March 28, 2013

'Cats' was '80s most iconic musical, reinvigorated Broadway

'Cats' – the 1980s' most iconic musical – is also the show that helped Broadway to reinvent the form.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Unique for many reasons, “Cats” also stands apart in that there is no script – it’s based on T.S. Eliot poems set to music.

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Clark has acted in "Cats" twice. It was an incredibly hard show to do because of its physical demands.

"I could eat anything I wanted all day every day and then have another helping, and it didn't affect me at all," he said. "People call it the 'Cats' diet. You can eat whatever you want."

All of which raises the question: Is it a good show?

It was certainly good for Broadway, and it employed a lot of people for a long time, Allen said. He loved it when he saw it in 1982 in New York.

"I had fun. It was a great night," he said. "It's just an entertainment that focuses on music and dance."

Clark loves what it has become, though he might not have felt that way back in the day.

"If someone had come to me in the late '70s and said, 'I've got this idea: I'm going to turn these poems into songs and we're going to have everybody dress as cats and there's no story to go along with it' You would have gotten laughed out of the room. There is no way I would have invested in such a dumb idea.

"And I would have been wrong."

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or:

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