The new production officially opened last week at RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY and will visit more than 50 cities in the 2021/2022 season. Click here to see the current tour route.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is back on tour across North America! Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation — experience Cats for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again!
The current cast of Jellicle cats includes Vinny Andaloro as “Alonzo,” Zach Bravo as “Bill Bailey/Rum Tum Tugger,” Chelsea Nicole Mitchell as “Bombalurina,” Lexy Bittner as “Cassandra,” Taylor James Rosenberger as “Coricopat,” Lauren Louis as “Demeter,” Tayler Harris as “Grizabella,” Kayli Jamison as “Jellylorum,” Michelle E. Carter as “Jennyanydots,” Paul Giarratano as “Mistoffelees,” Max Craven as “Mungojerrie,” Devon McCleskey as “Munkustrap,” John Anker Bow as “Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asparagus,” Aiden Pressel as “Plato/Macavity,” Dominic Fortunato as “Pouncival,” Kelly Donah as “Rumpelteazer,” Brianna Kim as “Sillabub,” Christopher Salvaggio as “Skimbleshanks,” Alexia Waites as “Tantomile,” Sean McManus as “Tumblebrutus,” Indalecio De Jesús Valentín as “Victor/Old Deuteronomy,” Hyla Mayrose Perillo as “Victoria,” along with Gracie A. Anderson, Megan Arseneau, Carolyn Bacon, Kelliann DeCarlo, Connor Orion Bermingham, Kieran Macdonald, Tony Mowatt, Brian Craig Nelson, José Raúl Mangual, and Elana Valastro.
The creative team for the new production of Cats includes John Napier (Scenic & Costume Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Mick Potter (Sound Design), choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne, and direction by Trevor Nunn. Kim Craven is the associate choreographer and Chrissie Cartwright is the associate director/choreographer.
Since its world premiere, Cats has been seen by more than 75 million people worldwide. Originally directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography and associate direction by Gillian Lynne, scenic and costume design by John Napier, lighting design by David Hersey, and sound design by Abe Jacob, Cats opened in London’s West End in 1981.
The original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. Cats was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen, and The Shubert Organization. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical held the title of longest-running musical in Broadway history until it was surpassed in 2006 by Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The original Broadway production closed on September 10, 2000 and is currently the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history.
Cats returned to Broadway in July 2016 in a stunning revival at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran through December 2017.
The 2021/2022 tour of Cats is licensed by The Really Useful Group and produced by TROIKA Entertainment.
For more information and a complete tour route, please visit CatsTheMusical.com
VINNY ANDALORO (Alonzo) is thrilled to be making his national tour debut. Favorite credits: West Side Story, Newsies (The LEX), Carousel, The Wedding Singer. BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Thank you, Momand Dad, for everything! IG:@vinny_andaloro www.vinnyandaloro.com
ZACH BRAVO (Bill Bailey/Rum Tum Tugger) is thrilled to be making his national tour debut in CATS. Readings: The Wanderer; Regional Theater: Matilda, Evita, Mamma Mia!, Footloose. Grateful to casting and the creative team, CTG, my friends and family, especially my parents. www.zachbravo.com
CHELSEA NICOLE MITCHELL (Bombalurina) is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is an undergraduate at Point Park University majoring in modern dance. Regional credits include SOUL: The Stax Musical. Chelsea is immensely grateful to God, family and friends for their ever-present love and support. IG: @_nicmitch
LEXY BITTNER (Cassandra) is making her Touring debut with CATS! Lexy is from Pittsburgh, PA and has trained with Boston Conservatory, Lincoln Park Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Elite Dance by Damian, Michele’s Dance Center, Juilliard and Hubbard Street (SI). Dreams do come true, so excited!
TAYLOR JAMES ROSENBERGER (Coricopat, u/s Billy Bailey/Rum Tum Tugger, Munkustrap) is thrilled to be on the road with these Jellicle cats! Theater: Beauty and the Beast (Paper Mill Playhouse), All Shook Up (Westchester Broadway Theater) Television: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon). Pace University BFA Commercial Dance alum! Thanks to Mom, Dad, friends and MSA! @TaylorJRose
LAUREN LOUIS (Demeter, u/s Grizabella) CATS is Lauren’s first national tour! She worked for Disneyland as a principal vocalist & dance swing while getting her Musical Theatre BFA from CSU Fullerton. Regional credits: West Side Story & A Chorus Line. She’d like to thank the team, her family & friends! @laurenalouis
TAYLER HARRIS (Grizabella) Credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theater), 50in50Letters To Our Sons (Billie Holiday Theatre), Godspell (Prima Theatre). Western Carolina University (2018). Much love to her family, friends and Hudson Artist’s Agency for all their love and support. Taylerharris.com
KAYLI JAMISON (Jellylorum) Recent credits include: Kate Monster (Avenue Q– MTKC), Evelyn Nesbit (Ragtime– Music Theatre Heritage), Shelly (Hairspray– Starlight Theater). Kayli lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jesse and dog Pippin. She would like to thank them, her family and friends for all their love and support!
