CATS Returns to London’s West End Tonight
The Memory Lives Again! CATS surprised many, including Andrew Lloyd Webber himself, when it returned to London’s West End last season and won over audiences with smash hit ticket sales for the 11 weeks it was on stage. That success not only inspired a return to Broadway (More details below) but a second bow of the production in London’s West End this season! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that CATS returns to London’s West End Tonight!
CATS officially returns to London’s West End tonight with performances at the London Palladium (Pictured Right)! The show is a strictly limited engagement running for 11 weeks only through January 2nd, 2016. The musical returns to London’s West End following the critical success of its return to the West End in December 2014 starring Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella. That mounting of CATS and Scherzinger would both be nominated for Olivier Awards (Best Musical Revival & Best Actress In A Supporting Role). It ran for a limited engagement as well through April 2015 and was praised by critics unanimously. Scherzinger departed the production in February due to prior commitments and Kerry Ellis took over the role of Grizabella.
Leading CATS returns to Broadway is Beverley Knight (Pictured Left) as Grizabella. Knight was just seen headlining the London debut of the Tony Award winning Best Musical Memphis! Performing alongside Knight is Jack Butterworth as Rumpus/Alonzo, Danielle Cato as Cassandra, Javier Cid as Macavity/Admetus, Luke Cinque-White as Carbucketty, Emma Lee Clark as Bombalurina, Jon-Scott Clark as Bill Bailey, Gabrielle Cocca as Tantomile, Harry Francis as Mungojerrie, Tarryn Gee as Jemima, Evan James as Skimbleshanks, Matt Krzan as Munkustrap, Georgie Leatherland as Rumpelteazer, Adam Linstead as Old Deuteronomy, Paul F. Monaghan as Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones, Jane Quinn as Jennyanydots, Mark John Richardson as Quaxo/ Mistoffelees, Clare Rickard as Jellylorum, Jordan Shaw as Pouncival, Hannah Kenna Thomas as Victoria/ White Cat, James Titchener as Coricopat, Marcquelle Ward as Rum Tum Tugger and Anna Woodside as Demeter. Swings for the production include Megan Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Lucy Brushett, Oliver Ramsdale, Alex Pinder and Barry Haywood.
As mentioned above, Andrew Lloyd Webber is highly interested in bringing this new version of CATS to Broadway. He mentioned in an interview this past February that he hoped to bring CATS to Broadway in 2016. No official announcement regarding a Broadway bow has been made yet. However, Lloyd Webber has stated he would expect CATS in Fall 2016 as a mounting in spring 2016 is “a lot to ask” for his company which is currently mounting his new musical, School of Rock, at the Winter Garden. Previews for that begin November 9th, 2015. Lloyd Webber has also expressed deep interested in Nicole Scherzinger (Pictured Above Right) coming to Broadway as Grizbella. Just the other day, Scherzinger said on the Today Show she is in talks to bring her performance to Broadway in 2016 and “cannot wait”. I would love to see Scherzinger recreate her performance on Broadway in CATS. While we were unable to see this show in London, her recording of “Memory”, probably the most iconic song from CATS, is simply beautiful. We would love to be able to see that performance in person.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on CATS in London and a potential Broadway bow in 2016! We are looking forward to seeing this show return to New York with its new production qualities and hopefully its all-star leading lady, Scherzinger. Stay tuned for more and in the meantime, follow Luner on Theatre’s coverage of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, School of Rock, which kicks off on Broadway in the next few weeks! For more information visit CATS Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!