Andrew Lloyd Webber Is Officially Reviving His Hit Show Cats On Broadway This Summer (16), 16 Years After The Last Record-breaking Production Closed.
The musical, based on a T.S. Eliot poem, returned to the West End stage in London in 2014, with pop star Nicole Scherzinger in the lead role, and a year ago, the British theatre mogul revealed his plans to take the show back to the Big Apple.
It's now been announced that Cats will creep back into the spotlight at the Neil Simon Theatre when previews begin on 14 July (16), ahead of a launch on 2 August (16).
Trevor Nunn, who took charge of the original 1982 run and the recent West End shows, will be back to direct the latest revival, while Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler will choreograph the show.
Casting details have yet to be unveiled, but former Pussycat Dolls star Nicole previously admitted she would love to reprise her character Grizabella and make her Broadway debut.
"Andrew and I have been talking about bringing it back to Broadway next year...," she told U.S. breakfast show Today in October (15). "I'd not seen it (the original Cats production) before playing Grizabella and being back on the stage really felt like home. I can't wait to come here. I love New York, I love this town."
The previous Cats production became the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history, before closing in 2000 after 18 years.