For the third production in their 41st annual summer season, Cortland Repertory Theatre presents "Cats", based on the poetry of T. S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
. Performances of CRT's "Cats" will run from July 11 – 28. Tickets may be purchased by calling 800-427-6160 or at CRT's new box office location at 24 Port Watson Street in downtown Cortland. Tickets are also available for sale 24 hours a day through the CRT website at www.cortlandrep.org
. The show is perfectly suitable for the whole family, and would be a wonderful introduction to live theatre for young audiences.
BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production photos below.
From Eliot's book of poems "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats", this musical first opened in London in 1981 and then on Broadway in 1982; it won numerous awards, including both the Laurence Olivier
Award and the Tony Award for Best Musical. The London production ran for twenty-one years and the Broadway production ran for eighteen, both setting long-run records. It is now the second longest-running show in Broadway history, and the fourth longest-running West End musical. It has been performed around the world and has been translated into more than 20 languages.
Directing and choreographing this challenging production is Barbara Hartwig, making her CRT debut. "Cats" cast members include a mix of returnees to CRT and many young dancers/singers making their CRT debuts. Playing Grisabella is Emily Brockway, last seen as leading lady Fiona in CRT's "Brigadoon", for which she was nominated for a SALT Award. Homer resident Kim Hubbard, also seen in "Brigadoon" and a long-time director of the "CRT Kids" shows will play Asparagus (or "Gus"), the theatre cat. Rin Allen, last seen as Rizzo in "Grease" and as a SALT Award nominee for "Chicago", will play Bombalurina. Matt Couvillon, last seen in CRT's "Pajama Game" and "Brigadoon" will play Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat. CRT's Performing Interns step into the spotlight, after having last been seen in "Grease": Alexander Hulett as Munkustrap, Parker Slaybaugh as Mr. Mistoffelees, Alexa Shanahan as Jennyanydots, Avery Epstein as Victoria, Abby Sheridan as Sillabub, and Chris Collins as Tumblebrutus. Actors currently being seen in CRT's "Grease" who will also be in "Cats" include Abigail Gatlin as Demeter, Ryan Shaefer as Rum Tum Tugger and Maria Cristina Slye as Rumpleteazer. Making their CRT debuts are Richard Wagoner as both Old Deuteronomy and Bustopher Jones, Stephen Brower as Alonzo, Katherine Margo Brown as Cassandra, Conor DeVoe as Mungojerrie, Jonathan-Blake Flemings as Pouncival, Amanda Lee Myers as Jellylorum, and James Wells as both Plato and Macavity.
Stage Manager Eric Behnke leads the production staff, which includes returnees from CRT's "Grease" including Scenic Designer Jason Bolan, Costume Designer Jimmy Johansmeyer, Lighting Designer Shawn Boyle, Sound Designer Seth Asa Sengel, and Props Mistress Danielle Hodgin. Patrick McGovern continues as Technical Director as does Natasha Thompson as Assistant Stage Manager.
CRT continues the tradition of "Friday Night Talk Backs" at which a Q & A session with the actors, designers and crew take place after every Friday evening performance. Tickets are also on sale for the rest of CRT's summer season, including the upcoming Agatha Christie's "The Hollow", "The Drawer Boy", "The Mystery of Irma Vep" and four performances of the children's show "Aladdin". See CRT's website for more details at www.cortlandrep.org.
Amanda Lee Myers, Kim Hubbard, and Abby Sheridan
Avery Epstein, Maria Cristina Slye, Ryan Shaefer, Katherine Margo Brown and Abby Sheridan