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9 Fascinating Facts About CATS the Musical

Cats the Musical comes to Hershey Theatre August 20-25

The record-breaking musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “CATS,” comes to Hershey Theatre for eight performances. If you’re thinking about or planning on coming to the show, make sure to brush up on your knowledge of the show and it’s history.

  1. The musical is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, published in 1939.

  2. Coming in just behind “The Lion King,” “CATS” is the fourth longest-running Broadway show.

  3. The original Broadway production used yak hair for wigs… more than 3,000 pounds of it!

  4. The entire show is performed entirely in song.

  5. “CATS” has been presented in more than 30 countries and 15 languages. 

  6. The musical has been the winner of seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical!

  7. The entire set is made to appear two to three times larger than the performers. 

  8. Coming in December of 2019, a film adaptation of the musical will hit the theaters with stars in it like Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and more. 

  9. “Memory,” one of the most popular songs from the show, has been recorded by more than 150 artists. 

Get ready for the purr-formance of a lifetime! Buy your tickets today at HersheyTheatre.com.


Hershey Theatre opened in September 1933. It has established itself as the area’s premier performing arts center, presenting the finest in touring Broadway shows, classical music and world-renowned entertainers.