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Monday, June 30, 2014

London: Musical Nostalgia

New musicals have a difficult time. That opens possibilities and theaters for remakes. Two Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Cats and Evita, are returning to the West End of London. 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 theatre's most memorable songs such as Don't Cry for Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars and Oh What a Circus. 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, Johnny Mathis and Angelika Milster. The show, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, first opened at the New London theatre in 1981 where it ran for 21 years. The nostalgic returns follow the blazing success of Miss Saigon, which Cameron Mackintosh brought back to the west end after a 25 year gap.

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