Aug 03, 2016

    Cats prowls Broadway after 16 years


    CATS, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical based on poet T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats, has returned to Broadway after 16 years.

    The revival show, starring singer Leona Lewis, had its official opening

    on Sunday at the

    Neil Simon Theatre.

    Cats debuted in London's West End in 1981 and came to Broadway a year later, going through

    7,485 performances

    before closing in 2000.

    "I think you'll probably find that it's absolutely the Cats you remember," said Lloyd Webber, known for other hit musicals like

    Phantom Of The Opera.

    "We've condensed a couple of things. There's one... song in the show

    I was never particularly keen on and that's gone now, which is a great, great pleasure. We've done quite a lot of work and I think we're quite pleased with it."

    The award-winning show has been seen by audiences in more than 30 countries and translated into

    15 languages.