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article imageCats and Evita revived for the London stage

By Tim Sandle     Jul 20, 2014 in Entertainment
London - The Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals Cats and Evita are both returning to the West End of London, it was announced on Friday The pair are returning for limited seasons.
The popular musicals join another Lloyd Weber production, Phantom of the Opera, still running at Her Majesty's Theater. They also follow a short run of Tell Me on a Sunday at the Duchess Theater.
Evita will run for seven weeks at the Dominion theater, while Cats will open in December for a 12-week run at the London Palladium.
Evita, written with Tim Rice, will open on 16 September with Marti Pellow playing Che and Madalena Alberto in the title role. It features some of musical theater's most memorable songs such as "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "On This Night of a Thousand Stars" and "Oh What a Circus." The musical concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death.
Cats, based on TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, opens in December. The show's stand out song, "Memory," has been recorded, incredibly, by more than 150 artists including Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis. The show, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, first opened at the New London theater in 1981 where it ran for 21 years.
The Cats production will be slightly different from the versions of the past. Andrew Lloyd Webber has said the he will be rewriting a number of songs from the musical. Speaking on the revival, Lloyd Webber said: "we wanted to do Cats again ourselves, then the Palladium came up and Trevor fell in love with it. We’re taking the Cats show that’s touring and working on it afresh."
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