Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical “Cats” will return to Broadway this season, 15 years after wrapping up its record-breaking original run.
The first U.S. revival will begin performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on July 14, with an official opening set for Aug. 2.
Featuring a score by Lloyd Webber with lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, “Cats” is based on Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” telling the story of a pack of "Jellicle cats."
Original director Trevor Nunn and scenic and costume designer John Napier will return to the production. New to the team is choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton”), who will base his design on Gillian Lynne's original choreography and associate direction.
While no casting has been announced, former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger led a 2014 West End revival, and Lloyd Webber has said he hopes she’ll lead the New York production.
“Cats” opened on Broadway in 1982, and went on to play 7,485 performances. It holds the title as the second longest running Broadway show of all time (Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" holds the top spot). Since its 1981 premiere in London, “Cats” has been presented in over 30 countries, translated into 15 languages and been seen by more than 73 million people worldwide.