Fri., April 1, 8 p.m., Sat., April 2, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., April 3, 1 & 6:30 p.m. 2011
Those of us who were young when Cats first invaded the theatrical world — yes, it’s been nearly 30 years since it opened in London’s West End — remember it as a full-blown phenomenon. In fact, many people grooved on the Andrew Lloyd Webber score (on vinyl!) for a long time before ever seeing the live stage show. But that eventually was remedied as the show toured frequently all over the globe. “Memory” was the big hit, and there were other very catchy feline celebrations in Webber’s bag of tuneful tricks, with the colorful lyrics enjoying the cachet of being based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (almost highbrow, that!). The distinctive costumes also captured the public’s imagination, and Cats — after thousands and thousands of performances worldwide — has subsequently taken its very comfortable place in show business history. Meanwhile, millions more have been born who haven’t ever seen the show, since it rarely gets produced by local companies. This short-run revival touring endeavor features the original direction of Trevor Nunn and the choreography of Gillian Lynne, and here’s a chance for Nashvillians to revisit the show’s wonder or finally get a chance to experience it firsthand.