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brdwybound04
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CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 08:00pm
Anyone think that with ALW mounting a "limited" (aka inevitable open ended ) run in the West End this Christmas, that it may transfer to Broadway in spring 2015 and reclaim the Winter Garden theatre once Rocky concludes its run this January? This is shaping up to a redux of Broadway in the early 90s with Les Mis, Phantom, Miss Saigon transferring over, and now potentially Cats, not that there's anything wrong with that. My only hope is that they go back to the original intent of Cats which had a darker less kiddie approach that the show took on over the years and subsequently on tours in order to cater to families. Back in the day, the original show was beautifully dark and haunting and less bright and whimsical...
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TheGingerBreadMan
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joined:12/7/12
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 08:46pm
Wait, is ROCKY closing? Did I miss something?
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Susanswerphone
Understudy
joined:4/26/14
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 08:51pm
Rocky is selling through March 2015 at the moment.

Updated On: 6/26/14 at 08:51 PM
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jnb9872
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joined:11/24/08
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:15pm
Oh god, no. Please no.
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
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Wickedmonkey332
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joined:5/2/13
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:18pm
Cat Hiiiiiisssssss. Stay Away.
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TheatreFan4
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joined:8/12/09
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:30pm
I love Cats and would welcome it to come back, BUT I want a new production, not a remount of the original production. However, I know that's a big part of the selling power with its iconic look so it's not gonna happen.
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Updated On: 6/26/14 at 09:30 PM
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Elfuhbuh
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joined:3/23/14
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:33pm
I was wondering when this would happen! CATS is one of my guilty pleasures, so I'd love to see this make its way back to Broadway.
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best12bars
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joined:6/29/05
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:46pm
I think "Cats" was a "lightning in a bottle" phenomenon. I'm one of the few around here who saw the OBC and thought it was brilliant. But it was so unusual to have Elliott's poetry set to Webber's music in a junkyard with dancers dressed as cats. On paper, it shouldn't have worked, but a 16-year run, many awards and enough glowing reviews proved otherwise. It felt like "experimental theatre" had gone mainstream.

I just don't see a revival of it capturing anything close to the original production. In fact, I think the only way to consider it would be to re-think the concept and try something completely different with the material. Then, of course, you're risking everything, which the original concept and production(s) did as well.
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blaxx
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joined:6/28/05
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:49pm
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/176544/let-the-memory-live-again-andrew-lloyd-webbers-cats-prowls-into-the-london-palladium/

...with the composer even altering two of the numbers for the latest West End incarnation. Lloyd Webber said: "today Rum Tum Tugger should be a street cat and so that gives us a great dance opportunity and I must say that I never liked what I did with Growltiger’s Last Stand...so we’re having a go at that."

The Gus / Growltiger segment was my favorite part of the whole thing. The only cat I thought deserved to be the chosen one over the Memory kitty.
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best12bars
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CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:51pm
I remember the whole Growltiger scene with the pirate ship on stage. They cut that later in the run, right? It was a wonderful flashback to his "glory days."

(Or am I remembering it wrong after 30 years?)
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blaxx
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:52pm
I don't think they cut it from the stage production. It is not part of the DVD.

The ship was amazing. A memory/dream sequence and the only time that they were in a different location.


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Updated On: 6/26/14 at 09:52 PM
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Mr Roxy
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joined:5/17/03
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:56pm
A sign Armageddon is approaching.
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best12bars
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:56pm
I saw Cats for a second time on Broadway late in the run, at least 14 years after I had first seen it, and I'm pretty sure the pirate ship raked set was gone. I remember the thing coming forward, tilting out, and the sails rising from the first time. It was very impressive. That was gone. Maybe it kept breaking down? Who knows. But it wasn't there.

... or so I recall.
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teresa2
Stand-by
joined:4/1/05
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:56pm
Totally agree with above poster." Oh God no. Please no". I hated that show!! I am not a huge ALW fan in general, but that was the worst!!!
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Elfuhbuh
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CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 09:58pm
I saw the US tour a couple of years back, and the Growltiger segment was still in there. The part that was not included was the "Peaks and the Pollicles" song with the dogs that we see on the DVD.
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blaxx
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 10:02pm
I saw Cats for a second time on Broadway late in the run, at least 14 years after I had first seen it, and I'm pretty sure the pirate ship raked set was gone. I remember the thing coming forward, tilting out, and the sails rising from the first time. It was very impressive. That was gone. Maybe it kept breaking down? Who knows. But it wasn't there.

... or so I recall.


Are you sure it wasn't on tour? The tour set for Growltiger was certainly a lot more modest and adapted for travelling purposes.

Maybe someone who was more familiar with the last days of the Broadway run can confirm this but I thought the number was there with the same set until the end.
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Stage Door Sally
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CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 10:04pm
I'd only go see it again if it starred the cat that got fired from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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best12bars
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CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 10:06pm
I never saw Cats on tour. I saw it twice on Broadway. Once right after it opened (full original cast), and once 14 years later.

Marlene Danlelle (an understudy the first time) was still in it.
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haterobics
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joined:3/29/14
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 10:09pm
I'll only go if Shia LaBeouf is sentenced to 6 months of Rum Tum Tugger for his Cabaret infractions.
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Mr Roxy
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CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 10:10pm
The inevitable bag of Cats cat litter will be available @ the concession stand.
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mjohnson2
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joined:11/2/13
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 10:15pm
Well, it is what it is. People will always love CATS no matter what. I think there are 3 songs in the show that set this one apart from the majority of ALW's work (POTO and EVITA notwithstanding), but the production of this show always seemed too tacky for me to really enjoy it. I think a minimalist revival could work really well, but this doesn't seem like it will be like that.
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ukpuppetboy
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CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 10:15pm
First Lindsay Lohan and now this. Not a good 24 hours for the London Stage.
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CATSNYrevival
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CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 10:34pm
Obviously I'm all for this but I wish Webber, with his constant need to fuss with his past scores which worked just fine the first time around, had nothing to do with the production or the decisions being made. The man is senile.
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ukpuppetboy
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CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 10:55pm
Mr Roxy - i'll go if the seller is hot.

OR

if Dame Judi makes it safely through rehearsals this time
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RippedMan
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joined:8/14/05
CATS broadway revival!!!
Posted: 6/27/14 at 02:02am
Is the pirate ship part in the recorded video of Cats? I hate the show, but I love a big tech element, and I'd love to see how that all works.
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TheatreFan4
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Posted: 6/27/14 at 02:10am
Nope, it was replaced with Pekes and the Pollicles because John Mills was frail and legally blind.
"Hi there, we represent The Broadway Better Business Players for a Better Tomorrow. We're trying to start a petition to get second rate shows taken off the marquee and with your help we can stop Mamma Mia from ever playing again." -Brad Jones in Suburban Knights

"Is it true you have Ralph Jr at the bottom of your purse in a jar of formaldehyde?" - Felicia
"No, but I wish I did so I could shove it down your throat!" - Bernadette

"This play is sh*t! This play is sh*t! F*CK YOU TERRENCE MCNALLY!!"- Patti LuPone as an angry theatre goer at 'Master Class'

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- Aggie Cromwell

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