Following its triumphant season in London’s West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS comes to the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands for a strictly limited season this December.
Coming to town just in time to coincide with Universal Pictures’ film adaptation, CATS is based off T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and takes place in a larger-than-life junkyard playground. Here, audiences are set to meet a medley of unforgettable feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks.
These are the Jellicle Cats, come out to play on the very special night of the Jellicle Ball, each of them telling their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
Originally having premiered at the New London Theatre in 1981, it went on to play for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The ground-breaking production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical, and in 1983, its Broadway transfer became the recipient of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, and ran for 18 years.
Since its world premiere, CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 15 languages and has been seen by more than 81 million people worldwide. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album. The magnificent musical score composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber includes musical standards, such as the fun “The Jellicle Ball” to the poignant hit song ‘Memory’, which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.
Needless to say, it’s a phenomenon, and having not been seen on the Singapore stage for years, this is your chance to catch the kitties in all their live, musical action as CATS returns this December at the Sands Theatre.
Photo credit: CATS Tour 2019 Photography by Alessandro Pinna