You heard it right, dear Jellicle Readers. The hit musical “Cats” will pounce back to Broadway this summer for its first U.S. revival.
Set to open at the Neil Simon Theatre on Aug. 2, with previews beginning July 14, “Cats” returns with its original director Trevor Nunn and the lyrical score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
This time around, the feline choreography will be led by Andy Blankenbuehler, of “Hamilton,” based on the original work of Gillian Lynne.
“Cats” originally opened on Broadway in 1982 and was by any measure a game changer for theater. Based on a book of poems by T.S. Eliot, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the show created an other-worldly atmosphere at the Winter Garden Theatre and departed from traditional narrative.
And why am I writing about this? Because had it not been for this musical, we wouldn’t have had the Jellicle Blog in the first place.
Here’s a very quick “showtune showdown” from ABCnews.com that features Demeter in a cameo appearance.