Lamp post prop from the musical Cats

Description (Brief):

This lamp post prop was used in the original Broadway production of Cats. The lamp post was part of the set design in the train station scene. The lamp post is made of metal painted brown, with a brown metal housing made of steel sheets with cut-out windows and topped with a shade of fluted gray canvas made to imitate silk. The post is wrapped with a spiral of rope and black rubber-covered electrical wiring ending at the lamp housing.

Description (Brief)

Cats broke Broadway records with its run of 7,485 performances from 1982 until 2000 at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre. The play, written and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on stories and characters from T. S. Eliot's 1939 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, and first premiered in London’s West End in 1981. The expensive and spectacular production has been called the first “megamusical,” inaugurating a new period of Broadway theater history when big-budget shows with elaborate special effects, spectacular costumes, and rock music revived the theater district’s sagging fortunes. Cats earned multiple Tony awards in its original run and has since been revived on Broadway and in numerous national and international tours.

Date Made: 1982-2000

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2000.0219.05Accession Number: 2000.0219Catalog Number: 2000.0219.05

Object Name: Lamp Postprop

Measurements: overall: 268 cm x 70 cm; 105 1/2 in x 27 9/16 inoverall: 46 in x 156 in x 42 in; 116.84 cm x 396.24 cm x 106.68 cm


Record Id: nmah_1191040

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