Cats in Atlanta Details
Cats is one of the most-beloved musicals of all time, performed in over 30 countries and translated into more than 15 languages since it opened in 1981. From the creative mind of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera), the characters in Cats aren’t the only thing that sets this record-breaking musical apart from the rest. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939), many of the songs are Eliot’s verse set to Webber’s music. The biggest exception to that is of course the show’s most famous song, “Memory.” With lyrics by Trevor Nunn (Starlight Express and Sunset Boulevard), “Memory” has been recorded by over 150 professional singers and covered by countless Broadway fans who can’t get enough of this hauntingly beautiful song. Cats is a sung-through musical, meaning all lines are sung with the exception of the occasional spoken phrase within songs. Cats is also known for its dance-centered content where the choreography is the focus rather than an enhancement to the singing. One of the most original concepts among Broadway shows, it’s no wonder Cats has been going strong and breaking records for many decades. Cats has appeared in Atlanta several times over that time frame.
Originally conceived as the home for Atlanta’s Shriners organization, the architecture of the Fox Theatre relies heavily on the inspiration of ancient Far East temples. Built in 1928, the building is a stunning mix of soaring domes, gorgeous gold leaf details, and sweeping archways that were heavily influenced by Spain’s fabled Alhambra mosque, and Egypt’s Temple of Kharnak. The design was so involved that the Shriners were unable to finish the exotic building, which led them to lease it to William Fox. Thus began the era of “movie palaces” which Fox built his empire on. The Fox Theatre cost $3 million, which is the equivalent of almost $40 million today. The gamble paid off and the Fox Theatre has been a monument to the importance of the screen and stage throughout American history ever since.
Cats has received dozens of award nominations since it premiered in 1981. With over two dozen awards won, Cats has been one of the most beloved musicals both on and off Broadway for decades. Among the awards won throughout the years, Cats has won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, and Best Direction of a Musical, all in 1983. In 1984, Cats won a Grammy Award for Best Cast Show Album. International performances of Cats have also received awards from the Moliére Award for Best Musical in Paris (1989), to the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for Best Performance and Best Technical Contribution in South Africa (2001).
How much does it cost to see Cats in Atlanta?
Resale tickets to see Cats in Atlanta cost about $125 per person, on average.
Cats in Atlanta dates
Cats hits the stage in Atlanta from August 6 through August 11, 2019. Cats shows at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and at 8 p.m. on Friday. Saturday and Sunday have two shows each. Saturday Cats showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.