One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history is coming to wow Dubai’s families at Dubai Opera, in 2017. CATS the Musical, which is an adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, will be live in the UAE for ten days from Monday January 16 to Wednesday 25 and performed by Broadway
“I remember visiting Dubai 15 years ago, in 2001, to explore the possibility of presenting this wonderful show and now this dream has become reality,” said Liz Koops, CEO of Broadway Entertainment Group in London. “CATS is one of the most successful musicals of all time, as it has that special air of magic which everyone should experience.”
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the family-friendly, classic musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and of each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer”. The much-loved fantasy drama also has one of the most popular musical scores in history and has been seen by
more than 73 million people worldwide.
Aside from a thunder of applause from a global audience, CATS has received many accolades, including seven Tony Awards and two Grammys. It also had its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for almost 9,000 shows. It 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 gangs from West Side Story. We’re in!
From Dhs275. January 16-25. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.
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Ballet for life
This ballet stars costumes by Versace and is based on the life of Freddie Mercury.
From Dhs250. Oct 21, Dubai Opera. www.dubaiopera.com.
Voces, Suite Falmenca
Spain’s popular flamenco star, Sara Baras, is bringing passion to the stage.
From Dhs250. Oct 13-14, Dubai Opera. www.dubaiopera.com.
Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, this epic musical is now extended by a week.
From Dhs275. Nov 10-Dec 2. Dubai Opera. www.dubaiopera.com.
Italian opera gala
This live opera narrates the dramatic romance between Verdi and Puccini.
From Dhs175. Nov 10. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).