Alain Resnais and Jacques Sternberg say –
This si of curse quite a long way from CATS
a sung-through musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. It tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make the “Jellicle choice”, deciding which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. The musical includes the well-known song “Memory” as sung by Grizabella. As of 2019, Cats remains the fourth-longest-running Broadway show and the sixth-longest-running West End show
What this travesty consists of is actors traipsing about in costumes that supposedly resemble cats but actually look like fetish outfits that so-called “Furries” fancy for having sex.
That was from the film version of “Six Degrees of Separation,” John Guare’s play about a gay grafter who tried to pass himself off as Sidney Poitier’s son, and was quite successful with the unwary. Andy Warhol, by contrast, tossed him out of the Factory the moment he showed up. Fascinatingly Ian McKellen is actually in the film version of “Cats” Tom Hooper has confected.
Let Bryan Batt as “Darius” in Paul Rudnick’s “Jeffrey” dive deeper into this furball.
Believe it or not there was an earlier iteration of “Cats’ based on Don Marquis’ “Archy and Mehitabel.” The tale of a literary-minded cockroach and his best friend an alley cat. It was turned into a Musical called Shinbone Alley
Equipped with a Book by Joe Danon and Mel Brooks, Music George Kleinsing, and lyrics Joe Danon, it starred Eddie Mayhoff and Eartha Kitt — who shall sing us out with her big number in the show.
Beats “Midnight and the Kitties are Sleeping” all to hell, no?