Skip to main content Skip to footer
Exclusive Backstage Photos

Exclusive Photos! Go Backstage at Broadway's Cats as the Cast Transforms Into Jellicle Cats

May 30th, 2017 by

jennyandersonphoto Jennyanina Share
Exclusive Photos! Go Backstage at Broadway's Cats as the ...

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 Cats as they prepared for the Jellicle Ball.

Cats- Broadway-  Claire Rathbun - Victoria White Cat- Revival

Photo by Jenny Anderson

New cast member Claire Rathbun warms up onstage before taking on the demanding dance role of Victoria, the white cat.

Cats- Broadway-  Claire Rathbun- Victoria White Cat- Revival

Photo by Jenny Anderson


https://d12edgf4lwbh8j.cloudfront.net/mediaspot/Cornish.jpg

Cats standout Christine Cornish Smith listens to some music as she applies her Bombalurina makeup.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Jakob Karr- Carbucketty

Photo by Jenny Anderson

So You Think You Can Dance runner up Jakob Karr makes his Broadway debut as Carbucketty.

https://d12edgf4lwbh8j.cloudfront.net/mediaspot/Tanner.jpg

As does Tanner Ray Wilson.

https://d12edgf4lwbh8j.cloudfront.net/mediaspot/Emily.jpg

There’s no way to do a Cats wig without some legit pin curls. Just ask Emily Pynenburg (Cassandra).

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Sharrod Williams- Pouncival

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Over in his room, Sharrod Williams paints on his elaborate Pouncival face.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Sarah Jane Shanks- Jellylorum

Photo by Jenny Anderson

A look at Sarah Jane Shanks as she transforms into Jellylorum.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Fight Call- Dance Call

Photo by Jenny Anderson

In no time, cats are center stage for dance/fight call.

https://d12edgf4lwbh8j.cloudfront.net/mediaspot/Fight-Call-Long.jpg
Cats- Broadway- Revival- Christopher Gurr

Photo by Jenny Anderson

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.

https://d12edgf4lwbh8j.cloudfront.net/mediaspot/Gurr-Long.jpg
Cats- Broadway- Revival- Jeremy Davis

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Beside him, Jeremy Davis (Skimbleshanks) stretches out as well.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Ricky Ubeda- Tyler Hanes- Backstage- Dressing Room

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Next stop is the shared dressing room of showstoppers Ricky Ubeda and Tyler Hanes.

https://d12edgf4lwbh8j.cloudfront.net/mediaspot/Ricky-Long.jpg

A look at Ricky’s Mr. Mistoffelees spot.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Tyler Hanes- Backstage- Dressing Room

Photo by Jenny Anderson

In full beat, Tyler chills for a few before the wig comes on.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Ricky Ubeda-Backstage- Dressing Room

Photo by Jenny Anderson

There’s always time for a quick snack before the wigs.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Ricky Ubeda- Backstage- Dressing Room

Photo by Jenny Anderson


Cats- Broadway- Revival-Tyler Hanes- Backstage- Dressing Room

Photo by Jenny Anderson


#FierceAF

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Ahmad Simmons and Zachary Daniel Jones

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Next dressing room duo to check in on is Ahmad Simmons and Zachary Daniel Jones.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Ahmad Simmons - Alonzo

Photo by Jenny Anderson

It’s all smiles for Ahmad Simmons who makes his Broadway debut as Alonzo.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage-- Mungojerrie-Zachary Daniel Jones

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Zachary Daniel Jones makes his B’way debut as the naughty trouble-maker Mungojerrie.

https://d12edgf4lwbh8j.cloudfront.net/mediaspot/Maria-cell.jpg

Once the show starts, it’s a marathon, so this is Claire Rathbun's last time to check her phone for a while.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Mamie Parris- Grizabella

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Time to visit with Cats’ leading lady, Mamie Parris. She stops the show as Grizabella with her wonderful "Memory".

https://d12edgf4lwbh8j.cloudfront.net/mediaspot/Mamie-2.jpg

Those eyes! #YasGriz

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Ahmad Simmons -Ricky Ubeda- Selfie

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Places!! …But first lemme take a selfie.

https://d12edgf4lwbh8j.cloudfront.net/mediaspot/Stretch-long.jpg

One last stretch!

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Jellicle Ball

Photo by Jenny Anderson

The Jellicle Ball has begun.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Jeremy Davis

Photo by Jenny Anderson

After the number, Jeremy Davis steps backstage to change his shoes.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Tyler Hanes

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Meanwhile Tyler does a full change to become Rum Tum Tugger.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Tyler Hanes

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Last look for Tyler before he heads back on.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Jellicle Ball

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Back onstage the dancers are giving their all for the audience. See it yourself when you visit Cats at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre.

Cats- Broadway- Revival- Backstage- Jellicle Ball

Photo by Jenny Anderson