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“Cats” fills Seattle’s Paramount this week with great ensemble singing and dancing, and plenty of pyrotechnics

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer from "Cats." Photo: Joan Marcus.

Bursting back into the glamorous Seattle Paramount Theater this week is “Cats,” the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on T.S. Eliot’s “Book of Practical Cats.” Touted as the original production, this “Cats” makes a splash largely due to its excellent ensemble singing and dancing, as well as some laugh-out-loud highlights – despite a whole lot of unnecessary pyrotechnics.

As everyone discovered when this musical hit the London (then New York) stage and changed musical theater forever, “Cats” relies on atmosphere rather than plot – and this production well and truly delivers. With the original set and costume design by John Napier, the larger-than-life garbage pile and fuzzed-up cat faces from sleek Siamese to mangy cur are kicked up a notch by some brilliant make-up, which you get to see up close as the cats (sorry, that would be ‘cast’) dart into the audience, hissing in faces to great effect at the start. Read more »


“Cats” comes to Seattle’s Paramount beginning April 17, with cast Meet-and-Greet at Woodland Park Zoo

The cast of "Cats." Photo: Joan Marcus.

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. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: CinemaGig, “Cats” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Sendak art at the Puyallup Library and Harold Balazs at Museum of Northwest Art

CinemaGig in Gig Harbor

Watch movies for free under the stars in Gig Harbor with Cinema Gig on Fridays at Donkey Creek Park and Saturday nights at Skansie Park through summer. This Friday it’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” with “Despicable Me” on Saturday. Begins at dusk. Free. Donkey Creek Park, 8714 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor/Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 HarborviewDr., Gig Harbor. 253-857-4842, www.gigharborguide.co

“Cats” comes to Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer and all the other Jellicle cats come out to play on the stage at Tacoma Musical Playhouse in a production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic musical “Cats,” based

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