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The musical ‘Cats’ is coming to the Scranton Cultural Center

It’s probably a safe bet to say that people who enjoy the Broadway musical “Cats” are also fans of real four-legged felines.

And whether or not they have fur babies in the house, they just might have a thing for kittens in need.

“I think there’s definitely a crossover there,” said Ali N. Basalyga of NAC Entertainment, an organization that helps Broadway in Scranton bring the musical “Cats” to the Scranton Cultural Center.

These people will have the opportunity to help the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter as it faces the increased needs of the spring “kitten season”.

If audience members bring a donation of cat food, litter or nail clippers to the Scranton Cultural Center when they attend the performance of “Cats” on April 21 or 22, they will receive $5 off their ticket or their tickets.

“We want people to know that even if they already have tickets, they can still donate,” Basalyga said. “If you have already purchased tickets and still wish to donate, bins will be present in the theater and your donations will still be accepted.”

“Please don’t bring large items,” she added.

After you donate, you can kick back and watch the onstage antics of characters like Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat, Magical Mr. Mistoffelees, and Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, and listen to songs like “Jellicle Ball” and “Memory.”

With music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is based on TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ and has been performed to audiences in over 30 countries and in 15 languages.

The production will be in Scranton for shows at 7:30 p.m. on April 21; 8 p.m. on April 22; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on April 23 and 1 p.m. on April 24. The box office can be reached at 570-344-1111.