Musical Theatre West Presents Cats For 14 Performances Only

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CATS-LOGO Musical Theatre WestMusical Theatre West is proud to announce its upcoming production of CATS at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. CATS previews February 11 and runs February 12 through February 27, 2011.

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’s 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.

Dana Solimando directs and choreographs Musical Theatre West’s production of CATS with musical direction by Dennis Castellano.

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 after January 3rd by phone at 562-856-1999 x4. Tickets may also be purchased in person after January 3rd 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 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.

About Musical Theatre West

Now in its 58th season, Musical Theatre West is Southern California’s premier musical theatre company. Under the leadership of Executive Director/Producer Paul Garman, the company has garnered numerous awards and accolades for its work presenting the entire spectrum of musical comedy (including 21 Ovation Award nominations over the past three seasons and the Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in the Theatre).

Musical Theatre West performances are at the beautiful 1,070-seat Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Season Tickets are available now and can be purchased through the MTW Box Office at (562) 856-1999 x4 or online at www.musical.org. Single Ticket prices start at $30.00, with low-priced last row seating available.

Listings Information For “Cats”

Dates: February 11-27, 2011

Preview: Friday, February 11th at 8 p.m.

Opening Night: Saturday, February 12th at 8 p.m.

Theatre: Musical Theatre West at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center 6200 E. Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

Performance Schedule:

Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m. (Preview)
Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m. (Opening Night),
Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 17 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 20 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 24 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 26 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m.

Price Start at: $30 with last row seating availability for an additional discount All tickets are subject to a $3 service charge.

Tickets: Online: www.musical.org
Phone: 562-856-1999 x4 In Person: Musical Theatre West Box Office 4350 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 (Noon to 6 p.m. M-F)

Description: 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’s 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.”

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