Cats first opened
at the New London Theatre in London on May 1, 1981. In spite of skeptical
advance reviews, Cats became an instant hit! On September
23, 1982, Cats previewed at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre
and it was a huge success! Cats played Broadway for 18 years,
until June 1997, surpassing Chorus Line as Broadway’s longest
running musical. It ran til May 2002 on the London stage. National
tours of the production are still going on, today. It has now been
seen by an estimated 50-million theatre-goers worldwide
Cats, which celebrates
the superiority of cats, is set in a squalid, but colorfully-staged
city dump, where a variety of independent cats come out to prowl and
Cats is based on
T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats, published in England,
on October 5, 1939 and it is brillantly put to music by Andrew Lloyd
As the show progresses, you
are introduced to many different types of cats. Jellicle Cats,
“Come Out To Dance, “ and boast of their exploits, then
wait to find out which one of them will be selected to go...”to
the Heaviside layer,“ cat heaven, to be reborn into a new Jellicle
life and continue upon a cat’s nine-life destiny.
The production opens with,
Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats and The Naming of Cats.
The centerpiece song, Memory,
is sung by Shelly Cox-Robie, as Grizabella - before
her ascent to cat heaven. Memory was written by Trevor
Nunn, who produced and directed the original Broadway production of
Other songs include: The
Old Gumbie Cat, The Rum Tum Tugger, Grizabella,
The Glamour Cat, Bustopher
Jones, Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, Old Deuteronomy,
The Jellicle Ball, Gus, The Theatre Cat, Growltiger’s
Last Stand, Skimbleshanks, MaCavity, Mr. Mistoffelees,
and The Journey to the Heaviside Layer.
The closing song, The
Ad-dressing of Cats is sung by Wayne Kennedy as Old Deuteronomy.
Michael Duran, with an extensive
Broadway and television background, is the show’s artistic director/producer.
An 11-piece orchestra is under the musical direction of Neal Dunfee.
Tim McDonough is the producer and Stephen Bertles is the director/choreographer.
Scenic Design is by Melissa Schrank. Linda Morken is the costume designer,
Meghan Larimore is sound technician, Seamus McDonough is the stage
manager, sound design is by Wayne Kennedy, and Cletus Karamon is the
lighting designer. Steve Street is technical director.
Boulder's Dinner Theatre has
produced 98 Broadway musicals since 1978. 90,000 people attend the
productions annually. Performances include gourmet dinners served
by the stars of the show.
For Information on Boulder’s
Dinner Theatre and its upcoming schedule of musicals, find it on the