The Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is scratching itself off the boards.
Producers announced on Wednesday that Cats will take its final meow on Dec. 30. The first-ever Broadway revival of the iconic musical opened on July 31 last year and featured British songstress Leona Lewis in her Broadway debut.
The revival will end following 593 regular performances — a solid Broadway run, but a far cry from the record-breaking 18-year run of the original production. It will continue through the end of the year, taking advantage of the box office highs of the summer and the holiday season when tourists flock to New York City to take in a show on the Great White Way.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the original Broadway production opened in 1982 and had a mythical run at the Winter Garden Theater (currently home to Webber’s School of Rock). The latest revival has done fairly at the box office, but it failed to garner any Tony nominations. The closing notice comes on the heels of several others on Broadway following the Tony Awards.
Fans of the musical need not fear that it will become only a memory. Producers also announced that a new cast will launch a National Tour, beginning in January 2019. Current cities include Providence, Rhode Island; Chicago, Illinois; Durham, North Carolina; and Los Angeles, California, with a full schedule and more information to come.