'Cats' returns to Detroit

The show that revolutionized musical theatre is coming to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit for eight performances, May 18—23. Tickets for "Cats" are now on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com.

Produced by Cats-Eye, LLC, the national tour of "Cats" is the only production in North America sanctioned by Andrew Lloyd Webber. With original direction by Trevor Nunn and choreography by Gillian Lynne this is the "Cats" credited with the British invasion of Broadway. The national tour of "Cats" recently celebrated its 27th anniversary season, holding its place as the longest continuously touring Broadway musical in history.

On May 11, 1981, "Cats" opened at the New London Theatre in the West End. Eight years later it celebrated its first important milestone: after 3,358 performances "Cats" became the longest running musical in the history of British theatre. "Cats" played its final performance on its 21st birthday, May 11, 2002.

"Cats" opened on Broadway October 7, 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City and continued to live up to its motto "Now and Forever." On June 19, 1997, "Cats" became the longest running musical on Broadway. It ended its 18 year run on September 10, 2000 with 7,458 performances. That record was broken by The Phantom of the Opera on January 9, 2006 when Phantom celebrated its 7, 486th curtain.

Based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, "Cats" won seven 1983 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Lighting and Best Costumes.

In October of 1991 "Cats" became the longest continuously touring show in American theatre history. Five continents, 26 countries, over eight and a half million audience members and 27 years later, "Cats" is still America's most loved family musical.

Performance times for "Cats," appearing May 18—May 23, at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit, are:

• Tuesday through Sunday performances at 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of "Cats" range from $29 to $69 (includes parking and facility fees) and are now on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats are available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more) call (313) 871-1132 or visit groupsales@nederlanderdetroit.com. For additional information, call (313) 872-1000 or visit www.BroadwayinDetroit.com.

Published: Wed, Mar 10, 2010