The Musical Cats in History

Events in Music

Music 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

  • 1982-10-07 Musical "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway, NYC; runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000, wins 7 Tony and 1 Grammy Award
  • 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 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" closes on at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 7,485 performances; won 7 Tony Awards, 3 Drama desk Awards, and a Grammy Award
  • 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 (Cats; The Phantom of the Opera), born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)
  • 1947-07-03 Betty Buckley, American Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress (Cats - "Memory"; Eight Is Enough - "Abby"; 1776), 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)

Andrew 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