Beloved musical ‘Cats’ to create new memories in Seattle

  • By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
  • Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:00am
  • LifeGo-See-Do

“Cats”: You can create a theater memory by attending the magical musical “Cats,” which returns to The Paramount Theatre in Seattle on April 17.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber created theater history after he discovered T.S. Elliott’s poem about cats in an airport bookshop. Webber built a musical around the concept of a tribe of cats with one ascending to the Heaviside Layer and a new life. The show has some timeless tunes, including “Memory.”

“Cats” opens at 7:30 p.m. April 17 with eight shows through April 22 at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle.

Tickets start at $66. A $10 donation will be made to the Woodland Park Zoo through a special ticket offer. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.bit.ly/ZooCats. To purchase tickets for a price level or performance that is not included in the zoo donation offer, visit STGPresents.org or call 877-784-4849.

“Damn Yankees”: It’s baseball season and probably no better time to watch this revival slide into the 5th Avenue Theatre.

The musical “Damn Yankees” hits a homer with its score, which includes “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets.”

It’s the story of loving the hometown team maybe too much, so much in fact you make a deal with the devil so your team can beat the Yankees in the pennant race.

“Damn Yankees is one of the great musicals of the Golden Era of Broadway,” said 5th Avenue Theatre artistic director David Armstrong. “We’re very excited to bring this show to our stage for the first time, complete with major league talent from a mix of Broadway and Seattle musical theater all-stars.”

“Damn Yankees” opens with previews at 8 p.m. April 21 with shows through May 20 at The 5th Avenue, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle.

Tickets start at $19. Go to www.5thavenue.org or call 206-625-1900.

“The Pitmen Painters”: The talented R. Hamilton Wright and Charles Leggett lead the ACT Theatre cast in this tale of the unexpected.

Based on a true story and written by the author of “Billy Elliot,” this tale involves a group of Northern English miners who, surprisingly, become discovered and celebrated as gifted painters.

Their sudden fame, however, backfires in a clash of art versus class as the miners’ celebrity puts them at odds with their community, their work and their friendships.

“Despite the in-depth conversation of society and art, there is a great deal of humanity and humor in this play,” director Kurt Beattie said. “These characters are at their best when they’re expressing opinions and frank assessments of each other’s work; the witty and honest critiques make for great lively banter.”

Audience warning: There will be brief nudity.

“The Pitmen Painters” opens with previews at 8 p.m. April 20 with shows through May 20 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle.

Tickets start at $37.50. Call 206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org.

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