We briefly review the evolutionary status of the classical Cepheid variables, their structure, and the properties of the linear modes. Then we discuss the current status of the nonlinear hydrodynamical modelling, including modern adaptive mesh techniques, and the sensitivity to opacity. We stress the importance of resonances among the normal modes of pulsation because they can be used to impose severe constraints on the models and on the input physics. We show that recent hydrodynamics computations provide an explanation for the hitherto unexplained dip in the histogram of Galactic Cepheids around 8--10 days. The EROS and MACHO observations of classical Cepheids in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds have opened up a new exciting perspective on these variable stars. This new observational basis is very important, not only because of the sheer number of new Cepheids, but especially because the composition of the MCs is known to differ from our Galaxy's, thus extending the range of astrophysical parameters. These new data have been found not to be fully compatible with our current Cepheid modelling and are forcing a review of our assumptions and input physics.
Variables Stars and the Astrophysical Returns of the Microlensing Surveys
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- 10 pages - to appear in Proceedings of the Twelfth IAP Colloquium on Variable Stars and the Astrophysical Returns of Microlensing Surveys, Paris, Eds. R. Ferlet &