On May 11, 1981, CATS opened at the New London Theatre in the West End. Eight years later it celebrated its first important milestone: after 3,358 performances CATS became the longest running musical in the history of British Theatre. CATS played its final performance on its 21st birthday, May 11, 2002.
CATS opened on Broadway October 7, 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City and continued to live up to its motto “Now and Forever.” On June 19, 1997, CATS became the longest running musical on Broadway. It ended its 18 year run on September 10, 2000 with 7,485 performances.
In October of 1991 CATS became the longest continuously touring show in American Theatre history. Five continents, 26 countries, over eight and a half million audience members and 27 years later, CATS is still America’s most loved family musical. Celebrating not only 27 years but the birth of the musical spectacular, CATS is still revolutionary and awe inspiring.