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BWW Review: Broadway Across Canada's Touring Production of CATS Proves Its Enduring A Photo BWW Review: Broadway Across Canada's Touring Production of CATS Proves Its Enduring Appeal
by Courtney Castelino - Mar 11, 2020

The touring production of CATS has changed in the more than fifteen years since I first saw it, but all of the elements that make the Andrew Lloyd Webber show a classic remain intact. The set is fairly simple: a junkyard where the cats congregate to celebrate the annual Jellicle Ball, when Old Deuteronomy (Adam Richardson) will choose which cat goes to the Heaviside Layer to be reborn. There are many contenders for the coveted position. We have Jennyanydots (Dani Goldstein), the seemingly lazy Gumbie cat who sleeps all day but works hard all night, demonstrated in a wonderful tap dancing sequence replete with a roaring twenties style flapper outfit. Then, there is the Rum Tum Tugger (McGee Maddox), the narcissistic, spoiled cat with the sexy swagger, who is a favourite of the lady-cats. Grizabella (Donna Vivino), the once glamourous cat, now past her prime and ostracized by the others. Gus, the Theatre Cat (Timothy Gulan), when aided by a toothful of gin, regales the audience with stories of his career on the stage, when he acted alongside theatre greats and once even 'understudied Dick Whittington's cat'. The Magical Mister Mistoffelees (PJ DiGaetano), shows off his impressive tricks and manages to conjure Old Deuteronomy, who was been kidnapped by Macavity (Brayden Newby), the nefarious 'Napoleon of crime'. Okay, so the plot is, perhaps, a little odd and the story may be disjointed. This is only natural, considering that the musical is based on a collection of whimsical poems written by T.S. Elliot for children. I think the reason CATS remains so popular after nearly forty years is because of the level of detail given to each character, from the costumes and make-up to each cat's story as they are introduced one by one, song by song, to the audience. Even the chorus cats have their own personalities. There is truly something for everyone in this show.

BWW Review: CATS at Shubert Theatre Photo BWW Review: CATS at Shubert Theatre
by Sean Fallon - Mar 6, 2020

While I have heard wonderful things about the musical CATS and about the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT, I had never experienced either until March 5, 2020, when both far exceeded my expectations when I saw this musical masterpiece phenomenally performed by an extraordinary cast, to a packed audience representing numerous demographics, leaving us all united with an amazing memory of such an incredible theatrical experience!

CATS Comes to The Fabulous Fox Theatre This April Photo CATS Comes to The Fabulous Fox Theatre This April
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 24, 2020

Producers announced casting for the North American tour of the first ever Broadway revival of CATS. The multi-year tour launched at Providence Performing Arts Center on January 22, 2019 and will play 40+ cities during its multi-year tour, including the Fabulous Fox Theatre from April 7-19.

Adam Vanek, McGee Maddox and More to Star in CATS National Tour Alongside Donna Vivin Photo Adam Vanek, McGee Maddox and More to Star in CATS National Tour Alongside Donna Vivino; New Casting Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 22, 2020

The Jellicle Cats include Adam Vanek as 'Alonzo,' McGee Maddox as 'Bill Bailey/Rum Tum Tugger,' Elyse Collier as 'Bombalurina,' Jordan Betscher as 'Cassandra,' Maurice Dawkins as 'Coricopat,' Alexa Racioppi as 'Demeter,' Donna Vivino as 'Grizabella,' Annemarie Rosano as 'Jellylorum,' Dani Goldstein as 'Jennyanydots,' PJ DiGaetano as 'Mistoffelees,' Ben Sears as 'Mungojerrie,' Zachary S. Berger as 'Munkustrap,' Timothy Gulan as 'Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asparagus,' Brayden Newby as 'Plato/Macavity,' Brett Michael Lockley as 'Pouncival,' Adriana Negron as 'Rumpleteazer,' Nevada Riley as 'Sillabub,' Giovanni DiGabriele as 'Skimbleshanks,' Melody Rose as 'Tantomile,' Cameron Edris as 'Tumblebrutus,' Adam Richardson as 'Victor/Old Deuteronomy,' Caitlin Bond as 'Victoria,' along with Erin Chupinsky, Alex Dorf, Devin Hatch, Madison Mitchell, Nathan Patrick Morgan, Charlotte O'Dowd, Austin Joseph Reynolds, Zachary Tallman, Tricia Tanguy and Loretta Williams.

BWW Review: New Choreography and a Powerhouse Cast Make For a Fur-midable Production  Photo BWW Review: New Choreography and a Powerhouse Cast Make For a Fur-midable Production of CATS
by Isabella Perrone - Nov 30, 2019

CATS is a show that, on paper, isn't necessarily an easy sell. The narrative is simple: once a year a group of cats come together for the jellicle ball, and their leader Old Deuteronomy selects one cat to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new life. There isn't too much structure to the plot besides that a?" cats come and go, introducing themselves and sometimes each other, and generally justa??do cat things. Because of all that, I wasn't the most optimistic viewer at the start of the night. By curtain call I was debating adopting a cat and naming it Mr. Mistoffelees, even with a lifelong track record of severe allergic reactions to the animals.

VIDEO: CATS on Tour's Grizabella, Keri Rene Fuller, Sings 'Memory' Photo VIDEO: CATS on Tour's Grizabella, Keri Rene Fuller, Sings 'Memory'
by Stage Tube - Nov 27, 2019

The new National Tour of CATS, based off the last Broadway revival, is on the road! The musical returns to Toronto starting tomorrow until January 5th at The Princess of Wales Theatre. Toronto news channel, Breakfast Television chatted with Keri Rene Fuller, who plays Grizabella, about the show, and she performed Memory.

