There's no better time to be a theatre fan in Malaysia. After The Phantom of the Opera, yet another world-renowned musical is making its way to Istana Budaya next year so put your paws together for... Cats!
Malaysia is part of the Cats International Tour's Asian leg, which will also bring the cast to China, Singapore, and the Philippines.
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical premiered at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for a record-breaking 21 years and almost 9,000 performances.
Cats also held the record for longest-running Broadway show from 1997 to 2006 before it was surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera (which was also composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber).
The feline phenomenon will be staged for a strictly limited season from 16 January 2020 onwards. Fun fact: This marks the musical's second run in Malaysia, as Kuala Lumpur was part of its 2002 world tour.
Performance times are scheduled as follow: -
Tuesday to Friday: 8:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 2:00pm and 8:30pm
The musical is probably best-known for the poignant hit song Memory, which was originally performed onstage by Elaine Page:
The now-iconic song has also been covered and performed by over 150 artists including Barbra Streisand, Liberace, Barry Manilow, Nicole Scherzinger, and Leona Lewis.
Cats is also set to claw their way to the big screen in December 2019 in a feature film starring James Corden, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba, and Jason Derulo
Tickets, priced from RM250 to RM700 (excluding RM4 processing fee), can now be purchased via TicketCharge
Have you seen The Phantom at Istana Budaya yet? More info on The Phantom of the Opera's limited run here: