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The first Vienna revival opened at the Ronacher Theatre on 20 September 2019. It is produced by Vereinigte Bühnen Wien (VBW) and performed in German. Following the tradition in Vienna, the show runs in seasons September - July, taking a summer break.

Cats previously played in Vienna from 1983 to 1990, initially at the Theater an der Wien before moving to the Ronacher in 1988.

Production Specifics

The production follows the Paris revival, using the same set and with the revised Growltiger sequence. Unlike Paris though, this production uses the rock star version of Rum Tum Tugger instead of the Street Cat. It also uses the name Carbucketty instead of Pouncival for the tom kitten.

The production generally plays 7 performances a week, with two shows on Saturday and Mondays off. There are occasional weeks when they play 6 or 8 performances instead. Four preview performances were held on 12, 13, 14 and 19 September before the official opening in 2019. Similar to the original Vienna production, the show runs in seasons beginning in September, with a break during the summer months (August/September) before the next season.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2019–2020 season was suspended from 10 March 2020 onwards.[1] The production held test performances in front of a small (250) audience on the 3rd and 4th of July, and resumed full performances on 24 September 2020.[2] However, due to a second wave of the pandemic, performances were again suspended from 31st October. Among the new precautions introduced, cast members will no longer interact with the audience during the show.[3]

On 8 May 2021, it was announced that the production was to reopen on 26 May. [4] This second half of season 2 closed on 27 June, and season 3 opened on 11 September. The third season was suspended from 22 November 2021 to 14 December 2021 due to another nationwide lockdown.

A live recorded cast album containing the entire score was released on 12 November 2021, which was recorded live between 23 to 25 June 2021.

Dates

in dd/mm/yyyy format

  • Season 1: 20/09/2019 — 10/03/2020
  • Season 2 (first half): 24/09/2020 — 31/10/2020
  • Season 2 (second half): 26/05/2021 — 27/06/2021
  • Season 3: Beginning 11/09/2021

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Creative Team

Production Team

Cast

This production shows a blend of the London style production, including character names "Admetus", "Bill Bailey", "Carbucketty" and "Jemima", while also including the German translations for "Alt Deuteronimus" and "Jenny Fleckenreich (Gumbie Katze)". The cast list also includes the UK-specific use of the name "Quaxo" as an alternate identity for "Mistoffelees".

This production reverted the changes made to the Broadway revival, where Gus performs as Rumpus Cat and the scene "Growltiger's Last Stand" is cut. Instead, "Pekes and Pollicles" has returned to its usual place in Act I, with Alonzo playing the Rumpus Cat. "Growltiger's Last Stand" is restored in its London revival version, but with new costumes for the Siamese.

