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Cats: "The Jellicle Ball"

Jun 13—Aug 11, 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

Run time: Two hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission

Due to cast member illness, the July 23rd performance and the July 24th matinee performance of Cats: “The Jellicle Ball” have been canceled. Please reach out to Audience Services at info@pacnyc.org for ticket information regarding these performances.

A radical reimagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic 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 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 catwalk.  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.

Check out Into’s exclusive look inside the creation of Cats: “The Jellicle Ball”

Major Support for Cats: “The Jellicle Ball” is provided by BNY.
Additional Production Support for Cats: “The Jellicle Ball” is provided by Carlos and Eileen Rodriguez.

Photos: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman.

Note: This playlist contains explicit language and does not reflect the music presented in Cats: “The Jellicle Ball”.

Production Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Composer
T.S. Eliot – Author
Arturo Lyons – Choreographer
Omari Wiles – Choreographer
Zhailon Levingston – Director
Bill Rauch – Director

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
Rania Zohny – Make–Up Designer
Josephine Kearns – Dramaturg & Gender Consultant
William Waldrop – Music Supervisor/Music Director/Conductor
Trevor Holder – Beats Arranger
David Lai – Music Coordinator
Capital Kaos – Ballroom Consultant/DJ
Skylar Fox – Magic and Illusions
Hannah “Rock” Roccisano – Fight Director
Ann James – Intimacy Coordinator
X Casting/Victor Vazquez C.S.A., Sujotta R. Pace C.S.A. – Casting
Jen Ash – Production Stage Manager
Zachry J. Bailey, Adalhia Ivette Hart – Stage Managers
Andrew M. Wenzel – Substitute Stage Manager

Baby – Victoria, u/s Skimbleshanks, Dance Captain
Jonathan Burke – Mungojerrie, Fight Captain
Tara Lashan Clinkscales – Booth Singer/Police Officer/Server, u/s Bombalurina, Jellylorum, Rumpleteazer
André De Shields – Old Deuteronomy
Shelby Griswold – u/s Booth Singer/Police Officer/Server, Demeter, Electra, Victoria
Sydney James Harcourt – Rum Tum Tugger
Antwayn Hopper – Macavity
Dava Huesca – Rumpleteazer
Dudney Joseph Jr. – Munkustrap
Capital Kaos – DJ
Junior LaBeija – Gus
Dominique Lee – u/s Booth Singer/Police Officer/Server, DJ, Mistoffelees, Macavity, Tumblebrutus
Robert “Silk” Mason – Mistoffelees
“Tempress” Chasity Moore – Grizabella
Shereen Pimentel – Jellylorum
Primo – Tumblebrutus
Xavier Reyes – Jennyanydots
Nora Schell – Bustopher Jones
Bebe Nicole Simpson – Demeter
Emma Sofia – Cassandra, Skimbleshanks
Phumzile Sojola – Booth Singer/Police Officer/Server, u/s Gus, Munkustrap, Old Deuteronomy
Kendall Grayson Stroud – Electra, u/s Jennyanydots, Mungojerrie, Rum Tum Tugger, Sillabub
Garnet Williams – Bombalurina, u/s Bustopher Jones, Grizabella
Teddy Wilson Jr. – Sillabub

Sujin Kim-Ramsey – Associate Music Director/Associate Conductor/Keyboard 1
Lindsay Noel Miller – Keyboard 2
Eric Kang – Keyboard 3
Justin Vance – Reeds 1
Amy Griffiths – Reeds 2
Calvin Jones – Electric Bass
Clayton Craddock – Drums
Andrew Zinsmeister – Guitars
Doug Schadt – Music Consultant
Bobbie Lee Crow III – Copyist
Stuart Andrews – Keyboard Programmer
Emma James – Associate Keyboard Programmer
Dana Haynes – Ableton Programmer
Susannah Karron – Music Coordinator Associate
Ian Chan – Music Associate
Tan Onwimon – Music Assistant
Isaac Hayward – Rehearsal Pianist

Cooper Howell, N’yomi Stewart – Associate Directors
Shireen Rahimi – Assistant Choreographer
Dawn-Elin Fraser – Dialect Coach
Fiona McDougal – Vocal Coach
Joe Levasseur – Technical Director
Andrew Diaz – Properties Supervisor
Anna Grigo – Associate Scenic Designer
Juhee “KIMKIM” Kim – Assistant Scenic Designer
Emily White – Associate Costume Designer
Amelia Camilo, Ryan Wilbat – Assistant Costume Designers
Shannon Clarke – Associate Lighting Designer
Joseph Haggerty – Associate Sound Designer
Hannah Tran – Associate Projection Designer
Joey Moro – Assistant Projection Designer
Jacqueline Reed – Animator
Don Cieslik – Video Programmer
Mattie Chanel Milano – Associate Hair and Wig Designer
Courtney Horry – Assistant Hair and Wig Designer
Carson Gross – Head Electrician
Margaret Peebles – Assistant Head Electrician.
Chris Stowell – Light Board Operator
Jason Kelly, Nya Mullins, Shawn Salick, Dana Spataru – Follow Spot Operators
Laura Chrismon – Deck Electrician
Jake Roberts, Colin Scott – Lighting Programmer
Natalie Shipley – Follow Spot Assistant
Harry Platt – Head Audio
Marc Fisher III – Sound Mixer
Dan Axe, Jason McGuire – Deck Audio
Mike Gorrell – Lead Carpenter
Steve Goffin, Edwin Roman – Carpenters
Lawrence Jennino – Lead Prop
Harley Davidson, Anton Graham, Dan Walsh – Props
Ellie Brown, Brett Cotov, Patrice Escandon, Samantha Schoffner – Props Artisans
Applause Shop, BB Props, BNG Industries – Shops
Emily Lin – Lead Automation
Dan Rao – Head Projection
Ridley Walker – Projection Technician
Zinda Williams – Head of Wardrobe
Chip Glynn, Rashida Poole, Jermaine Terry, Maryann Towne, Elaina Williams, Gregory Young – Dressers
Rania Zohny – Hair, Wig, and Makeup Head
Nyomi Bethune, Desiree Easton-Dennis, Chynah Gayton, Caitlin Malloy, Latisha Rankin, Karol Rodriguez – Hair, Wig, and Makeup Assistants
Daniel Weissglass – Magic and Illusions Associate
Luzmyrna Crespo, Jake Haven Parisse – Fight Direction Assistants
Dr. Frank Leon Roberts – Exhibition Curatorial Consultant
Harkness Center for Dance Injuries – Physical Therapy
Clinicians of the Diaspora – Mental Health
Aliyah Curry, Olivia Mancini – Production Assistants

