By Norm Robins
On May 15, 2020, Andrew Lloyd Webber will telecast Cats as his weekly free offering for us shut-ins. Good for us! The telecast starts at 11 AM our time and will run for 48 hours. It will be available on YouTube. Simply go there and put “The Show Must Go On” in the search box.
This is the 1898 presentation starring Elaine Paige and directed by David Mallet. The slinky, slithery, delightful choreography is by Gillian Lynne.
Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1988 in St. Louis, Missouri, into a prominent Boston family. In 1914 he moved to Britain becoming a British subject and renouncing his American citizenship. He studied at Harvard, the Sorbonne in France, and at Oxford. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.
Cats is based on T.S. Eliot’s book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. It tells the story of prowling cats that choose which one of them will be the “jellicle cat”, the one that will rise to the “Heaviside Layer”, aka cat heaven.
The nearby video is Elaine Paige performing her very beautiful “Memories” in concert. You can watch this on YouTube at: