Sunday night, July 31, CATS returned to Broadway. The erstwhile longest running musical on Broadway (it ran from 1982 until 2000, making it presently the fourth longest run in Broadway history) began its first ever Broadway revival at the Neil Simon Theatre. Boldface names walked the red carpet, then scampered down to Gotham Hall for the afterparty with the feelin’ good felines.


Led by acclaimed director Trevor Nunn, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats), with orchestrations by Webber and David Cullen, the creative team includes Brad Peterson (Projection Design), Mick Potter (Sound Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), John Napier (Scenic and Costume Design) and Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreography, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne). The production features Quentin Earl Darrington as Old Deuteronomy and Leona Lewis as Grizabella.


Notable names walking the red carpet included Rosie O’Donnell, Tommy Tune, Reed Birney, Ken Page, Jackie Hoffman, Tituss Burgess, Dee Hoty, Ingrid Michaelson, Will Chase, Laura Osnes, Lesli Marherita, Emma Myles, Jackie Cruz, Ben Platt, and Betsy Wolfe. Theater Pizzazz’s JK Clarke was there to catch the red carpet, curtain call and after party on film. See all the exciting photos below.