Cats toured Canada throughout the mid-late 1980s. Produced by Marlene Smith and Tina VanderHeyden in a theatre owned by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the production followed the Broadway production closely. The production is credited for having kick-started Canada's commercial Musical Theatre scene.

Tour Dates

Cats ran for two years at the Elgin Theater in Toronto, and then went to Montréal for a 19-week run, followed by a tour of Western Canada and a second Toronto run at Massey Hall starting on Sept. 2, 1989, where it ran for several months. It had total office receipts of $78 million from almost 2 million tickets, making it the most successful Canadian stage production ever. [1]

Elgin Theatre, Toronto - March 14, 1985 - March 15, 1987

Montreal (First Canadian Tour) - June 1987 - January 1988

Western Canada Tour (Second Canadian Tour) - June 1988 - September 1988

Massey Hall, Toronto (Third Canadian Tour) - January 1989 - August 1989


Producer and Cast Interview[2] - also referring to 2013 Regional production

Jellylorum / Griddlebone / Jennyanydots: Susan Cuthbert - Interview with Susan Cuthbert, also referring to 2013 regional production[3]

Cats Interview in Costume - Toronto 1986

Cats Interview in Costume - Toronto 1986

Featuring Brad Cormier as Mungojerrie and Lorena Cingolani as Rumpleteazer. With Marlene Smith, Producer. Two years after the Toronto show opened, prior to the first tour - Spring 1987


March 1985 Cast / Later Replacements
Alonzo Timothy French Stephan Foster(1987)
Martin Murphy(1987-88)
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Sandy Winsby (1985-1987) David Rogers(1988)
Blaine Parker(1988)
Bombalurina Susan Gattoni Marianne McCord(1987)
Kerri Lyn Wasylik (1988)
Cassandra Lyne Tremblay Janie Brennan (1987-88)
Dorothy Jordan (1987)
Coricopat Stelio Calagias (1985-87) Gino Berti (1987)
Demeter Barbara Fulton
Grizabella Kathy Michael McGlynn
Jellylorum / Griddlebone Thea MacNeil Susan Cuthbert
Jennyanydots Mary Trainor
Mistoffelees Alexandre Beaulieu Gerard Michael McIssac
Mungojerrie Gerard Michael McIssac  ?
Munkustrap Barry Wood
Old Deuteronomy David Walden Jimmie Earl Perry[4]
Plato / Macavity / Rumpus Cat Lloyd Adams
Pouncival Michael Arnold Ron Proulx
Rumpleteazer Lorena Cingolani
Rum Tum Tugger Greg Bond Brad Cormier
Sillabub Janet Martin
Skimbleshanks Larry Herbert Hallam Banfield
Tantomile Sonja Kathleen McGirr
Tumblebrutus Todd Noel
Victoria Donna Kelly

Booth Singers/Understudies: Susan Cuthbert, Colleen Winton, Claude Hebert, Rudy Webb


  1. Today in Canadian history
  2. Interview - 2013/06/09
  3. Interview - Susan Cuthbert 2013/06/07