The nostalgia is pulling people from across the city to witness the revival of the ‘Cats’ musical on Broadway. The musical was last performed way back in 2000.
However, there are some changes in the musical from what it was previously. It may also differ slightly than how your parents remember it to be. Among the biggest changes in the musical is a new choreography by a Tony Award winner named Andy Blankenbeuhler, who was honored for the dance of founding fathers in “Hamilton.”
Cats always inspired me when I was growing up, says Andy. When Andrew pitched the revival of ‘Cats’ and asked me to be a part of it, I was psyched – recalls an excited Andy.
In addition, there have also been several structural and orchestral changes in the show. Some novelties such as a rap that was introduced in London, was axed for NYC. It might not sit well with Hamilton fans, but makes perfect sense in NYC where ‘Cats’ is still the 4th longest-running musical.
The reason could be that ultimately, it depends on what dazzles the crowd. This is the memory which appears to hold the key to bringing in fans during the summer.
Andy reveals how he has witnessed the score pulling in audiences and extrapolates their imagination. For plenty of them sitting in the audience, ‘Cats’ could have been the first musical they ever saw, and now they have brought their kids to witness it. Andy says he feels lucky that he is an important element of this cycle.