MICHELLE E. CARTER (Jennyanydots) is elated to be tapping across the country with CATS! REGIONAL: Signature Theatre-A Chorus Line, Barrington Stage Company-The Royal Family of Broadway, Olney Theatre Center-Matilda & Elf, MacHaydn Theatre 2017. Marymount Manhattan College grad. Take 3 Talent. @idtapthat03 www.michelle-e-carter.com
PAUL GIARRATANO (Mistoffelees) is thrilled to be making his national tour debut! Credits: West Side Story (Fifth Avenue Theater). Company: Spectrum Dance Theater, Dance Lab New York, Keigwin+Company (guest). B.F.A dance, SUNY Purchase. Lots of love to family, friends and MTA.
MAX CRAVEN (Mungojerrie) is a professional theatre performer from Saskatoon, Canada. In 2020, he graduated from AMDA New York. Maxis excited to make his national tour debut in CATS! He is thankful to his friends and family for their unconditional support.
DEVON MCCLESKEY (Munkustrap, u/s Billy Bailey/Rum Tum Tugger) A recent graduate of University of Michigan, Devon is thrilled to be making his National Tour Debut! Endless gratitude to Linda Goodrich, Ann Evans Watson and all my family and friends! Love you Mom and Dad! And as always, GO BLUE! devonmccleskey.com @devon.devoff
JOHN ANKER BOW (Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asapragus, u/s Victor/Old Deuteronomy) BA Rider University. National Tours: Kinky Boots (George), Ragtime (Henry Ford), A Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley). International: Disney Cruise Line. Regional: Les Mis (Thenardier), Spamalot (Arthur), Drowsy (Man in Chair), Forever Plaid (Smudge), Noises Off (Lloyd), Peter Pan (Hook). Podcast: Flop of the Heap.
AIDEN PRESSEL (Plato/Macavity/Dance Captain) is a recent graduate from Pace University in New York City where he received his BFA in Commercial Dance. Aiden is represented by MSA in New York. He is thrilled to be joining the touring company of CATS. @aidenpressel
DOMINIC FORTUNATO (Pouncival, u/s Mistoffelees) is a graduate of Mercyhurst University. He is very excited to make his touring debut. His dance credits include SoMar Dance Works and Syracuse City Ballet. His most recent credit is CATS with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
KELLY DONAH (Rumpleteazer) is ecstatic to be a part of CATS! She is originally from Bethlehem, PA and just graduated with her BFA at Shenandoah University. If you would like to know more about Kelly, visit her website! www.kellydonah.com
BRIANNA KIM (Sillabub) Current: Twyla Tharp, John Selya (NY City Center) Performance: Abbott Awards (Al Blackstone, Billy Griffin, SDC 60th, Agnes De Mille Tribute), IHeartDanceNYC (Tyler Hanes) Film: Broadway4Biden (Chris Gattelli, Grady Bowman) Pre-Production: The Outsiders(Lorin Latarro); Kanyok Arts Initiative Alum; Instagram @bri.kimm
CHRISTOPHER SALVAGGIO (Skimbleshanks, u/s Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asapragus) National Tour Debut! NYC based, Rochester, NY born/raised. BFA Musical Theatre Nazareth College. Recent credits: Chicago (Arizona Broadway), The Little Mermaid (Argyle Theatre), Joseph […] Dreamcoat (Axelrod PAC). Love and thanks to family, friends, The Luedtke Agency, CATS team. KZL. Christopher-salvaggio.com. @salvaggio_chris.
