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The first US Tour of Cats ran from 21st December 1983 to 8th November 1987 [1] The production was a "Slow Tour", designed to only play large cities for relatively long runs.

It was produced by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen and The Shubert Organization.

Unlike the fore-running Broadway production, Rumpus Cat was played by Alonzo, not Plato, bringing the tour in line with most worldwide productions.

Creative Team Edit

CATS FIrst National Tour Philly news clip 198601:29

CATS FIrst National Tour Philly news clip 1986

Composer - Andrew Lloyd Webber

Executive producers - R. Tyler Gatchell Jr. and Peter Neufeld

Director - Trevor Nunn

Associate Director and Choreographer - Gillian Lynne

Costume and Set Designer - John Napier

Musical Directors - Stanley Lebowsky and Thomas Helm

Orchestrations - David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lighting Designer - David Hersey

Sound Designer - Martin Levan

Make-up Design - Candace Carrell[2]

Production Manager - David Taylor

Tour Dates Edit

City Theatre Dates
Boston, Massachusetts Shubert Theatre at the Boch Center December 21, 1983 - May 5, 1984 [3]
Washington, DC National Theatre May 11, 1984 - November 25, 1984
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Forrest Theatre November 30, 1984 - March 16, 1985
Chicago, Illinois Shubert Theatre March 23, 1985 - June 1, 1986
Denver, Colorado Ellie Caulkins Opera House June 5, 1986 - July 5, 1986
San Francisco, California Golden Gate Theatre July 9, 1986 - January 31, 1987
Detroit, Michigan Fisher Theatre February 5, 1987 - May 9, 1987
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Forrest Theatre May 14, 1987 - July 4, 1987
Washington, DC National Theatre July 9, 1987 - September 13, 1987
Boston, Massachusetts Shubert Theatre at the Boch Center September 17, 1987 - November 7, 1987

Cast Edit

December 1983 Edit

December 1983 Cast
Alonzo / Rumpus Cat Jamie Patterson
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Sal Mistretta
Bombalurina Cindi Klinger
Cassandra Charlotte d'Amboise
Coricopat Allen Hidalgo
Demeter Pamela Blasetti
Grizabella Laurie Beechman
Jellylorum / Griddlebone Jennifer Butt
Jennyanydots Cindy Benson
Mistoffelees Jamie Torcellini
Mungojerrie Ray Roderick
Munkustrap Mark Dovey
Old Deuteronomy Kevin Marcum
Plato / Macavity Russell Warfield
Pouncival Barry K Bernal
Rum Tum Tugger Rich Hebert
Rumpleteazer Kelli Ann McNally
Sillabub Tina Decker
Skimbleshanks Anthony Whigas
Tantomile Tori Brenno
Tumblebrutus Thomas McManus
Victoria Susan Zaguirre
Cats Chorus John Dewar
Cats Chorus Janene Lovullo
Cats Chorus Calvin E Remsberg
Cats Chorus Susanna Wells
Swing Joseph Konicki
Swing Greg Minihan
Swing Scott Dainton
Swing John Crutchman
Swing Danny Rounds
Swing Frankie Cassady
Swing Nancy Hess
Swing Lily Lee Wong
Swing Cathy Carson

Later Casts Edit

1984 Cast
Alonzo / Rumpus Cat Jamie Patterson
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Sal Mistretta
Bombalurina Cindi Klinger
Cassandra Charlotte d'Amboise
Coricopat Allen Hidalgo
Demeter Pamela Blasetti
Grizabella Diane Fratantoni
Jellylorum / Griddlebone Jennifer Butt
Jennyanydots Cindy Benson
Mistoffelees Jamie Torcellini
Mungojerrie Ray Roderick
Munkustrap Mark Dovey
Old Deuteronomy Calvin E Remsberg
Plato / Macavity Russell Warfield
Pouncival Barry K Bernal
Rum Tum Tugger Rich Hebert
Rumpleteazer Kelli Ann McNally
Sillabub Tina Decker
Skimbleshanks Anthony Whigas
Tantomile Tori Brenno
Tumblebrutus Thomas McManus
Victoria Susan Zaguirre

June 1985 Cast Edit

DIANE FRATANTONI as "Grizabella", CINDY BENSON, CLENT BOWERS, JENNIFER BUTT, BILL CARMICHAEL, CATHY CARSON, JOHN CRUTCHMAN, SCOTT DAINTON, TINA DECKER, JOHN DEWAR, MARVIN ENGRAN, MARK ESPOSITO, DOUGLAS GRAHAM, ANNA MARIE GUTIERREZ, NANCY HESS, ALLEN HIDALGO, BRIAN JAY, TAMARA JENKINS, CINDI KLINGER, JOSEPH KONICKI, TODD LESTER, PAUL MACK, STEPHANIE McCONLOUGH, KELLI ANN McNALLY, ROBERT MEADOWS, JESSICA NORTHROP, JAMIE PATTERSON, CALVIN E. REMSBERG, WILLIE ROSARIO, DANNY ROUNDS, CLAUDIA SHELL, DOROTHY TANCREDI, RUSSELL WARFIELD, SUSANNA WELLS and SUSAN ZAGUIRRE  

September 1986 Cast Edit

VICTORIA CLARK, BOB AMORE, FRED ANDERSON, JOANNE BAUM, BILL CARMICHAEL, GORDON CRAGG, SCOTT DAINTON, R. F. DALEY, MARK ESPOSITO, PATRICIA FORESTIER, ANNA MARIE GUTIERREZ, TONY JAEGER, BRIAN JAY, TAMARA JENKINS, ANDREA KARAS, DIANA KAVILIS, ERIC SCOTT KINCAID, KELBY KIRK, CINDI KLINGER, TODD LESTER, JOE LOCARRO, JANENE LOVULLO, PAUL MACK, KELLI ANN McNALLY, FRANK MASTRONE, RON MEIER, JESSICA MOLASKEY, KIM NOOR, CALVIN E. REMSBERG, DANNY ROUNDS, RICHARD STAFFORD, SALLY ANN SWARM, REBECCA TIMMS, SUZANNE VIVERITO and SUSAN ZAGUIRRE 

May 1987 Cast 

Cats Chorus - Raissa Catona, Gus - Frank Mastrone  

Media Coverage Edit

References Edit

  1. http://www.ovrtur.com/production/2901239
  2. 2.0 2.1 Philadelphia Review / Report, 15 May 1987
  3. http://www.csmonitor.com/1983/1229/122908.html

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