Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer, Macavity, Old Deuteronomy and all the rest of show-biz’ favorite felines are back in town next week with a run of “Cats” at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre from April 17-22. The 1981 musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “Book of Practical Cats” poetry became one of the longest running-shows in Broadway history – and this incarnation goes back to the original, with the inclusion of the psychic twin cats Coricopat and Tantomile. You can also meet the cast along with the real big cats next Thursday at the Woodland Park Zoo.
Just in case you’ve been missing the “Cats” boat for the last 30 years, read this: “Cats” doesn’t actually have a plot. It’s a loose collection of cameo roles of individual street cats in London, each with their own song, dance and character. Set usually to a backdrop of giant-sized trash cans and fish bones, the musical saunters, prowls and chimes its endearing way through the lives of these cats, who bear remarkable resemblance to stock human characters found in T.S. Eliot’s England: the old-boy club goer, the tattered theater has-been, the mumbling geriatric, the thief, the mastermind criminal and of course the aging diva Grisabella, whom everyone knows from her hit song “Memory.” The show won seven Tony awards and has been one of Broadway’s most popular ever.
You can meet the actors playing all these roles alongside real big cats at the Woodland Park Zoo next Thursday, April 19 from 3-4 p.m.
“Cats” runs 7:30 p.m. April 17,18,19; 8 p.m. April 20, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 21 and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. April 22. $20-$75. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org
The Woodland Park Zoo is open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through April 30, then 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. $11.75/$8.50. Parking $5.25. 206-548-2500, zoo.org