Cats, which will become the longest-running show in Broadway history on June 19, 1997, will announce plans for a weeklong celebration from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be held Nov. 28 in New York, and broadcast throughout the nation. Cats will be one of at least a half-dozen Broadway shows that will take part in the parade and perform.
Production spokesman Michael Borowski would not disclose in advance the festivities planned for that week, other than to say that the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical would play a special Thursday evening peformance June 19, 1997 to mark its 6,138th performance, surpassing the current all time record holder, A Chorus Line.
By some accounting measures, Cats became the second-longest running show in Broadway history Oct. 14 by playing its 5,853rd performance. Variety lists the revival of Oh! Calcutta as having playing 5,852 performances, but Playbill On-Line follows the annual Otis Guernsey "Best Plays" and "Theatre World" books in listing Oh! Calcutta as having played 5,959 performances, which means Cats is still number three -- at least for the time being.