The CATS Abridged Edition has been developed with junior groups and schools in mind and is available to groups with a performing age of 14 and under. The Abridged Edition backing track is approximately 75 minutes in length and has been developed with younger Jellicles in mind. The CDs provide the flexibility to edit the show to a suitable length for the performance age group and aid the learning and rehearsal process.
Based on the universally popular poetry of T. S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS' London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years.
* * Please note that the licence granted is for ‘non-replica’ rights. This means you are not permitted to reproduce any elements of the directions, choreography, designs or other creative elements of the original 1981 London production of the Play or video production or any previous professional production of the Play except for the music and the lyrics. You are permitted to set your production in a rubbish dump, however it must be your own design of a dump but you are not obliged to set CATS in a rubbish dump. For example, it could be anywhere that CATS hang out – an alleyway, rooftops, etc. etc.