Cats in Boston Details
Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939), many of the songs are Eliot’s verse set to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music. This includes a few previously unpublished pieces given to Webber by Eliot’s widow. The biggest exception to that is of course the show’s most famous song, “Memory”. One of the most original concepts among Broadway shows, Cats completely changed the face of Broadway in the early 1980s and reignited the public’s love for stage shows. 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. Breaking away from traditional choreography, Cats is a masterpiece of technical moves performed by gifted dancers who can also sing. It’s no wonder Cats has been going strong and breaking records for almost forty years. Cats leaped onto the stage in Boston for the first time in 1987.
Originally called the Boston Opera House, Citizens Bank Opera House opened in 1928 and seats up to 2,600. Like many of the theatres built during the 1920, the Citizens Bank Opera house was a movie palace that hosted films and live vaudeville acts. The gorgeous creation of architect Thomas W. Lamb was the leading Boston movie venue through the 1950s. In 1999, the theatre received landmark status with the help of Senator Edward Kennedy and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Closed down from 1990 to 2004, the theatre was carefully restored to its original splendor with $38 million of renovations. The Citizens Bank Opera House celebrated its triumphant return as a premier venue by opening with The Lion King in July of 2004. Since then, the theatre has played host to countless stage shows, ballets, concerts and operas.
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 nearly four 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 Boston?
Tickets to see Cats in Boston are around $90 per person.
Cats in Boston dates
Cats comes to Boston for a limited engagement from January 7 to January 19, 2020. With a few exceptions, shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. As with any live show, times and days are subject to change so be sure to check the schedule when booking your tickets.