Image Credits

Photos by Ceasar Ballroom Throwbacks
Photos by Gerard H. Gaskin
Courtesy of Jennie Livingston
Photos Courtesy of Chantal Regnault

Post-show Discussions: Jun 23 & 27

Jun 23
Paris Is Still Burning

A modern take on Jennie Livingston’s 1991 film Paris Is Burning, New Pride Agenda presents a speaker series featuring pioneers, legends, and stars from the House Ballroom community. Discussion topics include mentorship, chosen family, legacy, the upcoming kiki scene, and more!

The aim of this space is to bring together the LGBTQ+ community and our allies to learn more about our history and impact together, and to disrupt the mainstream narrative of Ballroom life and culture.

Moderated by Mother Jocelyn Milan.

Jun 27
Members of the Cats: “The Jellicle Ball” cast and creative team discuss the inspiration, themes, and creative process behind this radical reimagining.

The conversation will be moderated by Adin Walker, PhD candidate at Stanford University, who is currently writing a book on a cultural history of Cats.

Content Advisory

Contains depictions of radical acceptance, magic, Ballroom legends, flashing lights, audience interaction, detainment by police, holstered theatrical firearms, glitter, full splits, burlesque, dance battles, loud music, and purr…a lot of purr.

Production Advisory

This production contains strobes, flashing lights, and theatrical haze.

Additional Resources
Ticket Savings Programs

The following discounts are currently available by calling 212-266-3000:

Student Discounts
Full-time students are invited to purchase tickets at 50% off plus applicable fees for select events, subject to availability. One student ticket per valid ID. Identification is requested at the time of ticket pick up.

Under 30 Discount
Under 30s are invited to purchase $30 tickets for select events, subject to availability. Proof of age for each member of the party will be required at the time of ticket pick up. Under 30s can purchase one ticket per event, and applicable transaction fees will be applied to each purchase.

The following discount is currently available by calling 212-266-3011:

Group Discount
Groups of 10 or more receive 10% off and 20 or more receive 15% off.

Critics’ Pick!
A Lightning Strike! Cats: “The Jellicle Ball” has managed a Grizabella return, reincarnating itself in fabulousness. It sets the joy free!

The New York Times

Paris Is Purring!
The fur flies in an absolutely fabulous reconception. Levingston and Rauch’s vision fits Cats like a long sequined glove.

Time Out

★★★★
A Raucous Success!

New York Post

The hottest ticket of the summer! Absolutely the talk of the town.

NBC NY Live

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
William Waldrop
William Waldrop Music Supervisor & Music Director
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

Cast:

Baby
Baby Victoria
Jonathan Burke
Jonathan Burke Mungojerrie
Tara Lashan Clinkscales
Tara Lashan Clinkscales Ensemble
André De Shields
André De Shields Old Deuteronomy
Bryce Farris
Bryce Farris Understudy
Shelby Griswold
Shelby Griswold Understudy
Sydney James Harcourt
Sydney James Harcourt Rum Tum Tugger
Antwayn Hopper
Antwayn Hopper Macavity
Dava Huesca
Dava Huesca Rumpleteazer
Dudney Joseph Jr.
Dudney Joseph Jr. Munkustrap
Capital Kaos
Capital Kaos DJ
Junior LaBeija
Junior LaBeija Gus
Dominique Lee
Dominique Lee Understudy
Robert "Silk" Mason
Robert "Silk" Mason Mistoffelees
"Tempress" Chasity Moore
"Tempress" Chasity Moore Grizabella
Shereen Pimentel
Shereen Pimentel Jellylorum
Primo
Primo Tumblebrutus
Xavier Reyes
Xavier Reyes Jennyanydots
Nora Schell
Nora Schell Bustopher Jones
Bebe Nicole Simpson
Bebe Nicole Simpson Demeter
Emma Sofia
Emma Sofia Skimbleshanks
Phumzile Sojola
Phumzile Sojola Ensemble
Kendall Grayson Stroud
Kendall Grayson Stroud Ensemble
Garnet Williams
Garnet Williams Bombalurina
Teddy Wilson Jr.
Teddy Wilson Jr. Sillabub

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