How to go see the musical Cats on Broadway?

The story of Cats

As you might expect, Cats is a musical about thestory of a bunch of cats, la Jellicle.

The show takes place in a playground. Once a year, the cats gather in this area for a special evening: the night of the 'jellicle ball In honor of their extraordinary powers. One by one, each cat shows up in front of the leader of the gang, Old Deuteronome to tell him his stories and amuse him. During this evening, the chef will have to elect one of the felines to go up to cat paradise in order to be reborn: the “Heaviside Layer”. During the show, typical cat behaviors can be seen: arguments, minor accidents, bickering and many more!

The show is punctuated by a succession of paintings where each cat presents and tells about his own life in songs. During the show, you will have the chance to see Rum Tum Tugger, a mischievous cat, Jennyanydots, the sloth or the very glamorous Grizabella. The doyenne of the felines will perform "Memory", the main song of the comedy and covered by several artists including Mireille Mathieu (in French version).

Cats musical: a real success!

The musical Cats was invented by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a British composer who also wrote the Phantom of the Opera, another famous musical.

Cats was first performed in 1981 in London and from this first performance, Cats captivated its audience and became one of the most famous shows in the world. In October 1982, Cats appeared on Broadway stages and in 1997, this musical became the most continuously performed with 6138 performances. The show also won 7 Tony Awards, including that of the best musical.

A successful comedy, Cats has been translated into over twenty languages ​​and in total, over 7000 performances took place in New York City until 2000, the year of Cats' last show.

After a 16-year hiatus, the musical Cats has returned to the stages of the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway with a new version to the delight of spectators! On the other hand, the Last performance of Cats on this stage is scheduled for December 31, 2017.

Why go see the musical Cats?

Cats will make you travel in a poetic world and filled with cats with their own personality and character. During the show, you will be able to see singers and dancers interpreting their characters perfectly: the costumes, make-up and attitudes quickly make you forget that they are disguised humans. The choreographies are also magnificent as are the sets. As far as music is concerned, the genres are varied and numerous: jazz, rock, soul, lyrical… Everything is there!

Cats musical: where to buy tickets to see the show?

Buying tickets for the Cats musical is very easy. The most convenient, quick and safe option is to order your seats as soon as possible on the internet. Indeed, this show is very popular and places are leaving quickly. It is therefore strongly recommended to book your tickets some time before the big day!

Personally, I always order my tickets on the site In addition to being in French, this platform is also very practical and highlights all the dates of Cats performances. The prices are also unbeatable!

To book your tickets on this site, this is very simple and all the steps are well explained: after choosing the performance date, you will have to select the area where you want to be placed. Once chosen, all you have to do is indicate the number of tickets you want and pay your order directly online (payment is completely secure). Simple, fast and practical, all you have to do is reserve your seats!

See show dates for Cats

Can I buy tickets directly in New York?

Yes, you can buy your tickets for Cats directly in New York. To do this, you must go to a stood TKTS which offers tickets for the performance of the day. Tickets are sold at attractive prices and correspond to unsold items. On the other hand, don't forget that Cats is a very popular show. You may therefore not have seats for this musical.

In New York, the existe four TKTS stands :

  • In Times Square (under the red stairs). It is open at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. on Sunday) for afternoon shows and at 15 p.m. (14 p.m. on Tuesday) for evening shows.
  • South street seaport : 190 Front Street. It opens at 11 a.m.
  • Lincoln Center : 61 W 62nd Street to at the David Rubenstein Atrium. Its opening time is 12 noon.
  • Downtown Brooklyn : 1 MetroTech Center. It opens at 11 a.m.

At Times Square TKTS, it is always very busy. So prefer the other three.

Winning your lottery ticket: it's possible!

Daily, a limited number of tickets to the comedy Cats are played at the lottery. This original concept was put in place by the producers of the show for two specific purposes: to offer tickets at bargain prices and to arouse interest in their comedy. With the lottery, the ticket price for Cats is 40$.

These lotteries are set up online or on site from 10 a.m. to 15 p.m. on day of the performance.

Only two tickets can be won. If you are more, you will have to turn to another option.

Practical information on the musical Cats

The musical Cats lasts 2h20, including intermission and is played at Neil Simon Theatre, right in the heart of Times Square. The theater is located at 250 West 52nd Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.

Here is the access map to the theater:

The Cats show is recommended from 5 years old and entry to the theater is prohibited for children under 4 years old.

Thanks to this article, the musical Cats no longer holds any secrets for you! Now, all you have to do is go see these famous cats and enjoy your moment! And don't forget to order your tickets in advance on to make sure you get a seat!



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