Cats are imagined to have 9 lives, however the musical that bears their identify has had significantly greater than that.

The 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical primarily based on poet T.S. Eliot’s “Outdated Possum’s Ebook of Sensible Cats” was the longest-running musical in Broadway historical past till 2006 (now it’s the fourth), primarily based on its steady run from 1982 to 2000; and received Tony and Olivier awards for greatest musical.

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With songs corresponding to “Reminiscence,” “Mr. Mistoffelees” and “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats,” the present — the topic of each hardcore devotion and numerous parodies — is understood for its portraits of eccentric and extravagantly named cats (Skimbleshanks, Rumpleteazer, Bustopher Jones) and for its massive solid prancing round in fanciful feline make-up and leg heaters.

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After a 2016 Broadway revival that lasted a yr and a half, the present’s present North American tour involves San Jose’s Heart for the Performing Arts courtesy of Broadway San Jose.

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That’s the factor about “Cats”; they all the time come again.

Particulars: Feb. 19-24; Heart for the Performing Arts, San Jose; $43-$153; 800-982-2787, broadwaysanjose.com.

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