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Transcript of CATS
Victoria the White Cat
Styles of Shots/Edits
Medium shots at first that cut to closeup to capture expressions
Types of Dance
Based on T.S. Eliot's book
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
, a book Webber's mother used to read to him as a kid
"Andrew Lloyd Webber Trevor Nunn Gillian Lynne I Interview 2014." YouTube. 9 July 2014. Web. 5 Nov. 2014.
No real plot, focused more around the singing and dancing of the cats.
Tells the story of "the Jellicle Choice", in which one of the cats will be selected to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and return to a new life.
This can be related to Grizabella's famous song "Memory", which details her once glorious past and her desire to begin a new life.
Prevalent theme of renewal and rebirth, and the ability to travel to the afterlife in order to start over.
"Having observed that cats are at once aloof, hypersensual, cold, warm, completely elastic and very mysterious, we found the goals we set ourselves to be physically daunting in the attempt to translate T. S. Eliot's words in an exciting, theatrical, witty, yet feline way."
- Gillian Lynne -
"The Choreographing of Cats", CATS: The Book of the Musical (1983), Gillian Lynne.
1981 Laurence Olivier Award
Best New Musical
Outstanding Achievement in a Musical (Gillian Lynne)
1983 Tony Award (10 Nominations/ 7 awards)
Best Book of a Musical (T. S. Eliot)
Best Original Score (Andrew Lloyd Webber and T. S. Eliot)
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Betty Buckley)
Best Direction of a Musical (Trevor Nunn)
Best Costume Design (John Napier)
Best Lighting Design (David Hersey)
Since its opening, Cats has been presented in over 20 countries and in about 250 cities.
On October 1, 1991, CATS became the longest, continuously touring show in American theatre history.
On 19 June 1997 the show became the longest running musical on Broadway.
Cutaways to Grizabella (the "Glamour Cat") as she shys away from the ball
Crane/Wide shots of all dancers, followed by medium shots; visually appealing
Match action cuts (the "butt shake cut") 0:48-0:51, 0:56-0:58
Varying angles from L/R of the performers, imitates the look of a staged musical
The Jellicle Ball
The Really Useful Group Limited 2014. Web. <http://www.catsthemusical.com/the-show/cats-facts/>.
Peter and the Wolf
"The Cats at the Jellicle Ball." YouTube. 17 Dec. 2008. Web. 5 Nov. 2014.
Walsh, Michael. "Jellicles Can and Jellicles Do." Andrew Lloyd Webber: His Life and Works. New York: Harry N. Adams, 1989. 115-142. Print.
• During pre-production, Webber met frequently with Eliot's widow about this book
• Director Trevor Nunn was skeptical at first, but later on remembered studying the book in college and realized the show can also appeal to adults.