One of the most prominent and important theatrical producers to emerge in the late Twentieth Century, Cameron Mackintosh was able to realize his childhood dream. At the age of eight, he was taken to see his first stage musical "Salad Days" and was so enchanted he decided then and there he would grow up to produce similar entertainments. After dropping out of London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Mackintosh landed his first professional job as a chorus member and assistant stage manager for a touring company of "Oliver!" in 1965. Within four years, however, he had achieved his goal and produced an ill-fated revival of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes." Undaunted, Mackintosh persevered and finally had an international success with the revue of Stephen Sondheim songs, "Side by Side by Sondheim" in 1976. After mounting a long-running revival of "Oliver!" (1977-80) and "My Fair Lady" (1979), he teamed with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to present Lloyd Webber's "Cats" in London in 1981. The musical, adapted from poems by T S Eliot, has gone on to become the longest-running musical in Broadway history.