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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

2022-09-22 18:30:00 2022-09-22 19:30:00 America/New_York Page to Stage Book Club Northeast Neighborhood Library - Meeting Room 2 - Mezzanine (5-25 Person Capacity)

Thursday, September 22
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2022-09-22 18:30:00 2022-09-22 19:30:00 America/New_York Page to Stage Book Club Read and discuss the books that inspired Broadway musicals, enriching understanding and enjoyment of both! Northeast Neighborhood Library - Meeting Room 2 - Mezzanine (5-25 Person Capacity)

Northeast Neighborhood Library

Meeting Room 2 - Mezzanine (5-25 Person Capacity)

Read and discuss the books that inspired Broadway musicals, enriching understanding and enjoyment of both!

We typically meet the fourth Thursday of the month at the Northeast Neighborhood Library at 6:30pm in the Mezzanine Conference Room. Please click "Register" or email Jeff at jeffrey.gluckman@dc.gov to sign up. 

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939) is a collection of light poetry by T.S. Eliot about whimsical cats that he wrote in the 1930s originally as letters to godchildren under the assumed name "Old Possum." They became the inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Weber's hit musical "Cats," originally premiering in London in 1981 and Broadway in 1982. It won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score (Andrew Lloyd Weber), and Best Performance by a Female Actress (Betty Buckley as Grizabella), among others.  

"Cats" was the longest running production on Broadway until its record was overtaken by "Phantom of the Opera" in 2006 (which is still the longest running production). After a brief revival in 2016-2017, a film adaptation of "Cats" was infamously released in December 2019 to scathing critical and audience reviews at a substantial financial loss. 

Copies of the book will be available to check out from the Northeast Neighborhood Library. To reserve your own copy, please check the catalog

For more supplementary material:

  • Watch the 2019 Cats film on DVD.
  • Listen to the Original Broadway cast album on Spotify. 
  • Engage with a 1982 BBC interview with Andrew Lloyd Weber talking about and playing music from "Cats."

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Club |

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