ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S ICONIC MUSICAL CATS WILL PLAY ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2017 NATIONAL TOUR LAUNCHES AT THE PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER JANUARY 2019
Providence, RI – Producers The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization announced last night that the first-ever Broadway revival of CATS will play its final performance on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8P at the Neil Simon Theatre after 16 previews and 593 regular performances.
The CATS National Tour will officially open at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in Providence, RI in January 2019 before travelling to additional cities throughout the country. PPAC has been the theatre of choice for launching sixteen National Tours since 2008, including LES MISÉRABLES September 21 – 30, 2017, MISS SAIGON in the fall of 2018, and now, CATS in January 2019. Please see below for a complete list of National Tour Launches at PPAC.
The creative team for the new Broadway 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.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (currently home to Lloyd Webber’s newest hit, School of Rock – The Musical), 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.
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 New York revival of the beloved musical.
This new production of CATS is licensed by The Really Useful Group and produced by The Shubert Organization, The Nederlander Organization, The Really Useful Group and Cameron Mackintosh, along with Roy Furman, John Gore, Stella La Rue, Grove Entertainment, Burnt Umber Productions, Independent Presenters Network and Peter May. Nina Lannan serves as Executive Producer.
National Tour Launches at the Providence Performing Arts Center
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♥ TOPOL in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: February 10 – 15, 2009
♥ THE NEW MEL BROOKS MUSICAL YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: September 29 – October 4, 2009
♥ NETworks Presents DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST:February 9 – 14, 2010
♥ CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: October 7 – 14 2012
♥ ELF: November 4 – 10, 2012
♥ EVITA: September 8 – 14, 2013
♥ ONCE: October 1 – 6, 2013
♥ THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: November 27 – December 7, 2013
♥ Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA: October 10 – 18, 2014
♥ BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL: September 15 – 20, 2015
♥ Roundabout Theatre Company’s CABARET: January 26 – 31, 2016
♥ Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I: November 1-6, 2016
♥ LES MISÉRABLES – September 21 – 30, 2017
♥ MISS SAIGON – Fall 2018
♥ CATS: January 2019