Jellicle cats are celebrating at the Jellicle Ball, awaiting Old Deuteronomy's choice of which cat will be reborn into a new life. One by one, the cats step forward to introduce themselves, auditioning for the chance to take the journey to the Heaviside layer. A triumphant piece of musical theater, this song-and-dance spectacular has won 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Enchanting music, including the immortal "Memory" and fantastic choreography, make this the purr-fect show for the entire family! The creation of CATS came from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's affection for T.S. Eliot's book of poems, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Eliot's poems were originally created for his grandchildren and later made into a children's book. Webber wanted to challenge himself by creating music for lyrics that had been created by Eliot. He had always used the model of creating the music first and then had a lyricist put the lyrics to his music. The original concept of the show was that it was to be performed in concert form, until Valerie Eliot, T.S. Eliot's widow, presented Webber with "Grizabella the Glamour Cat." At that time, Webber knew that he needed to create a full fledged story to go along with the music and so he used Grizabella as a main character and created "Memory" with the help of lyricist Trevor Nunn. Webber has said, "My gratitude will be undying to Valerie Eliot without whose encouragement the musical could never have taken its present form."
CATS opened in the West End May 11, 1981 in London. It played a total of 8,949 performances running for 21 years to the day. It was surpassed as London's longest running musical in October 2006 by Les Misérables. CATS opened on Broadway in 1982 and ran for eighteen years with 7,485 performances. It was the longest running show on Broadway only to be surpassed in January 2006 by Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.
In honor of October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Candlelight Pavilion will be making donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Friday evenings, throughout the run of CATS, are deemed "Think Pink Fridays" where we are encouraging our patrons to wear pink in support of the cause. There will be a pink scavenger hunt on stage that all audience members will be able to participate in. The winner will receive a gift certificate to the theater. "Think Pink Fridays" will also have a "Think Pink Menu" with 10% of the proceeds going towards Susan G. Komen for the Cure. CATS t-shirts for men, women and children will be available throughout the run of the show, with 100% of the proceeds going to the organization.
The cast of CATS is also creating a CATS Calendar! Relive your CATS experience throughout the year and also support a great cause. 100% of the proceeds of Calendar Purchases will be going to the Inland Valley Humane Society, we can't forget about our furry friends!
The Candlelight Pavilion's production is the largest show the theater has seen, not only due to the size of the cast, but also due to the extensive training the cast has gone through to perfect the show including their work with costumes and make-up, which make this truly visual and exciting show come to life. With an amazing set provided by FCLO Music Theater, unbelievable talent from the cast and production team, and choreography and voices to match, this is the one show you will not want to miss!
CATS opens October 7th at the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater. Tickets are available by calling (909) 626-1254, ext 1. Regular ticket prices range from $48-$68 which includes both dinner and show. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more at even lower rates. The Candlelight Pavilion is proud to announce its flexible payment plans to all Season ticket holders; save 10% on season tickets when you book as few as four shows. For more information regarding the remainder of the 2011 season and information on the 2012 season line-up and ticketing, please visit us online at www.thecpdt.com
October 7th* through November 20th. Thursday-Saturday evenings at 6pm. Sunday evenings at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 11am.
WHERE: Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711. Parking is available surrounding the theater.
RESERVATIONS: (909)626-1254 ext. 1
ONLINE RESERVATIONS: www.candlelightpavilion.com
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