Cats 1981

Ages: 6+
Opened: May 11, 1981
Closing: May 11, 2002

Cats - 1981 - West End History , Info & More

Based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

The longest running, most popular, North American Touring Production in history!

There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theatre than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of CATS. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song "Memory."

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Bernadette Peters & Lea Salonga Will Lead STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS in LA and on Broadway
by Joshua Wright - Apr 8, 2024

Center Theatre Group (CTG) announced today the North American premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, starring Bernadette Peters (Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun) and Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Here Lies Love), and directed by Sir Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake, My Fair Lady), playing at the Ahmanson Theatre from February 8—March 9, 2025. 

DIANA THE MUSICAL Returns to The Stage at Frederick's Way Off Broadway
by Blair Ingenthron - Mar 24, 2024

For the first time since the show premiered on Broadway in 2021, the musical Diana has returned to the stage.  This time in a brand new staging at Frederick's Way Off Broadway as part of the theatre's 30th Anniversary Season. 

Cult Film Legends Mink Stole & Peaches Christ to Bring New Tour To NYC & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 31, 2024

Cult film legends Mink Stole and Peaches Christ are bringing their new cabaret show 'IDOL WORSHIP' to NYC on Feb. 16-17.

Review: Broadway Talents Honor Olivia Newton-John at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - Jan 19, 2024

Hosted by Scott Coulter at OC's Segerstrom Center, this beautifully-curated 'greatest hits' showcase celebrating Olivia Newton-John provided an entertaining tribute, delivered via superb performances from the likes of Jessica Hendy, David Burnham, and Mike Schwitter, plus a first-person testimonial from her longtime producer John Farrar.

CATS is Now Available to Stream on Netflix
by Stephi Wild - Jan 18, 2024

The 2019 film adaptation of CATS is Now Available to Stream on Netflix in the US. Find out how and where to watch CATS here!

Theatrical Producer Martin McCallum Has Passed Away
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 17, 2024

Martin McCallum, FRSA, has passed away at age 73.

Feinstein's to Present Craig A. Meyer - REMEMBER WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG �" THE ELTON JOHN EXPERIENCE on New Year's Eve
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2023

Ring in the New Year at Feinstein’s with the amazing Craig A. Meyer - REMEMBER WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG – THE ELTON JOHN EXPERIENCE. Enjoy two great shows featuring Meyer's strong vocals and incredible talent.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Wins Copyright Case Against Former Dancer Who Claimed He Wrote 'Memory'
by Blair Ingenthron - Dec 17, 2023

Andrew Lloyd Webber has won a copyright battle over 'Memory' from CATS, after a former dancer claimed he wrote the song.

Betty Buckley to Return to Joe's Pub for Six Shows in May 2024
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 14, 2023

Betty Buckley is set to return to Joe's Pub this spring. Learn more details and see how to purchase tickets!

Joanna Lumley Joins RADIO LIVE at Chichester Festival Theatre in January 2024
by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2023

They're back! Five years after two sell-out shows, “RADIO LIVE” returns to Chichester Festival Theatre on Saturday 20 January 2024 for another two irresistible performances.

by A.A. Cristi - Nov 28, 2023

Hopelessly Devoted: The Music of Olivia Newton-John Presented By Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a musical event featuring the iconic songs of Olivia Newton-John. Contact Segerstrom Center for the Arts for more information.

Way Off Broadway to Hold Auditions For DIANA - THE MUSICAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 14, 2023

Way Off Broadway announces auditions for its regional theatre premiere production of Diana - The Musical. Auditions will be held on December 11th. The show tells the story of Princess Diana and her impact on England.

Betty Buckley Joins the Cast of Blumhouse Horror Film IMAGINARY
by Stephi Wild - Nov 14, 2023

Broadway veteran Betty Buckley has joined the cast of upcoming Blumhouse horror film, 'Imaginary.' Buckley and Tom Payne round out the cast, alongside Taegen Burns, Pyper Braun, Matthew Sato, and Veronica Falcón. 

MOMENTS, A MUNY DOCUSERIES Examines the 106-Year History of The Muny in St. Louis
by James Lindhorst - Nov 4, 2023

“Moments, A Muny Docuseries” is the brainchild of Colby Dezelick, The Muny’s Digital Communications Manager. He told Broadway World that this documentary series will focus on the century long history of The Muny. He shared that episode will examine specific moments in the timeline of The Muny and the blind courage it took to create an outdoor performance space that has now become a legendary theater. In fact, the first episode is titled “Blind Courage.” As part of the production process Dezelick hand selected St. Louis Actor Rich Pisarkiewicz to serve as the narrator for the series. 

