‘Cats’ comes to Hungary
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking 2015 Olivier award nominated musical “Cats” comes to Hungary and will play at Budapest’s SYMA Sports and Conference Center from November 17-19, according to a press statement sent to the Budapest Business Journal yesterday.
The 2016/2017 tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theater production of “Cats” is presented by David Ian. Based on T. S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, the musical first returned to the West End in December 2014, the press statement reminds, reuniting the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following a second season at the London Palladium this Christmas, the production will embark on a new tour into 2017.
“Cats” is one of the longest-running shows on London’s West End and on Broadway; it had its world premiere at the New London Theater in 1981, where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The production won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production scooped up seven Tony awards, including Best Musical, and the production went on to run there for 18 years.
The musical has now been presented in more than 30 countries, has been translated into ten languages and has been seen by an estimated total audience of more than 50 million people worldwide. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album. The classic Lloyd Webber score includes “Memory”, which has been recorded by more than 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.
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