'Cats,' the musical nobody asked for, claws its way through Detroit's Fisher Theatre

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click to enlarge 'Cats,' the musical nobody asked for, claws its way through Detroit's Fisher Theatre
Matthew Murphy

At some point in history, someone (cough, cough Andrew Lloyd Webber) thought that a 2 hour and 20 minute musical about feral cats was a good idea. And, oddly enough, he was apparently on to something. Against all odds, Cats the musical has survived well past its nine lives.

Thirty-eight years after the award-winning, record-breaking Cats debuted in London to what we can only imagine was a very confused audience, it’s remained pick of the Broadway litter. This year marks (not with urine) a particularly big year for Cats, which is getting the big-screen treatment with its star-studded adaptation starring Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, and Judi Dench as human-shaped, cat-sized CG felines. OK — so based on the trailer, Cats looks like a cross between an Animorphs book cover and what happens if we were to actually storm Area 51. One thing appears to be true: Nothing beats the original.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Friday, Saturday, 2 & 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 & 6:30 p.m.; 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets start at $35.


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