The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center will host a workshop inspired by the “Ball Scene” from Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s CATS, which could lead to full production in the future.
A list of auditions note “This production reimagines the musical CATS in the context of THE BALLROOM SCENE. The performers do not play literal cats, they play people living in New York City. This is a workshop that may lead to a potential production Our intention is to meet multiple artists through this casting process who we can collaborate with as we potentially project multiple developments in his journey That said, we intend to build relationships with the artists we cast and do not Not cast; we look forward to meeting you through this process anyway.”
“The Ballroom was created as something for everyone. While not all characters are listed as such, it is important to this creative team that people from the global majority (Black, Indigenous , people of color) are represented in this cast.”
Bill Rauch will lead the production, with Choreography consulting by Omari Wiles, Gender Consulting by Josephine Kearns and casting by X Casting.
Composed byAndrew Lloyd Webberand based on TS Eliot Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical show has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages. The original Broadway production opened in 1982 at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway, where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. The original Broadway production ended on September 10, 2000, and is currently the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history. CATS returned to Broadway in July 2016 in a stunning revival atneil simonTheatre, where it took place until December 2017.
A touring production is currently touring across the United States with dates through June 2023.
Distribution of characters
[OLD DEUTERONOMY] – 1940s-1970s, Black/Indigenous/People of Color. Singer. Drag Queen/King/Elder. Highly respected. The only icon on the panel tonight.
[GRIZABELLA] – 30-60 years old, trans woman, black/indigenous/people of color. Singer. Currently homeless and in poor condition, an outcast. Her glory days in the ballroom are behind her. At the end of tonight’s event, she will win the grand prize.
[MUNKUSTRAP] – 30 to 50 years old, male identification, Black/Indigenous/Person of color. Singer. Our MC for tonight’s event. Charismatic, confident, charming.
[GUS (ASPARAGUS)] – 40 to 80 years old, male identification, Black/Indigenous/Person of color. A dedicated theater queen. Experienced the AIDS crisis. Spends most of the show watching from the audience, but ‘Butch Queen Face’ (a category) brings it back on stage.
[RUM TUM TUGGER] – male identification, Black/Indigenous/Person of Colour, bisexual. Like Freddie Mercury. Singer. A “curious cat”. Wins the Pretty Boy Realness category.
[MISTOFFELEES] – Gender non-conforming, non-binary. A showstopper that magically makes its Runway competitors disappear.