Internet sensation Grumpy Cat became "the first genuine feline" to join the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats on September 30, when she took to the Neil Simon Theatre stage for a one-night-only appearance in the show's new Broadway revival.
Watch as Cats' Old Deuteronomy, played by actor Quentin Earl Darrington, presented Grumpy Cat with a certificate making her an honorary Jellicle Cat.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the original Broadway production of Cats opened in 1982. 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.
The musical's original West End and Broadway director Trevor Nunn helms the production, with choreography by Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne, and with associate direction by Lynne. The creative team for the new Broadway production includes sound design by Mick Potter, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and scenic and costume design by John Napier.
Along with Darrington, the Cats principal company features Eloise Kropp as Jennyanydots/Gumbie, Ricky Ubeda as Mr. Mistoffelees, Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger, and Leona Lewis as Grizabella.
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