Andrew Lloyd Webber: I didn’t think initially of Cats as a musical. I thought that if I could set these poems, maybe they’d have a life as a kind of concert piece, a little bit like there were words in Peter and the Wolf, you know, but I was thinking if I could actually set these things, maybe there’d be a life, you know, a 40-minute concert in which… or they could be sung as part of a program where there was other music, and never, ever thought of it as a musical. Until Valerie Eliot gave the story of Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, which wasn’t in the book. And that’s when I thought maybe there’s something bigger in all of this. Initially again, I thought of it maybe as a companion piece to in the theater, like a 45-minute, maybe an hour companion piece to something which I had written before, which was a series of Paganini variations that I wrote for my brother, which became a very, in Britain, was a very successful album. And there were a lot of people saying, ‘Can we choreograph this?’ And I’d wonder whether you could put Cats together with the variations as a two-part evening. And I actually explored that for quite a long time. So, kind of Cats evolved almost by accident.