Cats Revival 2016

Run Time:
Two hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission
Ages: 6+
Opened: July 31, 2016
Closing: December 30, 2017

Cats - 2016 - Broadway History , Info & More

Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway)
250 W. 52nd St. New York, NY 10019

The record-breaking musical spectacular by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages is back on Broadway!



Based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," this wonderfully imaginative show features breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater- "Memory."



Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Featuring a cast of beautiful dancers and singers and the original Tony-winning sets and costumes, this beloved hit is still Broadway's most unforgettable event. Experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life for a new generation... or let it thrill you once again!

LET THE MEMORY LIVE AGAIN!

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'Cats': Theater Review
7 / 10

Although it remains to be seen whether this revival will live up to the original production's tagline of 'Now and Forever,' enough time has passed for a new generation of theatergoers to embrace the show, while those who saw the original (and liked it) will probably want to return for a blast of nostalgia. And with the dramatic upturn in tourists to the Big Apple in recent years, there's no reason to think that this Cats won't be purring on Broadway for a very long time.

Cats: Leona Lewis brings glitz but no grit to her Broadway debut
6 / 10

Directed by Trevor Nunn, and choreographed by the great Gillian Lynne, this Cats remains an evening of fluff and nonsense, really, with leg-warmers and cutesy costumes that should be risible to a cynic's eyes. Yet such is the innate confidence and innocent zest of this bizarre, feline spectacle that all cynicism just moults away.

Royal Ballet's Wayne McGregor Will Choreograph Tom Hooper's Big Screen Adaptation of CATS
by Nicole Rosky - June 21, 2018

The stage is being set for the Jellicle Ball! According to The Stage,  the Royal Ballet's resident choreographer, Wayne McGregor, has signed on to choreograph Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of Cats. Filming is set to begin in London this November. Casting is now underway.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Pens New Tune for CATS Film Adaptation
by A.A. Cristi - January 4, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical CATS, based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot, is one tiptoe closer to the big screen.

Happy Tails: CATS Takes Final Jellicle Pounce on Broadway Tonight!
by Nicole Rosky - December 30, 2017

The heavyside lair will welcome a few more Cats than usual today. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the first-ever Broadway revival of Cats will play its final performance at 8 PM tonight, December 30, 2017 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd Street) after 16 previews and 593 regular performances.

Photo Flash: Mamie Parris and the Cast of CATS Pose with Adorable, Adoptable Felines
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2017

Each year, six to eight million dogs and Cats will enter shelters and rescue groups, but only about half will be adopted. To encourage shelter pet adoption during the holiday season, the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic Broadway hit Cats have teamed up with The Shelter Pet Project to help these furry friends find their forever homes. Scroll down for photos of the company posing with some adorable, furry companions, plus watch their PSA here!

VIDEO: Broadway's CATS Supports Shelter Felines, Pet Adoption in New Campaign
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2017

Each year, six to eight million dogs and Cats will enter shelters and rescue groups, but only about half will be adopted. To encourage shelter pet adoption during the holiday season, the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic Broadway hit Cats have teamed up with The Shelter Pet Project to help these furry friends find their forever homes. As part of the partnership, the Cats cast took part in a purr-fect PSA to reinforce the importance of shelter pet adoption and how adoption has personally impacted their lives. Watch the PSA below!

Service Dog Runs Amok During CATS Opening Number!
by Caryn Robbins - December 6, 2017

We've all heard the old expression 'fights like cats and dogs.' Well a service dog who was present at a recent performance of Broadway's CATS may have taken the phrase to a whole new level at the Neil Simon Theater!

Social: CATS' Sarah M Jenkins Takes Over BroadwayWorld's Instagram Today
by Julie Musbach - November 11, 2017

Get on board, cats and kittens, Sarah Marie Jenkins is taking us behind the scenes of Cats on Instagram today!

Photo Coverage: Me-Wow! CATS Celebrates 500 Performances on Broadway
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - October 15, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Cats just celebrated its 500th performance on Broadway, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below!

Exclusive Photo Coverage: CATS Pounces Into the Holidays with Carols For A Cure!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - December 2, 2017

Below, check out exclusive photos of the cast of CATS as they record their track, 'Joy to the World.'

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes CATS Star Tyler Hanes
by Theater People Podcast - August 30, 2017

On Wednesday, August 30, Theater People podcast welcomes CATS star Tyler Hanes. Since making his Broadway debut as a teenager in 2002's OKLAHOMA, Hanes has racked up nine Broadway credits including HAIRSPRAY, THE BOY FROM OZ, SWEET CHARITY, A CHORUS LINE, and ON THE TOWN.

