Faber Music x Downtown

We are excited to announce our publishing administration agreement with Faber Music, which represents the lyrical composition of the musical and soon-to-be feature film Cats. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the lyrics are based on the poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.

A Tom Hooper-directed feature film adaptation of the sung-through musical is currently in production featuring an all-star cast that includes Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Judi Dench, and more, and is set to be released in December 2019.

An eclectic blend of genres and styles, Cats the musical has received multiple awards including seven Tonys including Best Musical and Best Original Score for its original Broadway production and two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in a Musical for its seminal run on London’s West End. It also earned T.S. a posthumous Tony for Best Book of a Musical, as the lyrics are directly recited from his original text.

Both productions broke records, as well. Premiering at the New London Theatre in 1981 and the Winter Garden Theatre in New York a year later, the original British production ran for 21 years, ending in 2002, while the American run lasted until 2000 — making it the longest running show in both countries’ histories until 2006. Today, it remains the fourth-longest-running musical in Broadway history, and the West End’s sixth.

Cats has since been revived on Broadway and the West End sporadically, including a 2014 West End production featuring Nicole Scherzinger as “The Glamour Cat” Grizabella. One of the most globally impactful musicals, it has been translated in over 20 languages with major productions in countries around the world — including the Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s at Australia’s Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in 2014, which featured a record-breaking cast of 700 performers. A 1981 cast recording of Cats was also released — and Andrew produced a direct-to-video Cats film based on its stage show in 1998, which simulated the live experience.

Read the full story at Variety and Music Business Worldwide.

Photo: London/Palladium cast 2014/2015 | castcatsthemusical.com