'Cats' to return to Broadway after 16-year hiatus

'Cats' Will Return to Terrorize Broadway Once More

Broadway fans may want to free up your summer, staring right meow: Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" is returning to the stage in August after a 16-year hiatus.

Preview performances will begin on July 14; the official opening is set for Aug. 2. The Winter Garden Theatre classic is moving to the Neil Simon Theatre.

The new run of "Cats" will be produced by The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization.

"In 1982, the arrival of 'Cats' took Broadway by storm," they said in a joint statement. "The show went on to dazzle audiences at the Winter Garden for the next 18 years, becoming one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. We are delighted to join together to bring Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical back to Broadway."

When the show opens, it will mean that Webber once-again has three musicals running simultaneously on Broadway, as "Cats" will join "The Phantom of the Opera" and "School of Rock – The Musical." The Jack Black movie adaptation is currently taking up the stage at Winter Garden, if you were wondering.

"Cats," originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen, and The Shubert Organization, ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. The Webber-composed play is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats."

The creative team for the new "Cats" includes Mick Potter (Sound Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), John Napier (Scenic & Costume Design), choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography and associate direction by Gillian Lynne, and direction by Trevor Nunn.

This new production of "Cats" is licensed by The Really Useful Group. Nina Lannan serves as executive producer.

Check out another Broadway hit, "The Lion King" in the gallery below!

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Alton Fitzgerald White as 'Mufasa', Idina Menzel and Mukelisiwe Goba as 'Rafiki' pose backstage after a performance of 'The Lion King' on Broadway at Minskoff Theatre on January 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Alton Fitzgerald White as 'Mufasa' and Mukelisiwe Goba as 'Rafiki' pose backstage after a performance of 'The Lion King' on Broadway at Minskoff Theatre on January 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Chondra La-Tease Profit, Lindiwe Diamini and Alton Fitzgerald White White attends the Lighting Ceremony Honoring The 15th Anniversary Of Broadway's 'The Lion King' at The Empire State Building on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Chondra La-Tease Profit, Lindiwe Diamini and Alton Fitzgerald White White attends the Lighting Ceremony Honoring The 15th Anniversary Of Broadway's 'The Lion King' at The Empire State Building on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Chondra La-Tease Profit attends the Lighting Ceremony Honoring The 15th Anniversary Of Broadway's 'The Lion King' at The Empire State Building on December 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
US President George W. Bush (4th L) and his Ghanaian counterpart John Kufuor (4th R) pose with the cast of the Broadway production of 'The Lion King' in the Rose Garden at the White House following a state dinner in Washington on September 15, 2008. Bush rolled out the red carpet for Kufuor, who hosted him in Accra in February, and called Ghana 'a model of entrepreneurship and democracy and peace on the continent of Africa.' AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 15: (AFP OUT) U.S. President George W. Bush (2nd-L) and Ghana President John Kufuor (R) pose for photographs with members of the Broadway cast of 'The Lion King' after a performance in the Rose Garden at the White House September 15, 2008 in Washington, DC. Kufuor is on a three-day state visit to the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Lions watch as antelopes dances during opening night of the Best of Broadway production of Disneys The Lion King Feb. 2, 2004 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, Calif. (Bob Pepping/Contra Costa Times)
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