SAN JOSE, CA — Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, is thrilled to announce that Cats — one of the biggest hits in theatrical history — will play San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts for a limited engagement from February 19-24 as part of a multi-season North American tour. [Click here for event information]
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, and it is now on tour across North America.
Cats returned to Broadway in 2016 in a stunning revival at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it officially opened on July 31, 2016. The revival played its final performance on December 30, 2017 after 16 previews and 593 regular performances. This production features new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation.
Originally directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography and associate direction by Gillian Lynne, scenic and costume design by John Napier, lighting design by David Hersey, and sound design by Abe Jacob, Cats opened in the West End in 1981.
The musical debuted on Broadway in 1982, and it won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Both the original London and Broadway cast recordings won Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album.
Cats spawned the hit song “Memory”, which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.
The Tony Award-winning Best Musical held the title of longest-running musical in Broadway history until it was surpassed in 2006 by Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The original Broadway production closed on September 10, 2000 and is currently recognized as the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history.
The cast of Jellicle cats includes Phillip Deceus as “Alonzo,” McGee Maddox as “Bill Bailey/Rum Tum Tugger,” Lexie Plath as “Bombalurina,” Mariah Reives as “Cassandra,” PJ DiGaetano as “Coricopat,” Liz Schmitz as “Demeter,” Keri René Fuller as “Grizabella,” Kaitlyn Davidson as “Jellylorum,” Emily Jeanne Phillips as “Jennyanydots,” Tion Gaston as “Mistoffelees,” Tony d’Alelio as “Mungojerrie,” Dan Hoy as “Munkustrap,” Timothy Gulan as “Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asparagus,” Tyler John Logan as “Plato/Macavity,” Anthony Michael Zas as “Pouncival,” Rose Iannaccone as “Rumpelteazer,” Ahren Victory as “Sillabub,” Ethan Saviet as “Skimbleshanks,” Halli Toland as “Tantomile,” Devin Neilson as “Tumblebrutus,” Brandon Michael Nase as “Victor/Old Deuteronomy,” Caitlin Bond as “Victoria,” and more.
Cats is presented as part of the Broadway San Jose 2018–19 season.
Broadway San Jose is a partnership between the Nederlander Organization of New York and Team San Jose, the managing entity for San Jose’s publicly-held performance venues and civic centers.