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15May/20

THE SHOWS MUST GO ON! CATS! (with live commentary by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Who: Andrew Lloyd Webber
What: Weekend stream of Cats! with live audio commentary from Andrew Lloyd Webber, benefiting the Actors Fund
Where: “The Shows Must Go On!”
When: Friday, May 15, free (donations accepted), 2:00
Why: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Composer in Isolation” series, consisting of short videos of the maestro playing his piano at home, joins forces with “The Shows Must Go On!,” the YouTube channel that has been streaming archival clips from such Webber works as Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat, Love Never Dies, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Phantom of the Opera, for a special weekend presentation of Cats! — no, not the recent disaster of a movie but the 1998 film of the stage production — and as a bonus Webber will be providing live commentary. Webber decided to do it after his beloved cat, Mika, was killed on the road earlier this week. “There’s an awful lot I’d love to say, and an awful lot of secrets I kind of feel I want to really let out of the bag,” Webber said in a video announcement you can watch above. The film was directed by David Mallet and features John Mills as Gus, Elaine Paige as Grizabella, Ken Page as Old Deuteronomy, and Susan Jane Tanner as Jellylorum. The program, which kicks off May 15 at 2:00 and continues through Sunday afternoon, is a benefit for the Actors Fund. You can send questions to Sir Andrew via Twitter using #ALWCats.

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