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  Cats at The Kennedy Center


The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber, sweeps across the country on its North American tour. The show has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, with breathtaking dance and music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater: "Memory." Winner of seven Tony Awards including "Best Musical," CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Experience the original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Miserables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables) at The Kennedy Center Opera House.

Thru - Oct 6, 2019

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 1:30pm & 7:30pm
Sundays: 1:30pm & 7:30pm

Stage: Opera House

Box Office: 202-467-4600

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  Cats Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...Does the news make you cheer or sneer? Either way, you're in good company. If you love "Cats," this production won't let you down. If you're "Cats"-curious, it's unlikely to win you over. For a show that begins and ends with feline fascination and goes nowhere in between, "Cats" is oddly divisive. It's hated for lack of plot, a grandiose and oversynthesized Andrew Lloyd Webber score, zombie wigs and more belly stripes than you'll ever find in nature. "
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Sarah L. Kaufman

MetroWeekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...They also sing that they're political, but that's a stretch, too. Cats concerns living, dying, eating, and dancing - but not much loving or learning. The sense of kid-friendly innocence feels not entirely authentic to the species, or as intriguing as, say, Stephen King's Cat's Eye notion that your four-legged friend steals into your room at night to inhale your essence while you sleep. These Cats are relatively tame in the end, and, despite Webber's songs about their fathomless self-possession and mystery, are more ingratiating and eager to entertain than any real cat you've ever met."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Don't miss this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. This is a show for theatre lovers non-theatre lovers of all ages and because of its versatility, it strikes people on many different levels. Whether you've already experienced CATS, or are waiting to experience it for the first time, don't miss your opportunity to catch this true gem of a production of the famed, international hit musical!"
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Brandon Horwin

Talkin Broadway - Highly Recommended

"...The performers more than live up to expectations, uniformly accomplished with feline grace and a variety of specialty skills. As Grizabella, the once beautiful, now shabby gray cat who sings "Memory," Keri Rene Fuller captures the audience's sympathy with her sense of desperate hope. Caitlin Bond, as the white cat Victoria, does breathtaking splits and leg lifts in the most balletic choreography; McGee Maddox swaggers as the bad-boy rocker Rum Tum Tugger; Emily Jeanne Phillips turns prim Jennyanydots into a tap-dancing dynamo; Gulan is moving as elderly Asparagus and Falstaffian as Bustopher Jones; and, as Mr. Mistoffelees, Tony d'Alelio glitters as much as his spangled costume."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Cats is all about spectacle, and the touring production delivers it at the highest professional level, along with singing dancers whose talent and nonstop energy will be catnip to any audience."
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Bob Ashby

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...The current production is a reminder - a "Memory," if you will! - that word of mouth made "Cats" a pop culture phenomenon and with good reason. "Cats" consists of many different styles of music such as Andrews Sisters-style vocals, swing, choir, and rock and roll as well as dancing styles such as ballet and tap dancing. It is all singing and no dialogue, so opera and the classical genre are also included in the mix. In short, everyone is sure to enjoy part of the show, and this makes "Cats" accessible as always, but particularly in a spectacular production such as this."
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Mark Dreisonstok

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...The cast, too, is superb. Beyond the large, vivacious ensemble, Emily Jeanne Phillips and friends toss an unexpected torrent of tap into "The Old Gumbie Cat." McGee Maddox brings a mix of Elvis and Hedwig into his pelvically tireless, rock 'n' roll preening Rum Tum Tugger. Tony d'Alelio and Rose Iannaccone are divine paw-de-deux partners in crime in "Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer." Timothy Gulan brings sweetly sepia backstory, then brass, to "Gus the Theatre Cat." PJ DiGaetano delivers Mistoffelees's aerial balletic mischief. And Brandon Michael Nase imbues Old Deuteronomy with vulnerable sagacity, then operatic authority."
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Alexander C. Kafka

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