If you’re familiar with the internationally known musical CATS, you’ll understand why its Dubai premiere has been met by overwhelming demand from the public.
So much love and anticipation in fact, that organizers have decided to add extra dates, from January 26-28, rather than keeping the previous show finale date of January 25.
That means that CATS The Musical will now run in Dubai Opera from January 16 to 28.
Early sell-outs of several performances and ongoing demand for more tickets are said to be the main reasons for the extended dates.
Cats is one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway.
The production is an adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and it will make its Dubai debut in the new year, before embarking on an international tour.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the people of the UAE to see one of the most successful shows of all time, without having to travel to London or New York,” said Liz Koops, CEO of Broadway Entertainment Group. “We love the fact that this spectacular musical will play at Dubai Opera and is suitable for the entire family to enjoy.”
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the classic musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer”. The fantasy drama has one of the most popular musical scores in history, and has been seen by more than 73 million people worldwide.
CATS has bagged many accolades, including seven Tony Awards and two Grammys since its premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for almost 9,000 shows. It then returned to the West End in 2014, reuniting the original creative team; director Trevor Nunn, choreographer Gillian Lynne and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Dubai Opera will also play host to another popular musical in February 2017, when it welcomes the finger-snapping of the gangs from West Side Story. We’ll see you there.
Tickets available on ticketmaster.ae and dubaiopera.com, priced from Dhs275