Photographer Jenny Anderson (who shot our fabulous Classic New York Films photos) brings BroadwayBox backstage for an exclusive new series capturing Broadway companies getting ready to take the stage. Recently Jenny was backstage at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre to capture the incredibly-talented cast of the first-ever revival Catsas they prepared for the Jellicle Ball.
New cast member Claire Rathbun warms up onstage before taking on the demanding dance role of Victoria, the white cat.
Cats standout Christine Cornish Smith listens to some music as she applies her Bombalurina makeup.
So You Think You Can Dance runner up Jakob Karr makes his Broadway debut as Carbucketty.
As does Tanner Ray Wilson.
There’s no way to do a Cats wig without some legit pin curls. Just ask Emily Pynenburg (Cassandra).
Over in his room, Sharrod Williams paints on his elaborate Pouncival face.
A look at Sarah Jane Shanks as she transforms into Jellylorum.
In no time, cats are center stage for dance/fight call.
It’s no surprise Christopher Gurr begins rolling it out. He plays three different roles in the show: Bustopher Jones, Gus the Theatre Cat, and Peter.
Beside him, Jeremy Davis (Skimbleshanks) stretches out as well.
A look at Ricky’s Mr. Mistoffelees spot.
In full beat, Tyler chills for a few before the wig comes on.
There’s always time for a quick snack before the wigs.
Next dressing room duo to check in on is Ahmad Simmons and Zachary Daniel Jones.
It’s all smiles for Ahmad Simmons who makes his Broadway debut as Alonzo.
Zachary Daniel Jones makes his B’way debut as the naughty trouble-maker Mungojerrie.
Once the show starts, it’s a marathon, so this is Claire Rathbun's last time to check her phone for a while.
Time to visit with Cats’ leading lady, Mamie Parris. She stops the show as Grizabella with her wonderful "Memory".
Those eyes! #YasGriz
Places!! …But first lemme take a selfie.
One last stretch!
The Jellicle Ball has begun.
After the number, Jeremy Davis steps backstage to change his shoes.
Meanwhile Tyler does a full change to become Rum Tum Tugger.
Last look for Tyler before he heads back on.
Back onstage the dancers are giving their all for the audience. See it yourself when you visit Cats at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre.