When: Oct. 8-13 2013
T.S. Eliot was many things, but a pop culture phenomenon? His work inspired one of the world's most beloved musicals, which still stands as the second-longest-running show on Broadway. CATS ended its 18-year run in 2000, and the rights to the show only recently became available for professional productions. Stepping happily into the breach, North Carolina Theatre is mounting a weeklong production at Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center complex.
The musical, based on Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, tells the story of a tribe of felines as they gather for their annual junkyard ball. The NC Theatre production will include Ken Prymus as Old Deuteronomy, the role he played for more than seven years on Broadway. The show also features some local talent, including Jen Shrader in the role of Grizzabela, and NC Theatre will use the Broadway production's original set design. Fans of Broadway classics, and anyone who has ever hummed along to "Memory," are sure to appreciate this regional theater's rendition. —Mary Alta Feddeman