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‘CATS’ coming to Reno for five shows

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. "CATS" will celebrate its 25th anniversary during five performances in March at the Pioneer Center in Reno.

“CATS,” the show that revolutionized musical theater, will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno with five performances. Performances are scheduled March 17 at 8 p.m., March 18 at 2 and 8 p.m., and March 19 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 30 and can be purchased online at pioneercenter.com and at the Pioneer Center box office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or through Charge-By-Phone at (877) 840-0457. Groups of 20 or more can call (775) 686-6610 for special discounts. Tickets are $35 to $70 and prices are subject to service charges.

Before “Phantom of the Opera,” “CATS” exploded onto the stage as the first megamusical. On May 11, 1981, “CATS” opened at the New London Theater in the West End, becoming the longest running musical in the history of British theater. In 1982, “CATS” opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City and became the longest running musical in Broadway history in 1997. “CATS” ended its 18-year run Sept. 10, 2000.

Who says cats only have nine lives? In October of 1991, “CATS” became the longest continuously touring show in American theater history.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “CATS” has won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Lighting and Best Costumes. Now that it has been seen by millions of audience members worldwide, it is time to celebrate with the whole family the magic, the mystery, the wonder of “CATS.”

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