It started with a poem collection for kids, by T.S. Eliot, entitled “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, which was released in 1939, during terrible times in Europe. In 1977, a 29-year-old musician by the name of Andrew Lloyd Webber startet melodizing some of those poems. Some three years later, the musical Cats would celebrate its world premiere at the New London Theatre. There, Cats would be performed a total of 9000 times (no typo here, nine thousand), until it was scrapped in 2002.
In New York City, Cats was performed almost 7500 times, at the Wintergarden Theater, until the new millennium was exactly eight months and 10 days old. In Hamburg, Germany, Cats stayed for a total of 15 years. The musical, performed at the Operettenhaus venue in the city’s red light district, was a tourist magnet there as well.
O.k., let’s move over to the central aspect here, since we don’t have all day. You guessed it, after reading the headline: Cats is coming to Sofia, for a total of … hold on to your hats! … for a total of two performances.
It is the first time the original production makes landfall in this nice city. “Kotki”, a Bulgarian version, was on at Sofia’s “Musikalen Teater” several times, but that is a different story, right? Let’s stay focused here.
On May 11th and 12th, 2017, Cats will be on stage at hall no. 1 of the National Palace of Culture (NDK). The event marks the 35th anniversary of the NDK, by the way.
A team of more than 100 (no typo either) dancers, actors, technicians, managers and other dudes will be coming to Sofia for this one. Seven trucks will drive all the way down here, transporting the decor, all the costumes and the caviar sandwiches needed.
It gets better: Tickets are already on sale, at eventim.bg. The prices? 65 to 155 Leva. Children under 6 go for free. Cat allergies are no excuse.