Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London’s New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS’s London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years.
An assortment of felines inhabit a junkyard and exhibit their many qualities in a series of songs and dances. Just when it seems that nothing very momentous will take place, Grizabella, the faded Glamour Cat, ascends to the Heavyside Layer where there are cats galore. Jumping, hissing and aerobics ensue.