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Alle Maners  Search this
Napier, John  Search this
overall: 14 cm x 10.1 cm x 25.3 cm; 5 1/2 in x 4 in x 9 15/16 in
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Shoes, pair of
shoes, pair of
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Pair of shoes, part of the Grizabella costume used in the original Broadway production of the musical <i>Cats</i> in the late 1990s. The open-toe heeled shoes are made of greige-colored leather with black paint spattered on the 2-1/4 inch heels, covered in greige-colored fur across vamps and quarters, with thin t-straps with silver metal side buckles. The shoes are lined with cream-white suede and have brown leather soles with black plastic non-slip toe and heel pads.
Achieving an eighteen-year run of 7,397 consecutive performances at Manhattan's Winter Garden Theatre, <i>Cats</i> is one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. The show, which premiered in London in 1981, is the work of composer-impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, who envisioned a musical based on poet T. S. Eliot's work, <i>Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.</i> The original London and New York productions were enhanced by designer John Napier's imaginative scenery and costumes. The most expensive Broadway musical ever produced at the time, <i>Cats</i> recouped its $5.5 million production cost many times over through its long and successful run. The show’s spectacular sets, costumes, and innovative special effects, and its emphasis on visual pageantry and epic scale over dialogue and plot were key components of the “megamusical” genre that dominated Broadway theater in the 1980s and 90s.
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National Museum of American History