January 20, 2011
Packed house sees awe inspiring national tour of CATS
Recognized as one of America’s most loved family musicals, the
national tour of CATS gave a magical performance Wednesday night in Cowley
College’s Robert Brown Theatre.
“Wow what a night!” said Shannon Massey, Cowley College’s executive director of alumni and development.
Those words were echoed by many of those in attendance, who were treated to watching one of the most popular shows on Broadway.
Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS won seven 1983 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Lighting and Best Costumes.
Produced by CATS-Eye, LLC, the national tour of CATS is the only production in North America sanctioned by Andrew Lloyd Webber. With original direction by Trevor Nunn and choreography by Gillian Lynne this is the CATS credited with the British invasion of Broadway. The national tour of CATS is closing in on its 30th anniversary, holding its place as the longest continuously touring Broadway musical in history.
“This is the biggest show we’ve done at Cowley, and it took a lot of work,” Massey said. “I want to thank Scott MacLaughlin and Jamison Rhoads. They worked so hard getting prepared for this. Our maintenance, custodial and grounds crews are awesome. They always step up and help in so many ways.”
Along with Cowley’s employees that helped with the event, there were around 40 students that spent the day loading, unloading and helping to set up the stage. Quality Water also helped by donating water coolers and water for the performers.
Massey also praised the community’s support in helping to sell
out the performance, and singled out Sue Yoachim and Robin Graves for
their efforts in helping to sell the tickets.
The hard work paid off as the evening was a memorable one. “I sure hope everyone enjoyed the evening,” Massey said.