A New York woman is suing the Broadway musical Cats for $6 million, claiming one of the kitties pounced a little too enthusiastically on her during a performance.
According to reports on Reuters and in the New York Times, Evelyn Amato is charging that actor David Hibbard (as Rum Tum Tugger) tried too hard to get her involved in the action of the show, then leaped on her seat and gyrated his pelvis during one of the portions of the musical where the anthropomorphosized felines prowl the aisles of the Winter Garden Theatre.
The woman was not physically harmed.
The alleged incident occured Jan. 30, 1996. The Times reported that Amato, an unemployed office worker, filed suit asking for $6 million in punitive and compensatory damages for assault, battery, invasion of privacy and other charges.
Audience participation has been a regular part of the show since it opened in 1982, but this reportedly is the first such complaint. Cats is scheduled to surpass A Chorus Line and become the longest-running show in Broadway history in June.