Cats Summary

  • Cats is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: July 14, 2016
  • Opens July 31, 2016
  • Show Closed: December 30, 2017

Since its inception, Cats has astounded audiences with its captivating songs, stories and visual spectacle. The show presents a special breed of cats known as “Jellicle Cats,” who sing about their unique qualities in preparation for the Jellicle Ball, when one cat will be chosen to rise to the supernatural realm called the “Heaviside Layer.”

Cats on Broadway Background

This Broadway revival is an entirely new production modeled on the 2014 London revival, with additional choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, Annie), based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne. With Cats up and running, Andrew Lloyd Webber has three shows concurrently on Broadway: Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and School of Rock – the Musical, an honor he has not held since the 1990s.

At the time it concluded its original Broadway run in 2000, Cats was the longest running musical in the history of Broadway. It had been running since October 1982, and played a total of 7,485 performances, which at the time was the record for longest running show. This record has since been surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera, a musical that shares a composer with Cats: Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Lion King and Chicago have also surpassed this record. Webber composed the music for this feline-themed musical, which is based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Eliot then wrote the lyrics for the musical, with additional lyrics by Trevor Nunn, who directed the Broadway and London premieres of Cats.

What’s Cats Like?

This new revival is once again directed by the great Trevor Nunn, who also recently helmed the revival of Cats at the London Palladium to great success. It is produced as an unusual collaboration by the two most powerful Broadway landlords: the Shubert Organization and the Nederlander Organization; this show is so outstanding that it surpasses any need for competitive rivalry.

This classic is based on T.S Eliot's collection of poems, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. With beautiful classic songs such as “Memory,” “Mr. Mistoffelees,” “Macavity: The Mystery Cat,” and “Old Deuteronomy,” the show is a wonderful treat for the entire family. As this revival is directed by the original helmer, Trevor Nunn, who also just proved his excellent capacity for reinvention of this material in the 2014 London revival, this show is a magnificent production to add to the Broadway landscape.

Is Cats Good for Kids?

This show is excellent entertainment for the whole family. The show is good for children over the age of eight, although children under the age of four are not allowed into the theatre.

Theatre Information

Neil Simon Theatre

250 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,428
Entrance: 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
Theatre Information

Neil Simon Theatre Seating Chart

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Cast Members

Grizabella
Mamie Parris
Demeter
Kim Faure
Carbucketty
Giuseppe Bausilio
Macavity
Daniel Gaymon
Rumpelteazer
Shonica Gooden
Rum Tums Bugger
Tyler Hanes
Unjust
Andy Jones
Old Deuteronomy
Quentin Earl Darlington
Electra
Lillie Froehlich
Victoria
Georgina Pazcoguin
Bombalurina
Christine Cornish Smith
Mistoffelees
Ricky Ubeda

Producers

Executive Producer:

Nina Lannan

Producers:

The Shubert Organization

Nederlander Organization

Production Credits

Direction
Trevor Nunn
Choreography
Andy Blakenbuehler
Set + Costume Design
John Napier
Light Design
Natasha Katz
Original Choreography
Gillian Lynne
Sound Design
Mick Potter
Lyrics + Music
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Production Stage Manager
Ira Mont

Creative Team

General Manager:
Bespoke Theatricals LLC
Company Manager:
Carol Oune at Bespoke Theatricals LLC
Press Agent:
DKC/O&M
Casting Director:
Tara Rubin Casting
Advertising Representative:
SPOTCo
Production Manager:
Aurora Productions