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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Theatre Under the Stars presents Cats and School of Rock this summer

Theatre Under the Stars runs July 5 through August 24 at Stanley Park's Malkin Bowl.

Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) has announced two Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Cats and School of Rock, for its 2024 summer season at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl.

“We’re thrilled to welcome audiences back for another season of joyful discovery in our magical outdoor theatre setting,” says TUTS general manager Kevin Woo. “From the razzle-dazzle of Cats, one of the most beloved musicals of all time, to the fist-pumping family adventure that is School of Rock, this year’s season is bursting with spectacular musical numbers and inspirational characters who are chasing big dreams. We hope audiences’ hearts are filled up with the fizzy excitement of these two quintessential musical masterpieces.”

An award-winning musical on both Broadway and London’s West End, where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances, Cats tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make the “Jellicle choice” by deciding which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to new life. The musical, based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot, includes such songs as Mr Mistoffelees, Macavity: The Mystery Cat,  and the all-time favourite, Memory.

Based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black, School of Rock showcases the strength of coming together and the irrepressible power of rock ‘n roll as it follows wannabe rock star Dewey Finn. Kicked out of his band and facing eviction, he seizes the opportunity to make some quick cash when he’s mistaken for a substitute teacher at a straight-laced, uptight private school. Avoiding the prying eyes of the school’s principal and parents, Dewey teaches his classroom the one thing he knows best: how to rock.

Two show subscriptions are now available, with single tickets going on sale on May 23. Visit tuts.ca for more information.

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