How to Explain Trump’s Love for the Musical “Cats”

Betty Buckley attends the world première of “Cats” at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on December 16, 2019, in New York City. Photograph by Taylor Hill / Getty

The news, emanating from the Trump aide Stephanie Grisham’s new tell-all book—one more entry in an ominous series in which people close to Trump reveal that he is just as awful as he seemed, news that they somehow chose to keep private (you couldn’t really keep it secret) until there was a book to put out—is that Trump, in addition to having a horrible temper, a mean mouth, and contempt for women sufficient to send a Democratic politician into exile, loves Broadway show tunes. There was, it appears, a “Music Man” in the Trump entourage, dubbed, presumably, after the famous 1957 show—which won the Tony for Best Musical in preference to “West Side Story,” a thing still thought scandalous by some—and that person’s job was to “soothe” Trump by playing tunes that he loved from cast albums that he likes, particularly “Memory,” Grizabella’s song from the original New York production of “Cats.”

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