September 2019 - June 2022
Character Performer
Admetus / Macavity Nicholas Li
Alonzo / Rumpus Cat George Maniadis (until June 2021 ; then from 11/2021)
Grégory Gonel (from 09/2021 - 12/11/2021)
Bill Bailey Matthew Levick (until June 2021; then again from 25/02/2022)
Aaron Hunt (from September 2021 to 23/02/2022)
Bustopher Jones / Gus / Growltiger Felix Martin
Bombalurina Birgit Arquin
Carbucketty Johnny Randall
Cassandra Anneka Dacres
Coricopat / Genghis Jan-Eike Majert (until 25/03/2022)
Johann Vandamme (11/01/20 - end of 02/20)
Rhys Batten (from 04/04/2022)
Demeter Giulia Vazzoler
Barbara Castka (10/19 - 03/20)
Electra Vicky Riddoch
Grizabella Ana Milva Gomes
Wietske van Tongeren (from 28/12/19 until May 2021)
Alt Grizabella Carin Filipčić
Wietske van Tongeren (from May 2021)
Jellylorum / Griddlebone Barbara Obermeier
Jemima Astrid Gollob (until 20/02/2022)
Anastasia Bertinshaw (from 25/03/2022)
Jennyanydots Katharina Lochmann (until 20/04/2022)
Karin Seyfried (from 09/02/20 until May 2021)
Mistoffelees / Quaxo Stephen Martin Allan
Mungojerrie Andrea Luca Cotti (until 16/03/2022)
Jan-Eike Majert (from 25/03/2022)
Munkustrap Alexander Auler
Old Deuteronomy Rory Six
Rum Tum Tugger Dominik Hees
Rumpleteazer Anna Carina Buchegger
Skimbleshanks Gerben Grimmius
Tantomile Petra Ilse Dam
Victoria Hannah Kenna Thomas
Booth & Swing Anastasia Bertinshaw (until 25/03/2022)
Booth & Swing Anneke Brunekreeft
Booth & Swing Florian Fetterle
Booth & Swing Denise Jastraunig
Booth & Swing Matthew Levick (from Sept 2021 until 25/02/2022)
Booth & Swing Nathan Luke
Booth & Swing Tommie Luyben
Booth & Swing Susannah Murphy
Booth & Swing Meghan Peploe-Williams (from March 2022 until 18/06/2022)
Booth & Swing Jo Lucy Rackham (Dance Captain)
Booth & Swing Karin Seyfried (until 04/05/2022)
Booth & Swing Riccardo Sinisi
Booth & Swing Alex Snova
Walking Cover Lucius Wolter

Auditions

The production will be performed in German, and as such all information is in German. However, from this audition notice we can speculate on certain elements: Rum Tum Tugger will be the Rock-star, not the Street cat; the production may well use the English production names of Jemima and Bill Bailey rather than Sillabub and Tumblebrutus (however role names can change between audition and production). One could also infer by the absence of characters like Old Deuteronomy, Gus or Grizabella, but the inclusion of Tugger, that private auditions may have already taken place to cast the principal vocalists.

Die Vereinigten Bühnen Wien suchen für die Originalproduktion des Erfolgsmusicals CATS hervorragende Tänzerinnen und Tänzer mit guten gesanglichen Fähigkeiten sowie Akrobaten mit guten tänzerischen Fähigkeiten und hervorragende Sängerinnen und Sänger mit guter Belt- und klassischer Gesangsstimme:
RUM TUM TUGGER
Ein Rock-Star mit Sexappeal, Sinn für Humor und sehr gutem Bewegungstalent. Kraftvolle Rockstimme. Spielalter: 25-35 Jahre
VICTORIA
Sehr gute Tänzerin mit fundierter Ballettausbildung. Stimmlage Mezzo.
MR. MISTOFFELEES
Hervorragender Tänzer und Sänger (hoher Bariton) mit fundiertem Balletthintergrund, muss steppen können. Eher klein mit schelmischer, extrovertierter Persönlichkeit. Spielalter: 20-30 Jahre
JEMIMA
Sehr gute Tänzerin (max. 165cm) mit sehr sicherer, jugendlicher und klarer Kopfstimme (bis F).
MUNGOJERRIE und RUMPLETEAZER
Junges, vorlautes und freches Katzenpärchen voller Energie. Exzellente TänzerInnen mit akrobatischen Fähigkeiten und starken Stimmen. Mungojerrie hoher Bariton, Rumpleteazer hoher Belt.
ALONZO, MACAVITY
Sehr gute Tänzer. Ensemble Bariton. (Macavity: sichere Partnerarbeit mit Hebung)
BILL BAILEY
Akrobat, Tänzer, Sänger (Bariton). Verschiedene Akrobatik mit Serien von FlicFlacs und Saltos.
Deutschkenntnisse werden bei allen BewerberInnen vorausgesetzt.
  • Auditions finden von 25. Februar bis 1. März 2019 in Wien statt
  • Probenbeginn: Mitte Juli 2019
  • Premiere: Mitte September 2019 im RONACHER

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Awards and Nominations

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