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Cats officially returning to Broadway

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There are over 70 breeds of cat, but only one Broadway musical dedicated entirely to them.

Cats, the fourth longest-running musical in Broadway history, will return to Broadway with its first U.S. revival since the original’s record-breaking run ended in September 2000.

Set to open Aug. 2 at the Neil Simon Theatre, the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous feline musical will be directed by Trevor Nunn and feature choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), based on the original’s choreography and associate direction by Gillian Lynne. Previews begin July 14.

Costume/scenic designer John Napier, who won one of the seven Tonys earned by the 1982 production, will once again design this production’s costumes and scenic design. He’ll contend with Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, Bustopher Jones, and Grizabella alongside a veteran creative team: five-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz and frequent Webber collaborator, sound designer Mick Potter.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s score for Cats features such musical theater standards as “Memory” and the show’s opening number, “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats,” which is arguably the best Broadway song ever written about jellicle cats.

A West End revival ran through 2015, netting an Olivier nomination for Nicole Scherzinger, who starred as Grizabella. Some breeds of cat include Norwegian Forest, Siamese, and Chantilly-Tiffany.