Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by T.S. Eliot
Additional Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Originally Directed in London and New York by Trevor Nunn with Original Musical Staging and Choreography by Gillian Lynne
Directed and Choreographed by Bambi Johnson
Music Direction by Chris Rose
Tidewater Players is beyond thrilled to announce the lead-off show of their 2022-2023 season with the groundbreaking international mega-hit, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS. The record breaking Tony Award, Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Grammy Award winning mega-musical promises, under the direction of Bambi Johnson (last season’s surprise hit The Spongebob Musical), to be an immersive evening of spectacle and art the likes of which has never been seen in the history of the Opera House, or anywhere near, when the entre theatre becomes the Jellicle playground in the junkyard. Lloyd Webber was inspired to set T.S. Elliot’s 1939 children’s book of poems Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats to music, and in collaboration with award winning director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Gillian Lynne, the rest is theatrical history.
Once a year, the Jellicle Cats come out to play on the night of the Jellicle Ball, when Elliot’s feline characters The Rum Tum Tugger, Skimbleshanks, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Mungojerrie, Rumpleteaser, Gus, Grizabella and others sing their stories for Old Deuteronomy who will determine which cat deserves to ascend to the Heavyside Layer and return in a new Jellicle life. Lloyd Webber’s intoxicating score features a variety of song styles, ranging from jubilant to haunting to heartbreaking, all building to the international mega-hit “Memory”, which has been recorded by over 150 artists including Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow. Get your tickets now for this visual extravaganza while you can. The slogan for the original show was “CATS….Now & Forever”, but it’s only till September 25 here in Havre de Grace.