BWW Review: CATS at The American Theatre Guild, Your Night Will Be a Memory Too Photo BWW Review: CATS at The American Theatre Guild, Your Night Will Be a Memory Too
by Craig Richardson - Nov 15, 2019

The American Theatre Guild opened their 2019-2020 season October 14th with the national Broadway touring production of Cats.

BWW Review: CATS is PAWSitively PURRfect at Dallas Summer Musicals Photo BWW Review: CATS is PAWSitively PURRfect at Dallas Summer Musicals
by Kyle Christopher West - Nov 9, 2019

It's been 38 years since Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega-hit CATS made its stage debut. 42 years earlier, T.S. Eliot had unknowingly penned the musical's lyrics in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, his 1939 collection of feline inspired poetry. While his poems were an unexpected source material for a song-and-dance operetta, the family-friendly musical quickly became a Broadway landmark, adopting the tagline a?oeNow and Forevera?? during its impressive 18-year New York City run.

BWW Review: CATS at Majestic Theatre Photo BWW Review: CATS at Majestic Theatre
by Kathy Strain - Oct 31, 2019

At any given day, in any given town, in any given house, in any given room, cats are beloved pets of millions of people all over the world. As such, stories can be told about how this cat or that cat stood out from the rest of the cat population to the cat owner who adores their fun furballs. But, has it ever really been understood what really goes on in a cat's mind? Do we really understand cats? Is it ever possible? T.S. Eliot adored cats and because of that, wrote Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. This was the inspiration behind Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS. This acclaimed and beloved musical is currently playing in San Antonio, Texas at the Majestic Theatre and opening night proved to the audience that the story of CATS continues to entertain and enthrall theater goers.

Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of CATS on Tour? Photo Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of CATS on Tour?
by Alan Henry - Oct 30, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the new national touring company of CATS! The Jellicle Cats include Phillip Deceus as 'Alonzo,' McGee Maddox as 'Bill BaileyRum Tum Tugger,' Lexie Plath as 'Bombalurina,' Mariah Reives as 'Cassandra,' PJ DiGaetano as 'Coricopat,' Liz Schmitz as 'Demeter,' Keri Rene 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 'PeterBustopher JonesAsparagus,' Tyler John Logan as 'PlatoMacavity,' 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 'VictorOld 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, and Andy Zimmermann.

BWW Review: CATS Prowls and Prances Into the Hobby Center Photo BWW Review: CATS Prowls and Prances Into the Hobby Center
by Suzanne Tidwell - Oct 24, 2019

World Series tickets may have been the hottest tickets Tuesday night, but they definitely weren't the only tickets in town. Patron lines at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts stretched across the lobby prior to opening, proof that Andrew Lloyd Webber's cornerstone musical really is 'Now and Forever Cats'.

BWW Flashback: Celebrate CATS' Anniversary With a Look Back at its History Photo BWW Flashback: Celebrate CATS' Anniversary With a Look Back at its History
by Linnae Medeiros - Oct 7, 2019

Jellicle Cats, come one, come all! Today marks the 37th anniversary of the original Broadway production of Cats! To celebrate the Tony and Olivier-Award winning musical, we're heading to the Jellicle Ball for a look back at the show's original and revival productions. Check out our guide for a look at the show's history and some of its most memorable moments.

BWW Review: CATS Brings the Jellicle Ball to the Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: CATS Brings the Jellicle Ball to the Kennedy Center
by Brandon Horwin - Sep 23, 2019

a?oeThe Memory Lives Againa?? at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as the National Tour of CATS takes the Opera House Stage. CATS has been entertaining audiences all over the world since its Broadway debut in 1982. Now, the newly imagined, yet classic CATS invites us into the junkyard all over again in Washington, DC.

Broadway's CATS On Sale At Hobby Center, August 2 Photo Broadway's CATS On Sale At Hobby Center, August 2
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 29, 2019

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Houston from October 22 to October 27, 2019 as part of a multi-season North American tour. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 2, 2019.

BWW Review: CATS at Starlight Theatre Photo BWW Review: CATS at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - Jul 10, 2019

A superb touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classical-dance-musical opera 'Cats' from 1982 opened Tuesday evening at Starlight Theatre inside Swope Park for a week long run. 'Cats' unlike many touring shows makes maximum use of its huge venue and the stage possibilities made available through it.

BWW Review: CATS at Popejoy Hall Photo BWW Review: CATS at Popejoy Hall
by Beth Leitman - May 17, 2019

BWW Review: Cats at Popejoy Hall

BWW Review: North American Tour of CATS Epitomizes Excellence Photo BWW Review: North American Tour of CATS Epitomizes Excellence
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - May 9, 2019

This production of CATS epitomizes excellence in musical theatre. Putting a show of this caliber in the capable hands of this almost universally young cast is a move that pays off. With fresh, revitalizing energy, soaring music, and jaw-dropping choreography, CATS is sure to delight fans of the original show and a whole new generation of theatergoers. Hurry up and catch this spectacular show before it leaves Austin on May 12th.

BWW Review: CATS Brings the Jellicle Ball to San Diego Photo BWW Review: CATS Brings the Jellicle Ball to San Diego
by E.H. Reiter - Apr 19, 2019

CATS captured the hearts and imaginations of people worldwide and the most current touring revival has found a home at Broadway San Diego though April 21st.

CATS Returns To Sacramento, April 2-7 Photo CATS Returns To Sacramento, April 2-7
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 26, 2019

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Sacramento from April 2 - 7 as part of a multi-season North American tour. Tickets are on sale now.

Casting Announced For North American Tour Of CATS Coming To Segerstrom Center Photo Casting Announced For North American Tour Of CATS Coming To Segerstrom Center
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 19, 2019

One of the biggest hits in musical theatrical history, CATS comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts April 9 - 14, 2019 as part of its North American Tour.

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