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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

CATS FIrst National Tour Philly news clip 1986

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

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[4]
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

December 1983

December 1983 Cast
Character Performer
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 Minahan
Swing Scott Dainton
Swing John Crutchman
Swing Danny Rounds
Swing Frankie Cassady
Swing Nancy Hess
Swing Lily Lee Wong
Swing Cathy Carson

Later Casts

1984 Cast
Character Performer
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

November 1984

Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia.

November 1984 Cast
Character Performer
Alonzo / Rumpus Cat Jamie Patterson
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones John Dewar
Bombalurina Cindi Klinger
Cassandra Jessica Northrop
Coricopat Allen Hidalgo
Demeter Dorothy Tancredi
Grizabella Diane Fratantoni
Jellylorum / Griddlebone Jennifer Butt
Jennyanydots Cindy Benson
Mistoffelees Barry K Bernal
Mungojerrie Todd Lester
Munkustrap Scott Dainton
Old Deuteronomy Calvin E Remsberg
Plato / Macavity Russell Warfield
Pouncival Brian Jay
Rum Tum Tugger David McDonald
Rumpleteazer Kelli Ann McNally
Sillabub Tina Decker
Skimbleshanks Willie Rosario
Tantomile Stephanie McConlough
Tumblebrutus Mark Esposito
Victoria Susan Zaguirre
Cats Chorus Anna Marie Gutierrez
Cats Chorus Peter Kevolan
Cats Chorus Bill Nolte
Cats Chorus Susanna Wells

June 1985 Cast

CINDY BENSON, CLENT BOWERS, JENNIFER BUTT, BILL CARMICHAEL, CATHY CARSON, JOHN CRUTCHMAN, JOHN DEWAR, MARVIN ENGRAN, NANCY HESS, ALLEN HIDALGO, BRIAN JAY, TAMARA JENKINS, CINDI KLINGER, JOSEPH KONICKI, STEPHANIE McCONLOUGH, 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

VICTORIA CLARK, JOANNE BAUM, GORDON CRAGG, SCOTT DAINTON, R. F. DALEY, 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, 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

References

  1. Ovrtur.com Database
  2. 2.0 2.1 Philadelphia Review / Report, 15 May 1987
  3. Review, Boston Dec 1983
  4. "The Year of The Cat" - Chicago Tribune, March 21st 1986