Celebrate 35 Years of Jellicle Cats on Broadway

Archival Photos   Celebrate 35 Years of Jellicle Cats on Broadway
The original Broadway production opened October 7, 1982.
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Cynthia Onrubia Martha Swope/©NYPL for the Performing Arts

The Winter Garden Theatre celebrated the opening of what would become one of the most successful musicals in the history of Broadway, Cats, on October 7, 1982. Andrew Lloyd Webber's rendition of the T.S. Eliot collection of poems, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, boasted advance sales of $6.2 million before it even opened. The show had sound and special effects, no dialogue, and a diva in the making, Betty Buckley, singing its most memorable tune, "Memory." Cats won seven Tony awards and played in more than 250 cities around the world. By the time it closed on Sept. 10, 2000, Cats had played 7,485 performances, far outpacing previous long-run champ, A Chorus Line.

Look through the photos below of original cast to celebrate the shows 35th anniversary:

The show was recently revived in 2016 at the Neil Simon Theatre and is scheduled to close December 30 after playing 16 previews and 593 regular performances.


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