The Cat Who Went to Heaven, featuring music and lyrics by Maya the Bee creator Nancy Harrow, was slated to begin weekly Saturday matinee performances Nov. 17 at the Culture Project. However, the production has now been postponed until 2008. The Culture Project presentation would have marked the stage debut of the musical.
In addition to penning the score, Harrow was slated to lend her voice as the cat, with a cast that also included Grady Tate, Daryl Sherman and Anton Krukowski and puppeteers Jane Catherine Shaw, Amanda Maddock, Melissa Creighton, Ayako Dean, Lake Simons, Timothy Conor McKee and Sarah Provost.
No reason was announced for the postponement or whether the cast would return for the delayed 2008 staging.
The story of The Cat Who Went to Heaven centers on "a struggling Japanese artist, his housekeeper, a Buddhist priest from the local temple and an inspirational cat. When the cat unexpectedly appears in the starving artist's studio, his fortune begins to change," according to press notes.
The creative team assembled included Jane Catherine Shaw (puppet design and construction, puppetry direction), Amanda Maddock (costume design) and Joseph Silovsky (set design). Ticket holders may return tickets or request a refund by contacting the Culture Project box office at (212) 925-1900 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on the Culture Project visit www.cultureproject.org.