2009-12-27 / Dining & Entertainment

CATS added to Dow Event Center’s Broadway season

SAGINAW -- The show that revolutionized musical theatre is coming to The Dow Event Center in Saginaw for one performance only Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for CATS, starting at $25.50, went on sale Thursday, Dec. 17 at The Dow Event Center, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Discounts are available for subscribers and groups of 20 or more at 989-759- 1330.

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 26th 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.

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, 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 26 years later, CATS is still America’s most loved family musical. Celebrating not only 26 years but the birth of the musical spectacular, CATS is still revolutionary and awe inspiring.

Now that it was been seen by millions of audience members worldwide, it is time to celebrate with the whole family the magic, the mystery, the wonder of CATS.

Jam Theatricals (www. jamtheatricals.com) and The Dow Event Center (www.doweventcenter.com ) are proud to present CATS as a special addition to the Citizens Bank Presents Broadway in Saginaw 2009-10 Season, sponsored by WJRT/ABC Channel 12.

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