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

A closing date of 30th December 2017 was announced in June of 2016, bringing the run to a total of 593 performances and 16 previews, in the run period just short of a year and a half. At the same time, a US Tour was announced to open in January 2019.

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

Production Specifics

Many changes were made to Cats for the production, mainly modifed/new choreography and slight lyric changes to songs. The Beetles' Tattoo section in "The Old Gumbie Cat" has been removed, replaced by the cats tap dancing wearing costumes of hubcaps and 'cleaning' the stage under her direction. "Growltiger's Last Stand" is completely removed, with Gus performing "The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles" (moved to Act 2) as a re-imagined Rumpus Cat. This sequence is performed to suggest an acted out performance involving the tribe rather than a dream sequence like Growltiger. Some changes made previously for the London Palladium production, such as "Street Cat Tugger" and extended moments for Grizabella, were not carried over into this production.

The production's set is primarily made of elements of the London Palladium production, with the car registration plate NAP 70 (the same number as the Palladium set). The props and costumes were produced by the London-based makers of the Palladium/UK Tour costumes, rather than Parsons-Meares who made the original Broadway and US Tour costumes. The costume designs were similar to those used on the Palladium production, with certain costumes being further developed; for instance Jennyanydots' basic costume now echoes the spots on her featured Gumbie Cat costume. Tugger now has a new separate ensemble costume for Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats rather than wearing his Tugger unitard without the large mane. Bustopher Jones no longer carries an oversized spoon with him. Mistoffelees' light-up jacket was created by Enlighted Designs, creating an technologically advanced version of the classic costume.

The Broadway Revival used a combination of character names from the previous London and Broadway productions. Sillabub is used rather than Jemima, Plato rather than Admetus, and Tumblebrutus rather than Bill Bailey, as is tradition established by previous US productions. However, Carbucketty now existed alongside Pouncival, with the two being separate characters (the former using the London Carbucketty design, the latter using the George design). The ensemble identities during "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats" for Old Deuteronomy, Asparagus and Tugger were also named Victor, Peter, and Bill Bailey, respectively.

Creative Team

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

See the Casting Call for this production.

Broadway Revival Cast
Character Opening Cast
(July 2016)
Later Cast Final Cast
(December 2017)
Alonzo Ahmad Simmons
until 15/01/2017;
21/02/2017 - 01/10/2017
Spencer Clark
17/01/2017 - 19/02/2017
Sam Lips
from 03/10/2017
Asparagus /

Bustopher Jones

Christopher Gurr
Bombalurina Christine Cornish Smith
until 06/08/2017
Mackenzie Warren
from 08/08/2017
Carbucketty Giuseppe Bausilio
until 16/10/2016;
27/12/2016 - 29/01/2017
Robbie Nicholson
05/09/2017 - 12/11/2017
Jakob Karr
31/01/2017 -06/08/2017;
from 31/01/2017
Tanner Ray Wilson
17/10/2016 - 25/12/2016
Kolton Krouse
08/08/2017 - 03/09/2017
Cassandra Emily Pynenburg
until 20/08/2017
Emily Grace Kersey
from 22/08/2017
Coricopat Corey John Snide
until 11/06/2017
Ron Todorowski
from 13/06/2017
Demeter Kim Faure
until 13/11/2016;
20/12/2016 - 30/07/2017
Robin Masella
15/11/2016 - 18/12/2016
Samantha Sturm
from 01/08/2017
Electra Lili Froehlich
until 29/10/2017 (Dance Captain)
Mallory Michaellann
from 31/10/2017
Grizabella Leona Lewis
until 09/10/2016
Jessica Hendy
10/10/2016 - 16/10/2016
Mamie Parris
from 17/10/2016
Jellylorum Sara Jean Ford
until 20/11/2016
Sarah Jane Shanks
22/11/2016 - 10/09/2017
Sara Jean Ford
from 12/09/2017
Jennyanydots Eloise Kropp
until 06/08/2017
Sarah Marie Jenkins
from 08/08/2017
Mistoffelees Ricky Ubeda
until 16/07/2017
Zachary Downer
from 18/07/2017
Mungojerrie Jess LeProtto
until 29/01/2017
Zachary Daniel Jones
from 31/01/2017
Munkustrap Andy Huntington Jones
Old Deuteronomy Quentin Earl Darrington
until 29/10/2017
Nathaniel Stampley
from 31/10/2017
Plato / Macavity Daniel Gaymon
until 01/10/2017
Marc A. Heitzman
from 03/10/2017
Pouncival Sharrod Williams
until 01/10/2017
Evan Kasprzak
from 03/10/2017
Rumpleteazer Shonica Gooden
until 11/06/2017;
04/12/2016 - 16/12/2016
Haley Fish
from 12/06/2017
Rum Tum Tugger Tyler Hanes
Sillabub Arianna Rosario
until 11/06/2017
Jessica Cohen
from 13/06/2017
Skimbleshanks Jeremy Davis
until 11/06/2017
Colin Cunliffe
25/07/2017 - 01/10/2017
Aaron Albano
13/06/2017 - 23/07/2017;
from 03/10/2017
Tantomile Emily Tate
Tumblebrutus Kolton Krouse
until 29/01/2017
Andrew Wilson
from 31/01/2017
Victoria Georgina Pazcoguin
until 19/03/2017
Maria Briggs
21/03/2017 - 16/04/2017
Claire Rathbun
from 18/04/2017
Swing (Booth) Richard Todd Adams
Swing (Booth) Aaron Albano
until 11/06/2017
Swing (Booth) Colin Cunliffe
from 03/10/2017
Swing (Booth) Maria Failla
11/07/2017 - 17/09/2017
Swing (Booth) Jessica Hendy
Swing (Booth) Robin Masella
20/12/2016 - 05/03/2017
Swing (Booth) Madison Mitchell
Swing (Booth) Nathan Patrick Morgan
Swing (Booth) Megan Ort
Swing (Booth) Corey John Snide
12/06/2017 - 01/20/2017
Swing (Booth) Tug Watson
30/12/2016 - 10/01/2017;
03/10/2017 - 29/10/2017
Swing Callan Bergmann
Swing Maria Briggs
from 17/10/2016
Swing Joshua Burrage
from 03/10/2017
Swing Claire Camp
until 25/06/2017
Swing Spencer Clark
from 03/03/2017;
14/03/2017 - 26/03/2017
Swing Francesca Granell
Swing Kolton Krouse
from 31/01/2017;
18/07/2017 - 06/08/2017
Swing Harris Milgrim
Swing Jonalyn Saxer
31/01/2017 - 01/10/2017
Swing Dani Spieler
from 11/07/2017
Swing Tanner Ray Wilson
17/10/2016 (Dance Captain)

Gallery

Characters

Performance Images

Opening Night 31st July 2016

Promotional Images


Reviews and Articles

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"


Links

Official website

Playbill.com announcement

May 2016 Interview - Andy Blankenbuehler with Broadway Direct

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