Today in the History of Cats

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1981-05-11 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1982-10-07 Musical "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway NYC and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.
  • 1983-06-05 37th Tony Awards: "Torch Song Trilogy" and "Cats" win
  • 1994-09-28 "Cats" 5,000th Broadway performance, joining "A Chorus Line" and "Oh! Calcutta!" in the 5,000 club
  • 1996-01-29 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • 2000-09-10 The musical Cats closes on Broadway
  • 2002-05-11 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End
  • 2020-03-17 Golden Raspberry Film Awards (Razzies): Musical "Cats" wins six awards including worst film

Birthdays in Music

  • 1926-02-20 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera", born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)
  • 1947-07-03 Betty Buckley, American actress (Abby-8 is Enough, 1776, Cats), born in Big Spring, Texas
  • 1947-11-11 Brad Lee Sexton, American bass guitarist (Little Charlie and the Night Cats), born in North Carolina (d. 1995)

Person of interestAndrew Lloyd Webber

1948-03-22 Andrew Lloyd Webber, British theatrical composer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Phantom of the Opera; Cats), born in London, England

  • 1971-07-24 John Partridge, British singer (Cats) and actor (EastEnders), born in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England

Deaths in Music

  • 2018-07-01 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," dies at 92