The first cruise production of Cats opened on Royal Carribbean's 'Oasis of the Seas' at 2nd November 2014.
Production Specifics EditThis production of Cats is performed "in rep", alternating with a circus-style show, with many of the cast playing in both shows.While this version is produced by Royal Carribbean, the whole show is now based on the UK/European version of Cats with the exception that, like in every American production, the Ballad of Billy McCaw is replaced by the Italian aria In Una Tepida Notte.
The costume designs are UK style, although many of the wigs are styled in a more 'ragged' variation of the original designs. Originally the US Troika Tour costumes were to be used, but with the Palladium production combining the properties of the UK Tour and the German Tent Tour, a full set of costumes became available and are used in this production. Troika are still involved with the costume maintenance. The set (NAP 18) is notably similar to the one of the German Tent Tour (NAP 19).
The production still uses the "Rockstar" original version of Tugger's character (instead of the "Street Cat" version that had its premiere in London in 2014). However, the choreography of the Jellicle Ball has been reworked.
Creative Team Edit
Associate Director & Choreographer (2014): Chrissie Cartwright
Associate Director & Choreographer (2015-2020): Michael Clowers
Music Supervisor: Graham Hurman
Royal Carribbean Music Supervisor: Ben Bryant
November 2014 Edit
Erica Hansen, who plays Jennyanydots, is the only actress who has been in a production of Cats (US National/Troika tour) before; all the others are making their debuts in Cats.