The Original Broadway production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats, premiered at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 7th, 1982. It had a total of 7485 performances.  It was the second production of Cats to open worldwide, following the Original London production.   In transferring to Broadway, the show was given a significant overhaul with a bigger budget.  Many of the subsequent productions worldwide mimicked the Broadway version of the musical. The show won multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score in 1983.

In 2016 Cats was revived on Broadway in reworked production.

Playbill Broadway Winter Garden

Creative Team


Position Name Date
Musical Director Rene Wiegert 1982 - 1987
Jack Gaughan 1986 - 1989
Ethyl Will 1989 - 1990
Sue Anderson 1989 - 1991
Edward G. Robinson 1991 - 1997
Patrick Vaccariello 1995 - 1997
Mark McLaren 1998 - 1999
General Manager Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.
Company Manager James G. Mennen
J. Anthony Magner
Production Stage Manager David Taylor
Sally J. Greenhut (Jacobs) 1984 - 1991
David O'Brein
Stage Manager Lani Sundsten
Jeff Lee
Donald Walters 1987 - 1988
Sherry Cohen 1988
Dan Hild 1988 - 1991
Peggy Peterson 1988 - 1998
Peter Wolf
Assistant Stage Manager Sally J. Greenhut (Jacobs)
Suzanne Viverito 1991 - 1998
Tom Taylor 1991 - 1998
Andrew Feigen


Role Cast
Original 1982 Cast
Alonzo Héctor Jaime Mercado (cover Macavity, Plato, Rumpus Cat)
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Stephen Hanan
Bombalurina Donna King
Carbucketty Steven Gelfer (cover Asparagus, Bustopher Jones, Growltiger)
Cassandra René Ceballos (cover Bombalurina)
Coricopat / Mungojerrie René Clemente (cover Mistoffelees)
Demeter Wendy Edmead
Etcetera / Rumpleteazer Christine Langner (cover Victoria)
Grizabella Betty Buckley
Jellylorum Bonnie Simmons
Jennyanydots Anna McNeely
Mistoffelees Timothy Scott
Munkustrap Harry Groener
Old Deuteronomy Ken Page
Plato / Macavity / Rumpus Cat Kenneth Ard
Pouncival Herman W. Sebek (cover Alonzo, Coricopat, Mungojerrie)
Rum Tum Tugger Terrence V. Mann
Skimbleshanks Reed Jones
Sillabub Whitney Kershaw (cover Tantomile, Victoria)
Tantomile Janet L. Hubert (cover Demeter, Grizabella)
Tumblebrutus Robert Hoshour
Victoria Cynthia Onrubia
Walking Cover Walter Charles (cover Old Deuteronomy)
Swing Susan Powers (cover Jennyanydots)
Swing Carol Richards
Swing Joel Robertson
Swing Steven Hack (cover Carbucketty, Coricopat, Mungojerrie, Pouncival, Tumblebrutus)
Swing Bob Morrisey (cover Alonzo, Munkustrap, Rum Tum Tugger, Skimbleshanks)
Swing Marlene Danielle (cover Bombalurina, Cassandra, Demeter, Tantomile)
Swing Diane Fratantoni (cover Cassandra, Etcetera, Griddlebone, Jellylorum, Rumpleteazer, Sillabub)

Further Broadway Casts


Jellicle Ball - Broadway 1993

Jellicle Ball - Broadway 1993


  • New York Times - The 15 Lives of 'Cats' By DANIEL B. SCHNEIDER Published: October 6, 1996
  • Playbill - Cats Trivia Encyclopedia By Ellis Nassour Published: 17 Jun 1997

Awards and Nominations

1983 Tony Award Nominations

  • Best Musical (Win)
  • Best Book of a Musical (Win)
  • Best Original Score (Win)
  • Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Betty Buckley (Win)
  • Best Costume Design (Win)
  • Best Lighting Design (Win)
  • Best Direction of a Musical (Win)
  • Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Harry Groener (Nomination)
  • Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Stephen Hanan (Nomination)
  • Best Scenic Design (Nomination)
  • Best Choreography (Nomination)

1983 Drama Desk Award Nominations

  • Outstanding Music (Win)
  • Outstanding Costume Design (Win)
  • Outstanding Lighting Design (Win)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Betty Buckley (Nomination)
  • Outstanding Lyrics (Nomination)
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