CATS was the first show I ever saw on Broad-WAY. I was in 7th grade and saw it as part of a trip to NYC with my local choir (we were singing at Carnegie Hall, thank you very much). I don’t have many specific memories of the production, and the most special part of that evening had little to do with the musical itself.
As part of the production’s efforts to raise money for Broadway Cares (though I’m not sure it was called that in 1996), they sold the a show poster signed by the cast. But instead of selling them in the lobby after the show, as is fairly standard fundraising practice now, they sold them ON THE STAGE OF THE WINTERGARDEN THEATER DURING INTERMISSION. Continue reading