- The phenomenally successful musical by Andrew Lloyd Webberin which poems from T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of PracticalCats are set to music and dance. First staged in a production by TrevorNunn, it opened at the New London Theatre in 1981 and won that year'sEvening Standard Award for Best Musical. Cats began its 16thyear at the theater in 1996, thereby becoming the world's longest-runningmusical to that date. The show finally closed, after an astonishing 8949performances, in May 2002; its demise has been attributed to the suddenfall in US visitors to London in the wake of the events of September 11,2001. The Broadway production likewise ran for a record 18 years; altogetherCats has been seen by some 50 million people in 26 countries worldwide.
- acronym forcertificate of accrual on treasury securities
(written as CATS)