Keri Rene Fuller, Dan Hoy & More Will Lead CATS National Tour!
Today, in celebration of National Cat Day, producers announced casting for the North American tour of the first ever Broadway revival of Cats. The multi-year tour will launch at Providence Performing Arts Center on January 22, 2019 and play 24 cities in its first season.
The Jellicle Cats include Phillip Deceus as "Alonzo," McGee Maddox as "Bill Bailey/Rum Tum Tugger," Lexie Plath as "Bombalurina," Mariah Reives as "Cassandra," PJ DiGaetano as "Coricopat," Liz Schmitz as "Demeter," Keri René Fuller as "Grizabella," Kaitlyn Davidson as "Jellylorum," Emily Jeanne Phillips as "Jennyanydots," Tion Gaston as "Mistoffelees," Tony D'Alelio as "Mungojerrie," Dan Hoy as "Munkustrap," Timothy Gulan as "Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asparagus," Tyler John Logan as "Plato/Macavity," Anthony Michael Zas as "Pouncival," Rose Iannaccone as "Rumpelteazer," Ahren Victory as "Sillabub," Ethan Saviet as "Skimbleshanks," Halli Toland as "Tantomile," Devin Neilson as "Tumblebrutus," Brandon Michael Nase as "Victor/Old Deuteronomy," Caitlin Bond as "Victoria," along with Zachary S. Berger, Nicholas Burrage, Erin Chupinsky, Maria Failla, Justin W. Geiss, Charlotte O'Dowd, Adam Richardson, Tricia Tanguy, Andy Zimmermann and more to be announced.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages and is soon to be on tour across North America! Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation - experience Cats for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again!
Below is a list of announced first year tour stops for Cats, with additional cities to follow.
Providence, RI: Providence Performing Arts Center, January 22 - January 27, 2019
Hartford, CT: Bushnell Center, January 29 - February 3, 2019
Buffalo, NY: Shea's Performing Arts Center, February 5 - February 10, 2019
San Jose, CA: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, February 19 - February 24, 2019
Los Angeles, CA: Hollywood Pantages, February 26 - March 24, 2019
Seattle, WA: The Paramount Theatre, March 26 - March 31, 2019
Sacramento, CA: Community Center, Theater April 2 - April 7, 2019
Costa Mesa, CA: Segerstrom Center, April 9 - April 14, 2019
San Diego, CA: Civic Theater, April 16 - April 21, 2019
Denver, CO: Buell Theatre, April 24 - April 28, 2019
Tucson, AZ: Centennial Hall, April 30 - May 5, 2019
Austin, TX: Bass Concert Hall, May 7 - May 12, 2019
Alto, NM: Spencer Theater, May 14 - May 15, 2019
Albuquerque, NM: Popejoy Hall, May 16 - May 19, 2019
Oklahoma City, OK: Civic Center Music Hall, May 21 - May 26, 2019
Fayetteville, AR: Walton Arts Center, May 28 - June 2, 2019
Durham, NC: Durham Performing Arts Center, June 4 - June 9, 2019
Cincinnati, OH: Aronoff Center, June 11 - June 16, 2019
Philadelphia, PA: Forrest Theatre, June 18 - June 30, 2019
Kansas City, MO: Starlight Theatre, July 9 - July 14, 2019
Chicago, IL: Oriental Theatre, July 16 - August 4, 2019
Atlanta, GA: Fox Theatre, August 6 - August 11, 2019
Charlotte, NC: Belk Theater, August 13 - August 18, 2019
Hershey, PA: Hershey Theatre, August 20 - August 25, 2019
The original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. Cats was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen, and The Shubert Organization.
CATS returned to Broadway in 2016 in a stunning revival at the Neil Simon Theatre. Preview performances began Thursday, July 14, 2016, and officially opened on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Cats played its final performance on Saturday, December 30, 2017 after 16 previews and 593 regular performances.
The creative team for the new production of Cats includes John Napier (Scenic & Costume Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Mick Potter (Sound Design), choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne, and direction by Trevor Nunn.
Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 15 languages, and has been seen by more than 73 million people worldwide. Originally directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography and associate direction by Gillian Lynne, scenic and costume design by John Napier, lighting design by David Hersey, and sound design by Abe Jacob, Cats opened in the West End in 1981. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1982 where it won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album. Cats hit song "Memory" has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical held the title of longest-running musical in Broadway history until it was surpassed in 2006 by Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. The original Broadway production closed on September 10, 2000 and is currently the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history. This marks the first tour of the first-ever Broadway revival of the iconic musical.
For more information, please visit CatsTheMusical.com