The first theatrical release of Cats is set to premiere on Dec. 20, but don't think you can get everything out of the experience by just waltzing your way into the movie theater that night. I've got five good reasons you should read the book before seeing Cats, and I hope you'll take the time to enjoy it this fall.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical, which premiered in London's West End in 1981, is based on T.S. Eliot's 1939 poetry collection, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Pretty much all of the musical's songs come from the feline-based verses in that book, with the exception of "Memory," which is based on another Eliot poem, "Rhapsody on a Windy Night." Now, 80 years after Eliot originally composed Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats for his godchildren, his poems are making their way to the big screen for the first time.
Whether you're already a fan of Cats, or you have no idea what the hell that trailer was about, you should read Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats before you see the film adaptation in theaters. The book is still in print, and is also available in eBook format, so you won't have to look far to find a copy.