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Jul 19 2019

Yes,No,Maybe So: "Cats"(and personal "Cats" histories)

by Nathaniel R

All longform discussions of the trailer toCatsmust be prefaced with one's own history with the Andrew Lloyd Webber megahit.It's the law.This is why no matter how insane the movie may appear,no matter how much it be instantly mocked on the internet,it will have (at least) a gigantic box office opening.The megamusical has been a phenomenon since 1981,grossing literally billions of dollars on stage,winning awards and selling millions of albums (back when people actually bought such things) with the hit song "Memory"being covered by hundreds upon hundreds of musicians thereafter.

Catswas my first Broadway touring show which I saw in Detroit (presumably at the Fox Theatre?) as a kid.My parents bought me the t-shirt and later for Christmas the Original Cast Recording.On my first ever trip to NYC in 1989 (?) it was then my first Broadway show.I know I know...I was once a typical tourist who saw somethinghe'd already seen*shakes head at self*while in New York when other surely better and newer things were playing.I was so obsessedCatsthat I learned "Memory"on the piano and named my next two kittens "Mistoffles"and "Rumpleteaser".How young and foolish and easily manipulated I was by splashy worldwide sensations as a child.And yet from the 1990s onward I've barely thought of it but for whenever discussions of a possible movie version would come up,most notably all the joking inSix Degrees of Separation(1993).

Okay that'smyhistory.You must share yours (it's the law) and sinceCatsis such an event brand,we must do theYes No Maybe So™breakdown after the jump in real time screencaps rather than trifurcating with our yes,no maybe so headings.Ready?

To quote Judi Dench as "Old Deuteronomy"...

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