Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay and… Andrew Lloyd Webber? Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena has seen plenty of pop stars in its day, but on March 24, it’ll play home to a one-night-only performance of Webber’s seminal feline musical Cats.
The production commemorates the 25th anniversary of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, which has employed 30 schools to each bring 100 students each to participate in the massive indoor arena production.
This version of Cats will include 3,000 young performers between the ages of 7-18 who will travel from across England to Birmingham for the show. A virtual choir will also take part in the show, featuring talent from 10 countries. Cats alum Amanda Sim is on board to direct.
Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the infamous musical tells the story of a tribe of Jellicle cats who assemble on an important evening to make a life-changing choice for one of their own. The show remains the second longest-running show in Broadway history, and the fourth longest in the West End.
Watch the musical's opening number below!