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Cats

"The Jellicle Ball"

Jun 13—Jul 14, 2024

Choreographed by Arturo Lyons and Omari Wiles
Directed by Zhailon Levingston and Bill Rauch

Inspired by the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

A radical reimagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic dance musical based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

Inspired by the Ballroom culture that roared out of New York City over 50 years ago and still rages on runways around the world. Staged as a spectacularly immersive competition by Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Chicken & Biscuits) and PAC NYC Artistic Director Bill Rauch (All the Way), with all new Ballroom and club beats, runway ready choreography, and an edgy eleganza makeover that moves the action from junkyard to runway.  Come one, come all, and celebrate the joyous transformation of self at the heart of Cats and Ballroom culture itself.

By arrangement with The Really Useful Group.

A PAC NYC Production.

Photo by Jai Lennard. Model, Jodi Mugler.

Creative Team

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Composer
Zhailon Levingston – Director
Bill Rauch – Director
Arturo Lyons – Choreographer
Omari Wiles – Choreographer

Rachel Hauck – Scenic Design
Qween Jean – Costume Design
Adam Honoré – Lighting Design
Kai Harada – Sound Design
Brittany Bland – Projection Design
Nikiya Mathis – Hair/Wig Design
Josephine Kearns – Dramaturg & Gender Consultant
William Waldrop – Music Supervision and Music Direction
David Lai – Music Coordinator
Trevor Holder – Beats Arrangement
Capital Kaos – Ballroom Consultant
X Casting/Victor Vazquez C.S.A. – Casting

Cats remains a theatrical milestone that speaks to the transformative power of imagination.

The New York Times

The Ballroom scene is a culture of freedom, expression, and creativity that has always been about pushing boundaries and breaking down barriers. It is a living, breathing, evolving art form that continues to inspire and empower people all over the world.

—Jack Mizrahi, founder of the House of Mizrahi

Josephine Kearns
A woman with shoulder length brown and pink hair wears thick eyeliner. She has a dark colored tank top on and is looking forward
Josephine Kearns Dramaturg and Gender Consultant
Zhailon Levingston
A Black man with short dark hair and a beard wears a black button down shirt
Zhailon Levingston Director
Arturo Lyons
A Black man with short dark hair and a beard faces his left and looks straight forward. he is wearing a red jacket leather jacket with black velvet gloves
Arturo Lyons Choreographer
Bill Rauch
A white man with short light brown hair wears a black blazer and a black shirt. He is standing in front of a purple background
Bill Rauch Director
The Really Useful Group
The Really Useful Group
Andrew Lloyd Webber
A white man with grey hair wears a light blue button down shirt
Andrew Lloyd Webber Composer
Omari Wiles
A Black man with Black hair and mustache wears a red tracksuit style jacket with white stripes down the arms
Omari Wiles Choreographer