“Cats” won’t be just a memory for long.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is coming back to Broadway this summer for the first time since closing a then record-setting run for longest show in 2000. The musical will be staged atthe Neil Simon Theatre, with previews starting onJuly 14and the official opening set forAug. 2.
Andy Blankenbuehler, who gave the Founding Fathers their slick moves in “Hamilton,” will do the same for the “Cats” revival, though it will be “based on the original choreography and associate direction by Gillian Lynne,” who choreographed the original production. The director will be Trevor Nunn, who most recently directed the Broadway revival of “Les Miserables.”
“Cats”opened in London in 1981, then on Broadway the following year. Since then, it’s been seen by audiences in 30 countries and translated into 15 languages. The show closed on Sept. 10, 2000, after 7,485 performances; only another Lloyd Webber musical,”Phantom of the Opera,” has run longer.
In case you haven’t seen Blankenbuehler’swork in “Hamilton” (you know, because youdon’t have a trust fund and can’t spare a soul to get tickets), here is the cast performing “Ten Duel Commandments” from the musicalduring a#Ham4Hampre-show.
And here is Blankenbuehler himself in action, also for a #Ham4Ham performance: