CATS November 20 – 23, 2014
Music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based upon T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possom’s Book of Practical Cats
Theirs’ is the world of shadows, of back alleys, and of myths. Theirs’ is the world of mystery. Theirs’ is the world of the CATS!
Mesmerizing movements and daring stunts like Lubbock has never seen before! Experience the magic that has stunned and intrigued audiences and made CATS the second longest-running show in Broadway history! An electrifying musical tale, genres range from classical to pop, music hall, jazz, rock, and electro-acoustic.
In November, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals will once again bring professional theatre with a local flavor to Lubbock audiences with a new production of the musical CATS by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical will be presented in its original form—completely staged and costumed—continuing a new era of cooperation and collaboration among Lubbock arts groups and artists. The cast of CATS will be headlined by Ken Page, again filling his former Broadway role of “Old Deuteronomy”; Todrick Hall, an American Idol semi-finalist; Jeff M. Smith, a Lubbock Moonlight Musicals alumni and Texas Tech graduate, who recently completed a national tour of the musical West Wide Story in the leading role of Tony; and stunning mezzo-soprano, Ann Marie Nichols in the role of Grizabella, the cat who sings the beloved ballad Memories.
Enter the world of alleys and shadows where a complex society exists among feline phantoms. Initially veiled from human eyes, we hear only the haunting whisper of CATS! The plot centers upon the Jellicle Ball, an annual event when the Jellicle Cats assemble to rejoice and choose which of them will journey to the Heaviside layer (heaven). This celebration is led by Old Deuteronomy, a wise, fatherly cat, who acts as the patriarch and guardian of all Jellical Cats. After overcoming the imposition of having an audience for their ball, the cats are introduced by Munkustrap, a grey tabby cat who acts as narrator and aide to Old Deuteronomy. As the cats are individually introduced, they audition to be chosen as the cat who journeys to the Heaviside layer. First is Jennyanydots (leading a troop of tap dancers); then comes Rum Tum Tugger, an extremely attractive prankster who enjoys being the center of attention (think Elvis); next is Grizabella, an older cat who once was glamorous and now has only “Memories”; and so the introductions continue…. After a skit where the cats dress up as feuding dogs; a bit of trouble with the villainous Macavity, which leads to a massive cat fight; magic by Mr. Mistoffelees; and many stunning dance sequences; the Jellical Ball is concluded with a final ballad by Old Deuteronomy as he announces the Jellical Choice.
Purchase your tickets now for this stellar production! Select-A-Seat: 806.770.2000 or www.selectaseatlubbock.com.
Mary Poppins May 7-10, 2015
Add a “spoonful-of-sugar” to your Mothers’ Day weekend when everyone’s favorite “practically perfect” nanny takes the stage in Lubbock Moonlight Musicals’ production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins”! Following in the footsteps of “Les Miserables” and “CATS”, this heart-warming musical adventure will be presented as a Moonlight Broadway production on May 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM, as well as a matinee performance on May 10 at 2:00 PM. Performances will be held at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre.
“Mary Poppins” is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, aerial acrobatics, and breathtaking dance numbers. Based on a series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and featuring music from the popular 1964 Disney film, the show begins when jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England of 1910 and the flustered family of George and Winifred Banks. Naughty children Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins whisks onto their doorstep. Mixing a combination of magic and common sense, Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures. But Jane and Michael aren’t Mary’s only pupils as she proves that even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who professes “Anything can happen if you let it.”
Don’t miss this cheerful and timeless musical production! “Step in time” across the rooftops of London and purchase your tickets now! Bookings available through Select-A-Seat at 806.770.2000, online at www.SelectASeatLubbock.com, or at any Lubbock Select-A-Seat locations.
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684. www.MTIShows.com
“Mary Poppins” is a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.