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The first Cats Broadway revival opened in summer 2016, produced by The Shubert Organization and Nederlander Organization. Previews began on 14 July 2016 at the Neil Simon Theatre, and opened on 31st July.

The show is developed from the 2014 London revival. Trevor Nunn, the original director, has directed the revival, and the original designs of John Napier are being used. Andy Blankenbuehler has been responsible for controversial new choreography, firmly rooted in Gillian Lynne's original work, however Gillian Lynne has not directly been involved with this production.

Production Specifics Edit

The previews for this production showed an experimental attitude to the original material, with many small changes to verses, a lot of new choreography blended with the original. "The Old Gumbie Cat" has scrapped the "Beetles' Tattoo", instead the Cats tap dance wearing costumes of hubcaps, and "clean" the stage under her direction. The biggest change is that "Growltiger's Last Stand" has been scrapped altogether, and in its place Gus performs "The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles" (moved from act 1) as Rumpus Cat. This sequence appears to be an acted out performance, involving the tribe, rather than a dream sequence. Other changes from the Palladium production, such as "Street Cat Tugger" and extended moments for Grizabella, have been reversed.

This production has been developed from the London Palladium production, and uses elements of that set labelled NAP 70. The featured costumes have been produced by John Kristiansen, rather than Parsons-Meares who made the original Broadway and US Tour costumes. The Wigs, unitards and warmers were imported from the makers in the UK who worked on the Palladium and UK Tour costumes. The designs are more similar to the Palladium production than the older Broadway style, but certain costumes have been further developed, for instance Jennyanyots' ensemble costume now echoes the spots on her featured costumes.

The Broadway Revival uses a mixture of character names, Sillabub rather than Jemima, Plato rather than Admetus, Tumblebrutus rather than Bill Bailey as with previous US productions, but Carbucketty as well as Pouncival, as in the Palladium production. Additionally, the "basic" ensemble identities for Old Deuteronomy, Asparagus and Tugger have been named Victor, Peter and Bill Bailey respectively.

Reviews Edit

Telegraph.co.uk - ***, not impressed with Leona Lewis but liked the rest.

Variety.com - Very positive apart from Leona Lewis not being in the same league as Betty Buckley et al.

Guardian.com - ***, Kitsch, dated... yet strangely adorable.

NYTimes.com - Positive but critical of Leona Lewis.

Daily Fail.co.uk - A tedious, clawing mess.

NBCNewyork.com - Complimentary to Leona Lewis.

TheWrap.com - Dated, not updated enough.

Hollywood Reporter.com - "Fans will lick it up", not very different to original.

Vulture.com - "both pretentious and déclassé"

Creative Team Edit

Neil Simon Theatre

Neil Simon Theatre, pre-opening.

Director: Trevor Nunn

Choreographer: Andy Blankenbuehler

Associate Director & Choreographer: Chrissie Cartwright (recreating Gillian Lynne's original choreography)

Costume & Set Designer: John Napier

Associate Costume Designer: Lisa Zinni

Costume Supervisor: Tracy Stiles

Wigs made by Jenny Dean and Charles Wright

Make-up developed by Karen Dawson and Nancy Powell

Associate Scenic Designer: Alan Walker

Musical Supervisor/Director: Kristen Blodgette

Lighting Designer: Natasha Katz

Sound Designer: Mick Potter

Cast Edit

Click here for the Casting Call for this production.

2016 Revival Cast
Alonzo Ahmad Simmons - cover Bill Bailey/Tugger
Alonzo Spencer Clark - vacation cover from 17 January 2017
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Christopher Gurr
Bombalurina Christine Cornish Smith
Carbucketty Giuseppe Bausilio - cover Mistoffelees - left 29 January 2017
Carbucketty Tanner Ray Wilson - vacation cover from 17 October 2016 to 25 January 2017
Carbucketty Jakob Karr - cover Mistoffelees - from 31 January 2017
Cassandra Emily Pynenburg
Coricopat Corey Snide - cover Mistoffelees
Demeter Kim Faure
Demeter Robin Masella - vacation cover from 15 November 2016 to 20 December 2016
Electra Lili Froehlich
Grizabella Leona Lewis - left 9 October 2016
Grizabella Mamie Parris - from 17 October 2016
Jellylorum Sara Jean Ford - left 20 November 2016
Jellylorum Sarah Jane Shanks - from 22 November 2016
Jennyanydots / Gumbie Eloise Kropp
Mistoffelees Ricky Ubeda
Mungojerrie Jess LeProtto - left 29 January 2017
Mungojerrie Zachary Daniel Jones - from 31 January 2017
Munkustrap Andy Jones
Old Deuteronomy Quentin Earl Darrington
Plato / Macavity Daniel Gaymon
Pouncival Sharrod Williams
Rumpleteazer Shonica Gooden
Rum Tum Tugger Tyler Hanes
Sillabub Arianna Rosario
Skimbleshanks Jeremy Davis
Tantomile Emily Tate
Tumblebrutus Kolton Krouse - left 29 January 2017
Tumblebrutus Andrew Wilson - from 31 January 2017
Victoria Georgina Pazcoguin
Swing Richard Todd Adams - cover Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asparagus, Victor/Old Deuteronomy
Swing Aaron Albano
Swing Callan Bergmann - cover Mistoffelees, Munkustrap
Swing Maria Briggs - from 19 November 16
Swing Claire Camp
Swing Francesca Granell
Swing Jessica Hendy - cover Grizabella
Swing Harris Milgrim - cover Bill Bailey/Tugger, Munkustrap
Swing Madison Mitchell
Swing Nathan Patrick Morgan - cover Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asparagus, Victor/Old Deuteronomy
Swing Megan Ort - cover Grizabella
Swing Tanner Ray Wilson - cover Mistoffelees - from 17 October 2016

Gallery Edit

Characters Edit

Performance Images Edit

Opening Night 31st July 2016 Edit

Promotional Images Edit


Links Edit

Official website

Playbill.com announcement

May 2016 Interview - Andy Blankenbuehler with Broadway Direct

June 2016 Interview - Gillian Lynne and Broadway Revival, The Stage

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