Broadway is the street in New York that has come to symbolize live theater entertainment and musicals throughout the world.
By the 1830's America was exporting stars to Europe. The first notable American actor to make a successful tour was Edwin Forrest, who at nineteen, had played Iago to Edmond Kean's Othello.
In 1891, the first electric marquis was lit on Broadway. This first decade of the century also saw the construction of many theaters, most notably the New Amsterdam on 42nd Street in 1903, along with four others in that same year, that are still standing today.
Lloyd-Webbers long-lived Cats
Primitive man probably imitated animal sounds for both practical and religious reasons. More recently, the Baroque-era composer Heinrich Franz von Biber imitated one particular animal for COMIC effect
That music from Bibers Sonata Representing Animals, imitated what, in early 20th century slang, is simply the cats meow.
On todays date in 1981, Cats, a new musical by the British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber opened at the New London Theatre in that citys fashionable West End. Despite a bomb threat and brief evacuation of the theatre, the premiere of Cats was a great success. 8,949 performances later, on the same date in 2002, when the show finally closed, it had long since entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running musical to date.
In London, the show took in 136 million British pounds in ticket sales and was seen by over eight million people. Worldwide, Cats has taken in excess of 2 billion dollars and has been seen by over 50 million people.
Cats has been performed in 11 different languages in over 300 cities in 26 countries. Memory has had nearly 53,000 plays on radio and television in the UK alone, and airplays in the USA passed the 1 million mark in 1988 and 2 million in 1998.