With original direction by Trevor Nunn and choreography by Gillian Lynne this is the Cats credited with the British invasion of Broadway, and the only production in North America sanctioned by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now in its 27th year, the national tour of Cats is the longest continuously touring Broadway musical in history. 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. The production played 21 years in London's West End and 18 years on Broadway.