ALEXIA WAITES (Tantomile) is ecstatic to be making her National Tour debut in CATS! Alexia isa graduate of Pace University’s Commercial Dance program in NYC. Endless thanks to her agents at LDC Artist Representation and her entire family for the constant love and support. @alexia_waites
SEAN MCMANUS (Tumblebrutus) is thrilled to be making his national tour debut. Regional: Newsies (The LEX), Sound of Music (Paper Mill) and A Chorus Line (Interlakes). BFA: Boston Conservatory. He sends love and enormous gratitude to his amazing family, friends, Troika and The Collective. @smcmanus3
INDALECIO DE JESÚS VALENTÍN (Victor/Old Deuteronomy). Works include: In the Heights (Piraguero/Graffiti Pete U/S), Songs for a New World (Man 1), Cinderella (Prince Charming), Dogfight (Eddie Birdlace U/S), Elf the Musical (Buddy the Elf U/S), Damn Yankees (Smokey), RENT (Featured Soloist). @idjvalentin
HYLA MAYROSE PERILLO (Victoria) is incredibly delighted to be making her tour debut in the national tour of CATS! She is a Marymount Manhattan College alumni and Michigan native. Thank you to my Mom, Dad, family and friends for their endless love and support in this journey!
GRACIE ANDERSON (Female Swing/Dance Captain) is thrilled to be making her National Tour debut with CATS! Gracie graduated from Marymount Manhattan College as a Gold Key recipient for her BFA in Dance. Many thanks to Kim, Grace and the entire Jellicle team. Love to Craig, Mom and Zoey!@gracieanderson___
MEGAN ARSENEAU (Female Swing) This is Megan’s first national tour! Previously, she played Peggy Sawyer (42nd Street), Kristine (A Chorus Line) and Catherine (Pippin) at Weathervane Playhouse. Megan is a proud alum of Wright State University- Never Raider Down! <3 — Instagram: Megskilove – www.meganarseneau.com
CAROLYN BACON (Female Swing/Booth, u/s Grizabella) is excited to join her first national tour! Regional: Carousel, South Pacific, The Fantasticks.TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. Proud feminist. Currently writing a play about violence against women, female killers, and finding community. Love to Brian and Mom. Get vaccinated and stay safe! www.carolynannebacon.com
KELLIANN DeCARLO (Female Swing/Booth, u/s Grizabella) NY: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Singer). Regional: CATS (Grizabella), Beauty and the Beast (Belle u/s), Miss Saigon (Ellen). Concerts: Delaware Valley Symphony. BM, Rider University, kellianndecarlo.com, @kellianndecarlo. For Mom – love you.
CONNOR ORION BERMINGHAM (Male Swing) graduated from Pace University. He’s thrilled to make his national tour debut with CATS. Credits: All Shook Up at Westchester-Broadway-Theatre and Dance-Lab NY. Connor partnered Misty Copeland for Bernstein’s-Centennial-Tribute and was featured on “SYTYCD”. Connor trained at Jacob’s Pillow and is represented by CESD. (@connor_orion_)
KIERAN MACDONALD (Male Swing, u/s Mistoffelees) is honored to be joining the cast of CATS for his first National Tour. Credits: NUVO Dance Convention, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Gucci, Alessia Cara. Thanks to Jim and everyone at Bloc. Endless love and appreciation to my family for their never-ending support. www.kieranmacdonald.com
TONY MOWATT (Male Swing/Booth, u/s Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asapragus, Victor/Old Deuteronomy) Off-Broadway: Little Match Girl (St. Luke’s Theatre), Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg (HERE). NYC/Regional: Tesla, an Elektrical Spectacle (workshop); Twisted Operettas (Joe’s Pub); An Octoroon (Kean Stage); Titanic (Rodeheaver Auditorium); The Producers, Legally Blonde, Chicago (Woodstock Playhouse) @baloneytones /For Sandra and Gloria
BRIAN CRAIG NELSON (Male Swing) is thrilled to be joining the Cats family. He holds a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah. Past companies include: Ririe-Woodbury, BodyVox, and Tuachan. Brian is extremely happy to have the support and love of so many friends and his family.@clownfish2113
JOSÉ RAÚL MANGUAL (Male Swing, u/s Billy Bailey/Rum Tum Tugger, Munkustrap) Touring debut. A dream come true. Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Clark Park, On the Rocks (Philadelphia Fringe), American Pops Orchestra. To the CATS team, my supporters, Dr. Fleming and Amina! www.JoseRaul.org. You are capable.
ELANA VALASTRO (Female Swing) National tour debut! Regional favorites: West Side Story, Godspell (New London Barn Playhouse), Little Mermaid (Northern Stage), Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof (Saint Michael’s Playhouse). Oceania Marina Cruise. Cornell University 2017. Endless thanks to Mom, Dad, Laura, Michael. @elanavalastro, elanavalastro.com