Tonight, CATS closes in London on its 21st birthday. The show opened at the New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and became a world-wide hit. Amazingly, nobody wanted to invest in it. Andrew Lloyd Webber got together 1/4 of the amount needed from over 6,000 private investors, mortgaged his house for 1/4, and got the theatre to allow him to pay the remaining 1/2 later.
The show has been performed in 26 countries and in 14 languages. My own CD collection includes English, German (Germany & Austria), Japanese, Hugarian, Dutch, French, Spanish (the coveted Mexican CD), and the extremely rare Norwegian CD.
The song “Memory” has been recorded over 150 times by damn near everybody.
Anyone else want to share some CATS memories.