Cats the musical has been living its best nine lives — it has had record-breaking runs at the West End and Broadway (21 years!) and has been staged in 30 countries. And what do you know? The award-winning musical has landed in Singapore, where it’s playing at Marina Bay Sands until Jan 5. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about its cinematic counterpart (it drops in Singapore on Dec 26). There hasn’t been a flick quite as universally panned like Hollywood’s take on Cats, which stars the likes of Taylor Swift and Judi Dench. Kinder critics have bemoaned that it will “haunt viewers for generations”, some say the movie is “nearly as obscene as The Human Centipede”, while others clawed at it, calling it “a descent into madness”. But enough about the movie — we’re here to talk about the acclaimed live musical, which has made audiences and critics feline good since 1981.

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