The Way Off Broadway Announces 30th Anniversary Season
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 22, 2023

The 2024 Season marks a landmark for one of the area's most established and respected theatre organizations.  With the opening of Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced on January 19, 2024, The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre will kick off its Blockbuster 30th Anniversary Season. To celebrate the milestone, WOB's producers have announced a line-up that includes regional premiere productions of some of the newest and biggest name shows to appear on Broadway in recent seasons.

Single Event Tickets for the Lied Center's Spectacular 2023-2024 Season on Sale August 17
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 14, 2023

On August 17, 2023, the public will get their first access to single event tickets for the Lied Center's 2023-2024 season featuring more than 30 events including top artists and ensembles from around the world in dance, classical music, jazz, musical theater, comedy, family, illusion, and more.  

Wake Up With BWW 8/14: Learn About PURLIE VICTORIOUS, THE NOTEBOOK, and More!
by - Aug 14, 2023

Top stories: Learn all about @purliebway, plus what we know so far about the musical adaptation of The Notebook, and more!

Stephen Bogardus, Lana Gordon & More to Star in World Premiere Musical ON CEDAR STREET at Berkshire Theatre Group
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 19, 2023

Get ready for the world premiere musical 'ON CEDAR STREET' at Berkshire Theatre Group, starring Stephen Bogardus and Lana Gordon. Experience the magic and unforgettable performances in this spectacular new production. Don't miss out on this enchanting musical event!

Who Will Win at the 2023 Tony Awards?
by Team BWW - Jun 9, 2023

Which Best Musical and Best Play nominees will take home the ultimate prize at the 2023 Tony Awards? We're breaking it down.

What Are The Smallest Parts to Win Tony Awards?
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Jun 10, 2023

While the large majority of those who have won Tony Awards for performances on Broadway have put in significant stage time in their roles, there are a few notable exceptions. Who are the artists who impressed Tony voters so much that they won their trophies, even with relatively minimal stage time?

City Lit Sets 2023-24 Season; Producer/Artistic Director Terry McCabe to Retire
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 15, 2023

City Lit Producer and Artistic Director Terry McCabe announced that the theatre’s 2023-2024 season—its forty-third—will be his last on its staff. 

The Lied Center Reveals Lineup For 2023-24 Season
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2023

The Lied Center’s 2023-2024 season will feature more than 30 events including top artists and ensembles from around the world in dance, classical music, jazz, musical theater, comedy, family, illusion, and more.  

Broadway Legend Baayork Lee to Direct and Choreograph CATS at City Springs Theatre Company
by Blair Ingenthron - Apr 28, 2023

For the final show of its acclaimed 2022-2023 PNC Bank season, City Springs Theatre Company (CSTC) will bring Tony Award-recipient Baayork Lee back to Atlanta to helm the renowned Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, CATS. Ms. Lee directs and choreographs the production, running May 5-21, 2023, in the Byers Theatre at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.

CATS Comes To Bank Of America Performing Arts Center In May!
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 25, 2023

The American Theatre Guild will present one of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS. This production is part of the BROADWAY IN THOUSAND OAKS SERIES and will take the Bank of America Performing Arts Center stage May 11–14, 2023.

Video: Andrew Lloyd Webber Sends Message Of Support to Ukrainian Students Performing CATS in Bomb Shelter
by Alan Henry - Mar 23, 2023

Students at a school in Kiyv recorded a production of the musical CATS from their bomb shelter amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Other Productions of Cats

1981   West End Original London Production
West End
1982   Broadway Original Broadway Production
2004   London Fringe London Revival
London Fringe
2011   US Tour National Tour
US Tour
2014   West End West End Revival
West End
2016   West End West End 2015 Revival Production
West End
2016   Broadway Broadway Revival Production
2019   US Tour US Revival Tour
US Tour
2021   US Tour Non-Equity Tour
US Tour
2024   Off-Broadway Off-Broadway Production

Cats - 1981 West End Awards and Nominations

Note: Award winners will appear on a background
Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2002 Olivier Awards Audience Award for Most Popular Show 0
1981 Evening Standard Awards Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical 0
1981 Olivier Awards Actor of the Year in a Musical Wayne Sleep
1981 Olivier Awards Designer of the Year John Napier
1981 Olivier Awards Director of the Year Trevor Nunn
1981 Olivier Awards Musical of the Year Andrew Lloyd Webber
1981 Olivier Awards Musical of the Year Trevor Nunn
1981 Olivier Awards Musical of the Year Richard Stilgoe
1981 Olivier Awards Outstanding Achievement of the Year in a Musical Gillian Lynne