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 national tour was announced to open in January 2019.

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 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 resemble 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 based on that 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 are 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 updated version of the classic costume.

The Broadway Revival uses 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 exists 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 have also been 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


See the Casting Call for this production.

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



Performance Images

Opening Night 31st July 2016

Promotional Images

Reviews and Articles - ***, not impressed with Leona Lewis but liked the rest. - Very positive apart from Leona Lewis not being in the same league as Betty Buckley et al. - ***, Kitsch, dated... yet strangely adorable. - Positive but critical of Leona Lewis.

Daily - A tedious, clawing mess. - Complimentary to Leona Lewis. - Dated, not updated enough.

Hollywood - "Fans will lick it up", not very different to original. - "both pretentious and déclassé"


Official website announcement

May 2016 Interview - Andy Blankenbuehler with Broadway Direct

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