“Cats,” the musical, which became an iconic hit and one of the longest-running shows on Broadway, will return to Broadway this summer, producers announced on Thursday.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on T.S. Eliot’s collection of poems titled “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 18 years and 7,485 performances. It closed on Sept. 10, 2000.
The show has reportedly grossed more than $380 million on Broadway alone and has been viewed in more than 30 countries and in multiple languages.
When the “Cats” revival debuts, Webber will again have three musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His other current productions are “The Phantom of the Opera” and “School of Rock – the Musical.”
“Cats” is slated to debut July 14 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The official opening date is Aug. 2.
The Shubert Organization and the Nederlander Organization are teaming up to co-produce the new Broadway production. In a release, the organizations expressed delight at being able to bring the musical back to Broadway.