With each new Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats comes the question of what the iconic song "Memory" will sound like. In the case of Broadway vet Mamie Parris, who recently took over the role, the answer is destined to give us goose bumps. The production has released new footage of Parris as the cat of faded glamour, whose big eleven o'clock number will have viewers giving a standing ovation to their computer screens (especially when she hits the high note). Check it out below:
The musical's original West End and Broadway director Trevor Nunn helms this new revival, with choreography by Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne, and with associate direction by Lynne. The creative team for the new Broadway production includes sound design by Mick Potter, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and scenic and costume design by John Napier. The new Broadway revival celebrated its opening night on July 31 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the original Broadway production of Cats opened in 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre. The production ran for a record-breaking 18 years and 7,485 performances and earned six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score.
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