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Free - CATS The Musical - Full Show @ The Shows Must Go On via YouTube

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Join The Shows Must Go On! on Saturday May 15th for a special 40th anniversary streaming of CATS. Available for 48 hours.

Update: The video streaming link has been updated. You can visit the link now and set yourself a YouTube Reminder in addition to OzBargain's Reminder.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS, the most famous musical of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. 'Memory', one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. Since then CATS has smashed records and conquered the world. Using the latest technology, all the excitement, thrill, romance and intimacy of this theatrical legend has been captured on screen. Breathtaking visuals and full digital sound (that has been completely re-recorded with a seventy piece orchestra) will leave you deep into the mysterious world of CATS as you've never seen it before — more intoxicating and magical than you could possibly imagine. With a star cast including Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills.

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    • +33 votes

      Just to clarify, it will be CATS the Musical (1998) that will be streamed, not CATS the Movie (2019).

      • +1 vote

        So no Tay-tay? :(

        • +1 vote

          Tay-tay was singing in her school musical in 1998.

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        How can the musical be so popular when the movie was so so bad?! Even Tay Tay couldn’t rescue it!

        • +4 votes

          Despite this not being on Broadway or the West End for almost 20 years, it's still in the top 5 of longest running musicals for either location. This shows how much staying power it has.

          Many of these musical stars have been doing it for years. Some are iconic in thier roles. Where the latest version, just put together a bunch of current singers/actors that are popular.

          It's like seeing Hamilton on stage or the movie currently on Disney (which just about has the original cast), then seeing a different version with John Leguizamo in the lead role.

          Then there's the awful effects. Imagine redoing the original Jurassic park with animated dinosaurs instead of the animatronics. When makeup looks more realistic than CGI, don't use CGI

          • +2 votes

            @dizzle: Yeah I think the uncanny valley strikes again, the costumes and makeup gave it a big theatrical feel but the computer graphics just creep you out. Also didn’t help having the discussion of cat butt holes doing the rounds.

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              @Forrest Rivers: The special effects were fine (I saw the fixed version). It was the souless singing that made the movie unwatchable, I couldn't stand more than 30 minutes of it. Even Judi Dench couldn't save it.

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          Tay Tay is basic

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          They went too far with CGI… they tried to play god

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        couldn't bare to see the movie more than 15 mins for me.

  • +5 votes

    That's not bad (and excellent for the price), but wake me up when they stream Starlight Express :)

    • +9 votes

      Book Of Mormon

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      Seconded. I've memorised more lyrics from songs from Starlight Express than any other musical.

      And even if this version of CATS is on the mediocre side to watch, still worth just listening to in the background at the very least.

      • +2 votes

        Seconded. I've memorised more lyrics from songs from Starlight Express than any other musical.

        For me, it's Avenue Q, :P

        You're much more cultured than I, lol.

    • +3 votes

      The thing is, there's a collection of filmed Broadway shows going back fifty or so years in the Theatre on Film and Tape archive in New York, so there probably is a recording of Starlight Express out there that's not some handycam bootleg with bad angles and atrocious audio. You're just not allowed to watch it.

      They're very restrictive as to who can see them - you typically have to be a theatre student or a theatre professional with a need to see the recording. Should you be one of the blessed who are allowed to view the recordings, though, you can only see each one once, ever, so you better make sure you get everything you need from your viewing.

      If they could remove those restrictions in a way that makes everyone happy (and from what I can gather there's almost no chance of that happening any time soon because of all the different parties involved), there'd be very little stopping the recordings being released for purchase, streaming, broadcast etc., and they could probably make some money off of them, especially for older productions that haven't been performed for a long time or with actors who have since passed away.

      It would also solve the problem of bootlegging, because generally speaking, once a proshot is released, few bother to bootleg the show anymore because what's the point of a crappy quality bootleg if there's already a high quality recording available?

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      … wake me up when they stream Starlight Express :)

      I love Starlight Express too … but I don't think it will ever be streamed since it has never been translated into film that was released commercially before. I would love to be wrong … and someone can point me to a version - so I can get hold of it.

    • +1 vote

      If they ever film a high quality version of it, it’ll be in German.

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        I agree. I saw a clip where the German cast did one night in English. I was thinking, wouldn't it be nice if they could film the show on such a night :)

        But at the same time, anything filmed more recently (after 2012), even if it exists and higher quality, would have the beautiful song segment after the race - Pearl and Pearl/Rusty duet - which changed over time (Only He/Only You, then Next Time You Fall In Love, then back to a variation of the first) - replaced by a song written by ALW's son, Alistair (I Do). It is natural to want to support your son, and to update things. But IMO, the replacement is just not as good as the previous song variations that played in its place.

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    The text says 14th, the calendar says 15th. Which is it?

    • +3 votes

      Both are correct. 7pm 14th in UK is 4am 15th in Eastern Aus :-)

      Description amended, thanks for the pickup.

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        Thanks for the update - don't want to miss it.

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    Youtube videos are deals?

    • +4 votes

      Yes, because the guidelines permit them.

    • +1 vote

      It's the full musical and not a preview. Video is only available for 48hrs so is time limited deal.

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    Wish they did the same with some other popular musicals like Les Miserables

    • +1 vote

      Les Miserables is on Prime Video, just watched yesterday

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        Les Miserables - The Movie and Les Miserables: The Staged Concert are on Prime Video. No sign of the full musical version though. Neither are the experience of the musical. The concert misses many of the sets due to its performance format and there is little to no movement of the performers on the stage. Basically it is just the songs sung in costume in front of an orchestra and choir.

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          I should add, that doesn't make the concert a bad performance, its just not the musical.

          One of my favourite parts of the concert is at the end of the song 'A Little Fall Of Rain' - the performer in the part of Marius is actually moved by the performance and Eponine's death - a few tears fall down his cheek if you look closely.

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          As far as I know, only concerts were filmed (10th anniversary, 25th anniversary, 2019 staged concert), no full-musical stage version was ever filmed (unlike Phantom or Love Never Dies, for example). I think it is a deliberate marketing strategy, to get people to go to see the live musical.

          If one is watching Les Mis musical for the 1st time, perhaps best to watch the movie first to get a better context (given the discontinuity in the concerts), then a concert.

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      @kelandmal is right - both the 2013 movie as well as the 2019 concert version is available to prime members. If you are not a prime member, just sign up for a trial and watch them.

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      They had Phantom of the Opera last year on youtube.
      May comeback for free again.

      They still have the key scenes
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag

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    I would guess the “full digital sound (that has been completely re-recorded with a seventy piece orchestra)” is the same as what I already have on the BD of the same production.

    This one is an excellent stage-to-movie translation.

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    is it the same version of CATS that was on YouTube 15-May-2020 ?……https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/528261

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      Should be the same. I don't know of another musical besides the 1998 version that was recorded. But of course I cannot give you a guarantee as I have no insider knowledge with TSMGO.

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      Yes, it is the same one with Elaine Paige as Grizabella. Some of the shows streamed in 2020 are streamed again.

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        Elaine Paige had played Grizabella in two productions of CATS. The way to tell for certain is John Mills who played Asparagus only in the filmed 1998 musical and no other.

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          Yeap, no confusion there - it is the same one. It's easy to tell since Elaine Paige only ever reprised her role once (1997) to be filmed.

  • -3 votes

    Boring. Wouldn't watch if someone were to pay me for my time.

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    This deal soothed my aching jellicles