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One of the longest-running shows in Broadway and West End history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is an ode to felines, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poems. 

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Tonight is the one special night each year when the tribe of Jellicle Cats reunites to celebrate who they are. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

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The New York Times

“The overriding spirit of the revival appears to be the familiar motto: Don’t mess with success...The most significant nod to the intervening decades and changing tastes is the hiring of Andy Blankenbuehler...The felines prance and romp and occasionally hiss at one another as they introduce themselves in songs that provide the show’s greatest allure, as well as its variety. Mr. Lloyd Webber is a musical magpie...The cast for the revival is largely excellent." Full Review


"Nunn seems to have revisited the material with the attitude, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' Despite new choreography and cutting-edge lighting, it still carries a retro vibe...Plot is ancillary to a beautiful fantasy conveyed through music and dance...Still, if you look around and see the remarkable creativity and innovation happening on Broadway these days, it is hard to view this production as anything more than a museum piece." Full Review


"A sweet and endearing revival...While not every role requires triple-threat expertise, 'Cats' makes some serious acting, singing and dancing demands on its company and Nunn's litter is packed with terrific performers...Pop star Leona Lewis has been cast as Grizabella. She has no acting credits in her bio and it shows, making the evening's climactic moment a sad letdown." Full Review


“Memories could be fatal to this revival—specifically, the memory of Betty Buckley as Grizabella, singing ‘Memory'...Leona Lewis isn’t in her league. Happily, nothing as catty can be said of the rest of this fabulous revival of the 1981 musical phenom...A corps of brilliant dancers leap with feline agility through every style of dance, from toe-tapping Broadway jazz steps to the classic ballet moves...The genius of the show is in the dancing...The dancers are in perfectly splendid form." Full Review

Time Out New York

“This was a lost opportunity. Rather than lamely re-creating the original, why not orchestrate the score for acoustic instruments, redo the costumes and dances, and find fresh drama underneath the tacky, dated pageantry? Instead we get a taxidermied pet. If there is heart to the piece, it’s Grizabella, the faded, outcast 'glamour cat.' British crooner Leona Lewis has a big, yearning voice, but even her (heavily amplified) yowling of 'Memory' can’t make the past worth revisiting.” Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"Only hardcore fans will be able to spot the differences in this new version...The biggest change is the new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler...More athletic and stylistically diverse than before, the dancing here is particularly spectacular...Lewis reveals her lack of acting experience with her less than galvanizing Grizabella, but her powerful singing is not to be faulted...Enough time has passed for a new generation of theatergoers to embrace the show." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“Trevor Nunn's production gives this 35-year-old show the sparkle and precision of a brand-new hit...Best of all is a cast superbly equipped to mine every bit of entertainment value in this extremely peculiar material...It's hard to escape the feeling that a very casual piece of source material has been blown up far beyond its limits into something only intermittently charming-and often perplexing...If you're a 'Cats' person, you're probably going to have a great time.” Full Review

The Stage (UK)

"The first Broadway revival of 'Cats,' which is neither wholly reimagined nor an exact replica of the original, is unlikely to turn off 'Cats'-lovers, nor win over 'Cats'-loathers. It works best as a showcase for the energetic young cast and what it does best – which is dance...If the lyrics are largely lost in the swirl, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score holds up. The performances, though, are uneven." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

“The wan revival at least gets the lighting right...No greater ambition seems to have animated the revival as a whole. Other than Katz’s spectacular lighting, the design and staging are at best equivalent to the original’s, even after decades of adjustments and second thoughts...Seeing it 34 years later, in a Broadway environment that has recently produced the likes of ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Fun Home’, is to experience something milder and less dangerous than it once seemed.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"'Cats' is pure spectacle…It is shimmering, leaping, booty shaking spectacle. There should be a Tony for the ensemble of dancers in this production. They ARE the production…Ms. Lewis appears uncertain of what she should do onstage. An actor she is not. A mighty singer she is...After a bit, all these impeccably costumed folks begin to blend together in a tabby tuffet that becomes too much of a good thing." Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

“Most of the musical numbers are ballads that describe the appearance and personality of the characters but suggest no particular stage action...Andy Blankenbuehler has brisked up Gillian Lynne’s steps with touches of hip-hoppery, but they’re still dullish...Mr. Napier also designed the cat suits...They held my attention when nothing else did, which was usually...If you loved ‘Cats’ as a child and long to let your memories of ‘Memory’ live again, you certainly won’t be disappointed." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Your destination is a good time. The musical gets you there with haste and precision under ideal conditions; this revival still manages, though it trips up more than it ought to...These stumbles are primarily due to the new choreography...Blankenbuehler's dances are attractive and kinetic almost to the point of being needlessly busy...Is it ever going to be a revered classic? Doubtful...But this production proves, despite its missteps, that it's capable of harnessing pure theatrical enjoyment." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"The revival, again directed by Trevor Nunn, is absolutely as entertaining as initially it was...New choreographer, Tony-winning Andy Blankenbuehler, has been respectfully true to Gillian Lynne’s seminal work while beautifully enhancing it...There are so many astonishing aspects to 'Cats' that it’s a challenge to decide where to continue the praise. The cast isn’t a bad place...The moving bodies are mesmerizing, and Blankenbuehler makes certain the movement rarely slows." Full Review

