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LOLcats Go Off-Broadway

Published on August 13, 2009
by Andrew LaVallee

I Can Has Cheezburger, the Web site that popularized the “art” of matching cat photos to misspelled captions, is the inspiration for a new independent musical that debuts Friday.

Kristyn Pomranz and Katherine Steinberg, both online editors at AOL, created “I Can Has Cheezburger: The MusicLOL” out of a mutual appreciation for the site.

Ms. Pomranz, 27, has a musical-theater background and is “predisposed to singing about everything that happens around me,” she said. Ms. Steinberg caught her in mid-tune about a LOLcat (which Wikipedia defines as “an image combining a photograph, most frequently of a cat, with a humorous and idiosyncratic caption in [often] broken English–a dialect which is known as ‘lolspeak,’ ‘kitteh’ or ‘kitty pidgin’ and which parodies the poor grammar typically attributed to Internet slang) and realized she was on to something.

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