CATS' Dame Gillian Lynne Offers Top Ten Tips For Choreography
Long before the 1980s Broadway era we now refer to as "The British Invasion," choreographer Gillian Lynne helped hurl some opening salvos in 1960s transports like THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT - THE SMELL OF THE CROWD and PICKWICK.
But it was Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS that made her a major star. Her work can still be seen on Broadway in the everlasting hit THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, which was followed by ASPECTS OF LOVE and CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.
Though that upstart American Andy Blankenbuehler (IN THE HEIGHTS, HAMILTON) will be handling choreographing duties for the upcoming Broadway revival of CATS, he'll be working off of Lynne's template with the British Dame serving as associate director.
She shares with BBC News her Top Ten Tips For Choreography.
Since Cats first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world's best known and best loved musicals. With a plot based on T.S Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and award-winning music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Cats, originally directed by Trevor Nunn, has since been presented in over 20 countries and in about 250 cities, including such diverse destinations as Buenos Aires , Seoul , Helsinki and Singapore.
The new Broadway revival of CATS, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography and associate direction by Gillian Lynne, will begin previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on July 14th, 2016 and open August 2nd, 2014.