AM New York

"If the producers could not recreate the opulence of the original production, perhaps they should have started from scratch and completely reimagined 'Cats'...Lewis displays zero acting ability and gives a shaky rendition of the pop aria 'Memory.' The rest of the cast is terrific...The essential delights of 'Cats' are still there, including its electrifying dance sequences and flashy visual effects. If you’re a fan of the show, by all means, go." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Watching the lively yet enervating revival staged by Trevor Nunn, who directed the original 34 years ago, you can’t help but wonder how its first run lasted 18 years. Plotless, repetitive, nonsensical, the ’80s relic quickly turns tiresome enough to make you wish for a catnap. So much energy spent, so little impact...At least the talented litter of hoofers and belters under gobs of makeup and in stretchy, body-hugging catsuits offers some saving grace...'Cats' 2.0—now and whatever." Full Review


"No doubt the success of the 2014 revival of 'Cats' in London encouraged the producers to bring it back to New York. And wisely, they've done so with a new cast of top to bottom standouts and vital and fresh choreography that retained the feeling of the original. This does indeed boost the show's strong points...The ballet sequences seem especially take-your-breath-way spectacular...'Cats' may not be a great musical, but it's a great visual spectacle expertly performed." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"There is nothing really new in this current revival of 'Cats'...Unchanged is the somewhat discordant presence of what Mr. Webber has imagined as the main character of 'Cats:' the Glamor Cat Grizabella...That said, the named Cats and the Cats chorus provides sufficient energy to overcome this significant flaw in the current production...'Cats' will continue to excite the senses of the young and the not so young and the musical will still embody the brilliance of the poetry." Full Review


"Unlikely to disappoint...fans...For the resistant rest of us, it remains an overblown kiddie show...Director Trevor Nunn has put together a first-rate cast of singers and dancers, who prowl the aisles and crawl onstage through sewer tunnels with tireless enthusiasm. The exception is Leona Lewis, oddly shrill and steely as Grizabella...Best of all is the refreshed choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, who has replaced Gillian Lynne’s compilation of stock moves with variety and invention.” Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"Seeing the 'Cats' revival was like revisiting an old magician friend, but one that I had hoped would have tried a few new tricks...The professionals that have come together to perform these iconic songs are the best of the best...'Memory' is the song that I’m guessing we all were waiting for...Lewis sings the song gloriously, and I was pleased. But, and here’s the whole thing, it doesn’t feel fresh, nor new in any way...If you’ve never seen the show, it’s worth the visit." Full Review


"It’s kitschy and fun, sometimes quite touching, and marvelously well done. It’ll likely be very nostalgic for anyone who saw the show before, and, I’m guessing, a treat for people who haven’t, and don’t go expecting a profound theatrical experience. 'Cats' is a one-of-a-kind entertainment, and I can’t imagine a young, budding theater-lover, in particular, not being entranced." Full Review


"The show, which has been fairly faithfully reproduced by original director Trevor Nunn, has the same love-it or hate-it qualities it always did. For me, the plusses, led by the extraordinary choreography (danced by one of the finest ensembles ever assembled for Broadway), don’t outweigh the minuses, especially the thin plot and often nonsensical lyrics...As for those performers, they are a slightly mixed litter...We could do worse (and better) than this one." Full Review

The Associated Press

"It’s not been revamped or re-thought, just taken out of mothballs...Andy Blankenbuehler was brought in to bring something more modern to Gillian Lynne’s original choreography, which was slinky and jazzy. He has pretty much failed...The theatrical evolutions since 1982 make 'Cats' seem quaint and unsubstantial...For ‘Cats’ fans, none of this will register. But for those of us who find the show as ineffable and inscrutable as cats themselves, it’s a tedious, clawing mess.” Full Review


“A nostalgia trip with updated choreography, this new ‘Cats’ is peppy and kinetic, if sometimes a tad monotonous...Blankenbuehler’s work acutely enhances the personality of each cat...Full of catchy pop tunes many of us have known for decades. Webber’s songs don’t have the tightest of melodies, but I’ll take ‘Cats’ over ‘School of Rock’ any day. As a wistful recollection, ‘Cats’ is guaranteed to leave you feline groovy.” Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"This is above all a spectacle with appeal to those who get theatergoing kicks from costumes, lighting, cast members roaming the aisles to sing to spectators, and assorted scenic stunts...This show, again directed by Trevor Nunn, is among the most steadily choreographed productions on Broadway at the moment...The show is enlivened by individual turns that are appealing by any standard." Full Review


"The revival is quite a mixed bag…Ricky Ubeda’s dazzling Mistoffelees is indeed magical...My biggest criticism is the key role of Grizabella...Leona Lewis conveys none of Grizabella’s sense of loss and pathos. And without that, she’s just a pop star in a cat suit...That said, it’s hard to knock a show that offers such a visceral thrill. The combination of Lloyd Webber’s catchy tunes and the sight of those gorgeously fit bodies in constant motion alone give a theatre lover reason to pause." Full Review

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Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Willing to revisit the memory or create a new one.

