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Happy Birthday Angela Lansbury!

Five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury was born on October 16. Find out more about the star of the original Broadway productions of Sweeney Todd, Mame, Anyone Can Whistle and Dear World at PlaybillVault.com.

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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1982, the Winter Garden Theatre hosts the opening of what will become one of the most successful musicals in the history of Broadway, Cats. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rendition of the T.S. Eliot collection of poems, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” boasts advance sales of $6.2 million before it even opens. The show has sound and special effects galore, no dialogue, and a diva in the making, Betty Buckley, singing its most memorable tune, “Memory.” Cats will win seven Tony awards and play in more than 250 cities around the world. By the time it closes on Sept. 10, 2000, Cats will have played 7485 performances, far outpacing previous long-run champ, A Chorus Line.

For more on Cats, including a look inside an original Playbill from the show, visit PlaybillVault.com.

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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2000, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats closes after nearly 18 years and 7,485 performances. The final performance, held at 6 PM, was for an invitation-only audience. It will keep its position as the longest-running show in Broadway history for just six years, before being overtaken by another Lloyd Webber show, The Phantom of the Opera.

For more on the final performance of Cats, read Playbill.com’s original report on the occasion.

For more on Cats' historic 7,485 performance run, including a look inside an original Playbill from October 1982, visit PlaybillVault.com.