taking precedence over the story. However, it does contain some scenes or sequences from its musical counterpart.

While the musical version does not duplicate the script verbatim, it does include many of the original song's lyrics. The music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the book is by Lloyd Webber and Christopher Hampton. The choreography is by Wayne McGregor and the direction is by Lloyd Webber. The musical first opened on Broadway in 1998 and won several awards including a Tony for Best Musical. A film version was released in 2003 with some changes made to the script and cast members being replaced.

Who is the composer of the musical Cats?

Cats is a musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and produced by Cameron Mackintosh that is based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Cats, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, premiered in the West End in 1981 and then on Broadway in 1982 with the same creative team. The show has since played to sold-out houses around the world.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said that he wrote Cats because he wanted to write a musical that did not use music as a form of narration. Instead, he wanted each number to have its own story with no intermissions between them. He also wanted to try something new with book writing so he hired someone else to do it for him! The person he chose was T. S. Eliot who had never written a musical before but who he felt would be able to help him with the process.

Cats is one of only two shows (the other being Les Misérables) that have won all eight awards available from the Academy of Musical Theatre Awards: Best New Score, Best Choreography, Best Direction, Best Production Design, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Actor in a Featured Role.

It should be noted that the original cast album does not include any vocals. All the voices are provided by the orchestra.

What was the controversy over the musical Cats?

There are few issues about which I feel more qualified to speak than Andrew Lloyd Webber's global blockbuster musical Cats. Following the publication of the trailer for the planned film adaptation, the internet quickly divided among those who opposed it simply because it was CATS and those who found the imagery unsettling or nightmare-inducing.

The former group included many parents who felt that young children should not be exposed to such disturbing images. The latter group included fans of the original musical who were appalled at what they perceived as a betrayal of Catwoman (or rather, Michelle Pfeiffer) who had been one of their favorites since they were teenagers.

In fact, the film will be very similar to the Broadway production in most ways except that it will exclude some extremely violent scenes that would have been impossible to portray on screen.

After its initial run on Broadway, Cats became one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling more than 30 million copies worldwide. It has been translated into nearly 50 languages and has spawned two major Hollywood films so far.

Andrew Lloyd Webber conceived Cats in 1981 while he was recovering from surgery after being diagnosed with AIDS. He wanted to write something lighthearted in order to get rid of his depression caused by this devastating new disease.

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