Don't see it if Close-minded to ALW.

Enchanting, Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if you want to be able to go on a Broadway stage (the audience is allowed to go onstage during intermission).

Don't see it if you want a coherent show with a clear plot and relatable characters.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy the score of "Cats" or would like to say you had the experience of seeing this long-running musical.

Don't see it if You are looking for a plot, you do not like humans in cat costumes

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Dated

See it if if you like 80 style synthasized music, and older choreography.

Don't see it if I would not recommend this musical to anyone. Left at intermission.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You love Andrew Lloyd Webber and don't need a plot. You are into twirling and dancing people dressed as cats. You love the song memories.

Don't see it if You need a plot. Don't mind the overrated. Can't handle a 2-hour show about cats. Are looking for a broadway musical not performance art.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you want to relive nostalgic moments with the show.

Don't see it if you want to see quality performers in a quality show.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if you love the material/if you want a good laugh. It's cute.

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious and plot-driven. Choreography/staging were offensively bad and the Rum Tum Tugger was fat and sloppy.

Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated, Dated

See it if You like T.S. Eliot, you're obsessed with cats in any capacity

Don't see it if You like plots you can follow, or if people in full body cat suits will give you nightmares

Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you've never seen Broadway musical. The music is great even after decades.

Don't see it if you're looking for a story. It's based on poems and doesn't have a "plot".


See it if you never saw the original. You'll have nothing to compare it to. Cats is epic & the original @ The Winter Garden should have never closed.

Don't see it if you're personally attached to the original choreography & staging. All changes, additions & omissions were excruciatingly obvious & painful.

Also Leona Lewis was surprisingly AMAZING. But why all the changes? Even om... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Great dancing, No reason

See it if you want to waste your time with a "nothing new" revival

Don't see it if you can get tickets to something else. Just watch the DVD that's been available since the 90's. At least you can skip parts of that

Boring, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if a storyline doesn't matter to you. This is a compilation of individual cat stories, it's not going to be a cohesive storyline.

Don't see it if you are expecting to be thoroughly entertained. Some numbers were really good, but most are really forgettable.

Also I saw this during its original run and found it boring. I wanted to gi... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like old Broadway musicals

Don't see it if you want something new and modern

Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You love classic musicals.

Don't see it if You are spooked by cats.

Ambitious, Clever, Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy "feline encounters" al all types and think human beings singing and dancing as cats is entertaining.

Don't see it if you hate musical theatre or TS Elliot poetry.

Overrated, Great dancing

See it if You love dance onstage. You don't mind that the dancing is being done by "cats."

Don't see it if You want to take anything away but the incredible dancing. Don't know why this show ever became as popular as it is.

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like Cats or if you're young enough to have never seen it

Don't see it if you hate shows like this or have no fondness for the original

Also The production is really wonderful; it reminded me why we all liked it... Read more Read less

Delightful, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy, Incredible dancing

See it if you enjoy beautiful and masterful dancing and a very visual oriented show.

Don't see it if you want a show with substance or would have a hard time taking the show seriously.

Confusing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if This was a strange show. I didn't know anything about it going into it other than the song "Memory," and I should have kept it that way.

Don't see it if You're expecting any semblance of story or even good songs.

Also There was absolutely no story, the songs were confusing and poor, and ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great costumes, great dancing

See it if After years, still emotionally affecting for adult and child alike. Amusing cat names, cute feline dances, and one +memorable+ song.

Don't see it if You are expecting more plot than a nursery rhyme.

Also Based on poems T S Elliot wrote for his grand daughter about jolly lit... Read more Read less

Confusing, Overrated, Dated, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if You've never seen it and want to see what the hype is about. Enjoy great dancing, are amused by people being cats.

Don't see it if You need a plot. Dance isn't your thing. Not a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lack of plot really did me in--was a confusing show.

Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you love great dancing and need an 80s acid flashback.

Don't see it if you can't handle a show without a plot.

Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Dated, Great staging

See it if You want to see beautiful dancing. This show is best described as a dance recital all about Cats.

Don't see it if You want story line, character development, a score that has more than a few good songs. It was everything I expected Cats to be.

Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Dated

See it if You're all about Andrew Lloyd Weber, or if you saw it in the 80s and loved it then.

Don't see it if You're allergic to grown people prancing around in unitards pretending to lick each other in plotless entropy.

Dated, Surprisingly delightful

See it if you love Andrew Lloyd Webber, large company vocals, elaborate choreography, and/or cats.

Don't see it if you want a substantive story, interesting character development, or life-changing, complex musicality.