DORAVILLE, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Long before Hamilton became a worldwide phenomenon, an unusual musical based on a book of poems opened on Broadway and became an unprecedented sensation.
Now, nearly 40 years after it first took Broadway by storm, Cats is back and is bringing the “memories” to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
The musical first opened on Broadway in 1982 and became an immediate hit, winning seven Tony Awards and going on to become one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history – not to mention spawning the classic song “Memory.”
Cats and its songs will soon be back all over the airwaves thanks to an all-star film version set for release later this year; the cast includes Grammy winners Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift, along with James Corden, Ian McKellen, and Idris Elba.
But, before you head to the movie theatre to see the Jellicles, you can catch them here in Atlanta, thanks to the highly-acclaimed North American tour company.
And speaking of…we spent the morning at the Furkids Doraville Cat Shelter with a few of those company members, learning more about why Cats has become such an indelible part of pop culture and helping some real furry friends find forever homes!