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Cats: The Book of the Musical

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  105 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A richly illustrated book that re-creates the making of one of Broadway’s biggest hits, based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Color photographs and drawings by John Napier.
paper, 112 pages
Published April 28th 1983 by Mariner Books (first published November 1st 1981)
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Julia Brumfield
I came upon this book and thought that it would be an interesting fit to the 2015 Reading Challenge that I am doing. In a sense I was slightly disappointed to find that it so much similar to the original book that I had chosen to read along with it (yes I have never been to Broadway so unless the play is something based from a book or movie with a similar title I am out of the loop).

Due to my love for the original book that gave inspiration to "Cats" I have tried to read the book with a partia
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Olivia
Feb 16, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it
The pictures could have been in better quality, but it was awesome to look at the original poem verses and drawings of the costumes (although some of them were a little creepy)
Anna Ivanovna
May 16, 2008 Anna Ivanovna rated it it was amazing
It's basically Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with colorful pictures from the original Broadway cast. But it's fun to read and the pics are fun and colorful and pretty!!
Killian
Feb 22, 2013 Killian rated it liked it
Blugh. How Webber could do Phantom and Cats is beyond me. I have never gotten this play. "Memories" is the only okay song, and the plot was just so meandering I always fall asleep in the middle.
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Gives a clear libretto of the 1982 musical cats!
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