Photo Flash: CATS Revival Claws Into Cake, Celebrates One Year on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - August 1, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Cats just celebrated its first anniversary back on Broadway, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below!

Podcast: Half Hour Call w/ Chris King Welcomes CATS' Jessica Cohen
by Half Hour Call with Chris King - July 25, 2017

Today's guest is Jessica Cohen. Jessica is currently Sillabub in CATS on Broadway, after touring across America with the First National Tour of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Previously, she was a professional ballet dancer with the Sarasota Ballet and the Northern Ballet in England. Jessica gives some great advice for getting over nerves before performing. She also talks about how she first started rapping and of course, I had to have her do it on the show!

VIDEO: The Memory Lives Again with CATS Resident Grizabella, Mamie Parris
by A.A. Cristi - July 20, 2017

Mamie Parris, who plays the iconic role of 'Grizabella the Glamour Cat' in the first-ever Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS, visited Fox 5 today to deliver her impressive take on the classic ballad, 'Memory.'

Four New Felines to Purr in CATS on Broadway This Summer
by BWW News Desk - July 12, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Cats will welcome four new 'Jellicle Cats' to the junkyard.

Broadway Revival of CATS Headed to the Heaviside Layer This Winter; National Tour to Kick Off in Providence!
by BWW News Desk - June 21, 2017

Producers The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization announced today that the first-ever Broadway revival of CATS will play its final performance at 8 PM on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd Street) after 16 previews and 593 regular performances. Preview performances of CATS began Thursday, July 14, 2016 followed by a Sunday, July 31, 2016 opening night.

TDF to Offer First Autism-Friendly Performance of Broadway's CATS
by BWW News Desk - June 7, 2017

TDF's Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI), which presents autism-friendly performances of Broadway shows for an audience of families with children and adults on the autism spectrum, launches its seventh season with the first-ever autism-friendly performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, Cats.

VIDEO: CATS Runner-Up Performance at BC/EFA Broadway Bonnets Paws at Pop Culture
by Julie Musbach - April 30, 2017

Broadway's best shared playful parodies, stirred emotions and delivered dance-driven delights at the 31st annual Easter Bonnet Competition, which raised a record-shattering $6,379,572 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. It's the single highest fundraising total in Broadway Cares history. Cats won runner-up, check out the hilarious performance!

Photo Flash: Jessica Hendy and the Cast of CATS Sing for Seniors in Midtown
by BWW News Desk - March 14, 2017

On March 9th, 2017, Sing For Your Seniors (SFYS) hosted the latest in its series of Broadway Sessions with cast members from Cats for the LGBT seniors at SAGE Center Midtown. The musical performance, led by SFYS Session Leader Daniel Torres (Broadway: Beautiful, Evita, The Pirate Queen, The Woman in White, Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz, National Tour: Wicked), included songs of the performers' choosing as well as songs from Cats. The SAGE Center audience enjoyed a one-hour session, as well as a meet-and-greet visit with the cast following the performance. Scroll down for photos from the event!

BWW Interview: Betty Buckley Chats About Her New Album, SPLIT, and Returning To Broadway
by Leigh Scheps - March 1, 2017

It's been nothing but 'memories' for Betty Buckley this theater season. She won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Grizabella, the glamour cat, in Cats when it opened in 1982 and replaced Glenn Close as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Both shows are in revival runs right now on Broadway.

STAGE TUBE: CATS Company Pounces on Broadway in New TV Commercial
by Stage Tube - January 20, 2017

Broadway veteran Mamie Parris recently assumed the iconic role of 'Grizabella the Glamour Cat' in the first-ever Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS. The show just unveiled a new TV commercial, featuring Parris and the company in action - check it out below!

Cats FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats
The Naming of Cats
The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball
The Old Gumbie Cat
The Rum Tum Tugger
Grizabella, the Glamour Cat
Bustopher Jones
Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer
Old Deuteronomy
The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and Pollicles
The Marching Songs of the Pollicle Dogs
The Jellicle Ball
Memory
The Moments of Happiness
Gus: The Theatre Cat
Growltiger's Last Stand
The Ballad of Billy McCaw
Skimbleshanks
Macavity
Mr. Mistoffolees
The Journey to the Heavyside Layer
The Ad-dressing of Cats
In Quella Tepida Notte
Cats has had 11 productions including West End which opened in 1981, Broadway which opened in 1982, Broadway which opened in 1982, London Fringe which opened in 2004, US Tour which opened in 2011, US Tour which opened in 2011, West End which opened in 2014, West End which opened in 2015, Broadway which opened in 2016, US Tour which opened in 2019 and US Tour which opened in 2021.
Cats has been nominated for Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for Mick Potter and Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical at the Drama League Awards for Cats.

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