Cats will say farewell to Broadway.
Cats will say farewell to Broadway.
(© Matthew Murphy)

A closing date has been announced for the current Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, which opened July 31, 2016, at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical will play its last performance on December 30, 2017, having run 16 previews and 593 regular shows.

The musical's original West End and Broadway director Trevor Nunn helms the revival production, with choreography by Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne, and with associate direction by Lynne. The creative team for the new Broadway production will also include sound design by Mick Potter, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and scenic and costume design by John Napier.

A national tour will officially open at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, in January 2019 before traveling to additional cities throughout the country. The full tour schedule and other information will be announced in the coming months.

Based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the original Broadway production of Cats opened in 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre, currently home to Webber's School of Rock. The production ran for a record-breaking 18 years and 7,485 performances and earned six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score.

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