Theatre's Jeffrey Eric Jenkins Skeptical about Cats Revival

Monday, January 25, 2016

You may have heard that the blockbuster musical Cats—which closed its Broadway run in 2000 after more than 7,000 performances—will be revived this summer with original director Trevor Nunn and new choreography by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, who most recently worked on the hit Hamilton. At once a must-see tourist itinerary item and a joke, the feline stage sensation might be better off slumbering in a warm corner of our collective memory in some critics' view. Reached for comment by the Wall Street Journal, Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, head of Illinois Theatre, questioned its relevance for today's world. Will a generation devoted to Grumpy Cat and Maru videos pay to see actors roaming junkyards, stealing from humans, and preening in this musical? Hear more from Jenkins on the new production in the Wall Street Journal article.