The creator of hit musicals including "Evita" and "Jesus
Christ Superstar", announced plans this week to revive "Cats",
his 1981 show based on poet T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of
Practical Cats", for a 12-week run beginning on Dec. 6.
"I think it's just a great opportunity for us to get a second
edition ... with this show I think it would be great just to
have a go at it again and give it a bit of a rethink," he said
at a launch event held in a London theater on Monday.
Lloyd Webber said he would also consider bringing back some of
his other hits, such as "Phantom of the Opera" and "Starlight
Express", and that movie versions were a possibility.
"Yes I think it's very possible that I might have a look at one
or two of my shows," Lloyd Webber said.
"And of course, the other thing that's happening is them being
made into movies ... There is considerable talk at last about
"Cats" being made into a movie so it gives me a chance to think
about the material and how that can happen."
Lloyd-Webber's more recent musicals have not enjoyed the success
of his earlier efforts. His most recent foray into the West End
was "Stephen Ward", about the 1961 British politics-and-sex
scandal known as The Profumo Affair which arose from a sexual
liaison between the then Secretary of War, John Profumo, and
aspiring model Christine Keeler.
The production opened in December 2013 but struggled at the box
office and had its final performance at the end of March.
(In paragraph 2, this story corrects to say .. 12-week run
..not.. two-week run)
(Writing by Michael Roddy; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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