The “Memory” Lives Again as Cats Revival Opens

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Leona Lewis performs “Memory” in the Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
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The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization present the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats, which officially opens July 31 at 5 PM following previews that began July 14 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W. 52nd Street).

Chart-topping British pop star Leona Lewis plays the role of Grizabella the Glamour Cat — the role originally created in London by Elaine Paige and subsequently on Broadway by Betty Buckley — in the revival. She performs the show’s stand-out hit “Memory.”

It’s obviously a huge, important moment in the show, and I take it very seriously. I’m putting my all into this.

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Lewis has sold over 20 million records worldwide, reached #1 in over 35 countries, and is a three-time Grammy nominee, seven-time BRIT Award nominee and has also been nominated for MTV VMAs, EMAs, Billboard and, most recently, in 2016, a CMT award for her performance of “Girl Crush” with Adam Lambert.

The company also includes Giuseppe Bausilio as Carbucketty, Quentin Earl Darrington as Old Deuteronomy, Jeremy Davis as Skimbleshanks, Kim Faure as Demeter, Sara Jean Ford as Jellylorum, Lili Froehlich as Electra, Daniel Gaymon as Macavity, Shonica Gooden as Rumpleteazer, Christopher Gurr as Gus/Bustopher Jones, Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger, Andy Huntington Jones as Munkustrap, Kolton Krouse as Tumblebrutus, Eloise Kropp as Jennyanydots / Gumbie, Jess LeProtto as Mungojerrie, New York City Ballet's Georgina Pazcoguin as Victoria, Emily Pynenburg as Cassandra, Arianna Rosario as Sillabub, Ahmad Simmons as Alonzo, Christine Cornish Smith Bombalurina, Corey Snide as Coricopat, Emily Tate as Tantomile, Ricky Ubeda as Mistoffelees, and Sharrod Williams as Pouncival,as well as Richard Todd Adams, Aaron Albano, Callan Bergmann, Claire Camp, Francesca Granell, Jessica Hendy, Harris Milgrim, Madison Mitchell, Nathan Patrick Morgan and Megan Ort.

PHOTOS: Meet the new cast of Cats below!

Producers recently announced details of a digital lottery, which follow:
A limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold via digital lottery. The lottery will open at 10 AM ET and will remain open until 3 PM ET for evening performances. For two-show days, the lottery will open at noon and close at 3 PM. For matinee performances, the lottery will open at 8:30 AM and close at 11 AM. Winners will be notified by e-mail minutes after drawing and will have 60 minutes to pay for their tickets with a credit card online. They must present their photo ID at the Neil Simon Theatre box office at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the corresponding performance to pick up their tickets. Seat locations and number of tickets awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.

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Stars of the Original Cats Share Their Favorite Memories

Composed by Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (currently home to Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical), where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. The musical was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen and The Shubert Organization.

The creative team for the new Broadway production includes John Napier (scenic and costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design) and Mick Potter (sound design), with additional choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne, and direction by Trevor Nunn.

This new production of Cats is licensed by The Really Useful Group. Nina Lannan serves as executive producer.

Visit catsthemusical.com.

Browse through backstage photos from the original cast of Cats below:

(Updated July 31, 2016)

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