On the Red Carpet: Jellicle Cats, and Broadway Stars, Came Out to the Cats Opening Night | Playbill

Opening Night On the Red Carpet: Jellicle Cats, and Broadway Stars, Came Out to the Cats Opening Night

Cats: "The Jellicle Ball" opened June 20 at Perelman Performing Arts Center Off-Broadway.

André De Shields Jalen Gregory

Jellicle cats came out June 20 for the opening night of Cats: "The Jellicle Ball" at the Perelman Performing Arts Center. The new, anticipated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, where the action is set in a modern underground ballroom and the performers were not dressed as cats, opened with much fanfare. 

During the performance, the production (which featured a mix of ballroom performers and Broadway alums) received two mid-show standing ovations, after Robert “Silk” Mason's magic-filled performance as Mistoffelees and “Tempress” Chasity Moore's rendition of "Memory." Read what critics have to say about the show here.

See photos from the cool cats and kittens at opening night below—attendees included Adrienne Warren, Jelani Alladin, and Cynthia Nixon. Plus, see the cast walk the runway at curtain call.

Photos: Opening Night of Cats: "The Jellicle Ball" at the Perelman Performing Arts Center

Cats is currently running until July 28.

READ: In This New Cats Revival, It's Jellicle Songs for Voguers and Femme Queens

The cast includes Baby as Victoria, Jonathan Burke as Mungojerrie, André De Shields as Old Deuteronomy, Sydney James Harcourt as Rum Tum Tugger, Antwayn Hopper as Macavity, Dava Huesca as Rumpleteaser, Dudney Joseph Jr. as Munkustrap, Capital Kaos as DJ, Junior LaBeija as Gus, Robert "Silk" Mason as Mistoffelees, "Tempress" Chasity Moore as Grizabella, Shereen Pimentel as Jellylorum, Primo as Tumblebrutus, Xavier Reyes as Jennyanydots, Nora Schell as Bustopher Jones, Bebe Nicole Simpson as Demeter, Emma Sofia as Skimbleshanks, Garnet Williams as Bombalurina, and Teddy Wilson, Jr. as Sillabub. The ensemble includes Tara lashan Clinkscales, Phumzile Sojola, Kendall Grayson Stroud, and Frank Viveros, with understudies Shelby Griswold and Dominique Lee rounding out the company.

Casting is by X Casting's Victor Vazquez and Sujotta R. Pace.

The creative team includes co-choreographers Legendary season two winner Arturo Lyons and vogue dancer Omari Wiles, dramaturg and gender consultant Josephine Kearns, scenic designer Rachel Hauck, costume designer Qween Jean, lighting designer Adam Honoré, sound designer Kai Harada, projection designer Brittany Bland, and hair and wig designer and 2024 Special Tony Award recipient Nikiya Mathis. Company member Capital Kaos is also serving as ballroom consultant.

Also on the creative team is beats arranger Trevor Holder, with William Waldrop serving as music supervisor and music director and David Lai as music coordinator.

The production is being presented by arrangement with The Really Useful Group. Lloyd Webber has previously announced that he will donate his royalties from the production to the American Theatre Wing's Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative and PAC NYC.

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