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‘Cats’ comes to Israel

Broadway’s second-longest-running show to be performed in Tel Aviv for first time

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

'Cats' cast at the Roma Musical Theater in Warsaw, 2007 (photo credit: Effie/CC BY-SA)
'Cats' cast at the Roma Musical Theater in Warsaw, 2007 (photo credit: Effie/CC BY-SA)

‘Cats,” one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best-loved musicals, is coming to Israel for the first time.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” about a tribe of cats called the Jellicles, the show opened in London in 1981, running for 21 years there and 18 on Broadway.

It is the second-longest-running show in Broadway history and the fourth-longest in West End history.

Now it is to be performed in Israel in November.

The Tony Award-winning musical has been performed 9,000 times in 26 countries.

It’s also being revived in London in December, with a hip-hop flavor.

Lloyd Webber recently told People Magazine he had tweaked parts of the show and was making the character of Rum Tum Tugger a rapping street cat.

It seems unlikely that the rap version of “Cats” will be performed in Israel.

The performances will be held at Tel Aviv’s Charles Bronfman Auditorium, November 5-10. Tickets start at NIS 200 and are available through Eventim.

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