O ne of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history is coming to wow the Gulf, just an hour’s flight away for us, at Dubai Opera, in 2017. CATS the Musical, which is an adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, will be live in the UAE for ten days from Monday January 16 to Wednesday 25 and performed by Broadway Entertainment Group.
“I remember visiting Dubai 15 years ago, in 2001, to explore the possibility of presenting this wonderful show and now this dream has become reality,” says Liz Koops, CEO of Broadway Entertainment Group in London. “CATS is one of the most successful musicals of all time, as it has that special air of magic which everyone should experience.”
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the family-friendly, classic musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and of each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer”. The much-loved fantasy drama also has one of the most popular musical scores, which has been heard by more than 73 million people around the world.
Aside from a thunder of applause from a global audience, CATS has received many accolades, including seven Tony Awards and two Grammys. It also had its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for almost 9,000 shows. Then, it returned to the West End in 2014, reuniting the original creative team: director Trevor Nunn, choreographer Gillian Lynne, and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Dubai Opera will also play host to another popular musical in February 2017, as it’ll welcome the finger-snapping gangs from West Side Story. Weekend break, anyone?
From BD28. January 16-25. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.