Cats, the Musical, to Support Feline Adoption in Long Beach

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cats-mtw Animal care services pet adoptionMusical Theatre West is proud to announce its continued partnership with Long Beach Animal Care Services for its upcoming production of CATS at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.

Cat adoption is passion of Long Beach Animal Care Services, which serves the cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Seal Beach, Cerritos and Los Alamitos. Many shelter cats are available for adoption through Long Beach Animal Care Services. The patrons attending performances of CATS will be able to meet and greet representative from Long Beach Animal Care Services and purr-fectly adorable cats that are looking for a new home. Each year, Long Beach Animal Care Services provides food, water and hospitality for more than 11,500 animals. Funding comes partly through licenses and fees, but is also reliant on donations from individuals and businesses.

The vision of Animal Care Services is for Long Beach to become California’s safest large city for people and animals through a proactive strategy of community engagement and proactive enforcement activities. For more information about services, to make a donation or to adopt a pet, contact 562 570-7387 or 570-PETS or email animalcare@longbeach.gov.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” cats is set at the annual reunion of the Jellicle cats at the Jellicle Ball. The eldest of this special breed, Old Deuteronomy, seeks to select which of the many cats in the neighborhood will be reborn to begin another life. Potential candidates named Jennyanydots, Rum Tum Tugger and Bustopher Jones plead their case. Ultimately, it is Grizabella and her plea for a new life that wins the old cat over. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless melodies, including the hit song “Memory.”

The original production opened at the New London Theatre in the West End on May 11, 1981. CATS opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 7, 1982 and continued to live up to its motto of playing “Now and Forever,” running until its closing in September, 2000. On June 19, 1997 the show became the longest-running musical on Broadway.

CATS, which is based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by T.S. Elliot, Trevor Nunn, and Richard Stilgoe. MTW’s staging coincides with the show’s 30th anniversary.

The performance schedule for CATS is Thursdays and through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., with a 7 p.m. performance added on February 20th. Tickets start at $30, with last-row seating available at an additional discount. There is a $3 service charge per ticket. Prices are subject to change without notice. Group rates are available for 15 or more. Musical Theatre West performs at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center located at 6200 E. Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Tickets for CATS are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.musical.org or by phone at 562-856-1999 x4. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Musical Theatre West Box Office located at 4350 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

CATS is the second show of Musical Theatre West’s 2010-2011 Season and is made possible through the generous contributions of Associate Producers Len & Tommy Lovett, Jon and Amanda Hall and the Friends of Don Garman. Youth Outreach performances for CATS are made possible through the generous contributions of Sheldon and Shell Whitney Grossman and Larry and Shari Nemirow.

Musical Theatre West’s 2010-2011 Season Sponsors are the Ackerman Family/Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation and Ken and Dottie Reiner.

For more information on Musical Theatre West’s production of CATS, please visit www.musical.org.

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