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Phantom and Cats

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This page is dedicated to two of Andrew's musicals.CATS and Phantom of the Opera.

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CATS
 

Since CATS first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world's best known and best loved musicals.

Cats has been translated into ten languages: Japanese, German, (three versions for Germany , Austria and Switzerland), Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, French, Spanish (two versions for Mexico and Argentina) and Italian. The Swiss production required a bilingual cast who performed in German and English on alternate nights. The title of the show has rarely been translated, The Mexican producers did a survey as to whether the Mexican audience would like their production to be called Gatos - the response in favour of keeping the English original was unanimous.

The show has not only been presented in theatres, but also in tents in Japan and Korea , an engine shed in Switzerland , and school gymnasiums across the USA .

While most productions replicate the original show as closely as possible, there have been exceptions to this rule, most notably, the Norwegian production which placed the action in an attic, the Swedish production which placed it on the rooftops and the Finnish production whose setting is best described as "futuristic".

The awards that Cats has won include: the 1981 Laurence Olivier award for Musical of the Year, the Evening Standard award for Best Musical and seven 1982/83 Tony awards including Best Musical, the much-coveted Molière Prize for Best Musical in France, seven out of ten Dora Mavor Moore awards including Best Musical in Canada and seven awards in Japan.

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Phantom of the Opera
 

Based on the novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe

The musical opened at Her Majesty's Theatre on 9 October 1986 with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the leading roles and there have been sixteen productions world-wide since then.

The Phantom of the Opera is the jewel in the crown of the
Really Useful Group's copyrights. In London there has never been a seat unsold, and the musical has achieved in excess of 99% of potential capacity wherever it has been presented. It has been seen in 119 cities in 24 countries and played to over 80 million people. The box office gross world-wide stands at over £1.7billion - the box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including “Titanic”, “ET” and “Star Wars”.
Awards include the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical and seven Tony Awards.

As well as the London and New York productions The Phantom of the Opera continues to play in many major cities around the world (see the
Buy Tickets section for more information on current venues)

A movie version of The Phantom of the Opera was filmed in 2004 and released worldwide in 2005. This is now available to buy on DVD.

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~~Memory...all alone in the moonlight...~~