The Jellicles of Broadway’s Cats Welome Their New Grizabella Today | Playbill

News The Jellicles of Broadway’s Cats Welome Their New Grizabella Today Mamie Parris succeeds Leona Lewis in the Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
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Mamie Parris, recently in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock at the Winter Garden, moves to the Neil Simon Theatre to star in the Broadway revival of Cats beginning October 17.

Parris succeeds pop singer Leona Lewis, who departed the production October 9. The revival opened July 31.

Parris, who concluded her run in School of Rock October 9, was succeeded by Becky Gulsvig in the role of disapproving girlfriend Patty beginning October 10.

Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original Broadway production of Cats 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.

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(Updated October 17, 2016)

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