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Broadway musical "Cats" hailed with 33-cent stamp

Broadway musical "Cats" hailed with 33-cent stamp

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Cats may have nine lives. But the Broadway musical "Cats" has more than 7,000


With its bold sets, cat-chy music and catlike choreography, "Cats" was chosen

to be honored on a new 33-cent U.S. stamp as part of the U.S. Postal Service's

Celebrate the Century program for the 1980s.

Featured on the stamp is a character from the cast displayed in a cat costume.

Atop the offering is "Cats." At the bottom left are the words "Musical Smash."

At the right are "33 USA."

Set to music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, the hit musical is based on "Old Possum's

Book of Practical Cats," a collection of poems by the late T.S. Eliot. It

opened in London in May 1981. The Broadway production made its debut in October


"Cats" has the distinction of being Broadway's longest-running show. The record

for longevity was held by "A Chorus Line" with 6,137 continuous performances.

"Cats" surpassed that mark in June 1997 and it is still running with more than

7,000 performances.

The Celebrate the Century program honors some of the most significant people,

places, events and trends of each decade of the 20th century.

The "Cats" stamp is now available at your local post office. All the Celebrate

the Century's stamps from the 1900s through the 1980s also are available by

calling (800) STAMP-24.

First-day covers of the new offering can be obtained from the Postal Service's

Stamp Fulfillment Services. The covers will be postmarked with the official

first day of issue cancellation. Also call (800) STAMP-24.

World Stamp Expo

The U.S. Postal Service is planning its first World Stamp Expo of the new

millennium for July 7-16, 2000, at the Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Exhibits will feature many of the world's rare stamps, a 3-D Space Discovery

Theater and a World's Kids' Congress.

The Kids' Congress will display the entries of the winners of the Postal

Service's Stampin' the Future stamps designed by American children. The Expo is

supported by the American Philatelic Society and the American Stamp Dealers



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