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story.lead_photo.caption Becca Martin-Brown, features editor with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, (from left) Dan Hoy, with the "Cats" production, and Jennifer Wilson, public relations director with the Walton Arts Center, record a podcast Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the NWADG office in Fayetteville.

Adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber from T.S. Eliot’s 1939 “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the musical “Cats” premiered at the New London Theatre on London’s West End in 1981 and played for 21 years and almost 9,000 performances. In 1983, it opened on Broadway and ran for 18 years, winning seven Tonys including Best Musical.

Since then, “Cats” has been presented in more than 30 countries, translated into 15 languages and been seen by more than 73 million people worldwide.

A new tour based on the 2016 Broadway revival is stopping this week at the Walton Arts Center, and Dan Hoy, who portrays Munkustrap, came by the NWADG office to talk with Features Editor Becca Martin-Brown about living his dream role.

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‘Cats’

WHEN — 1:30 & 7 p.m. May 30; 8 p.m. May 31; 2 & 8 p.m. June 1; 2 p.m. June 2

WHERE — Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville

COST — $51 & up

INFO — 443-5600

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