‘Cats’ gets another life

Show extended to Sept. 10

NEW YORK — “Cats” has sprung another leg.

The producers of Broadway’s longest-running musical have extended its run past the originally announced closing date of June 25. “Cats” now calls it curtains on Sept. 10, which will mark the production’s 7,485th performance at the Winter Garden Theater.

There’s no business like very good business. After the Feb. 20 closing announcement, ticket sales for the Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner topped $1.5 million during the first week, rising to a total of $4.7 million over four weeks. The show has performed at an average of 94% capacity since mid-February, selling out twice in the last 10 weeks. Prior to the closing announcement, capacity had occasionally dipped below the 50% benchmark.

The Sept. 9 evening performance of “Cats” has been donated by the producers to the Actors’ Fund, and tickets are available to the public through the national human-service org. The final performance of “Cats” on Sept. 10 is a by-invitation-only affair.

On Sept. 11, the Winter Garden Theater will undergo what has been described as a six-month renovation. Two musicals, Abba’s “Mamma Mia!” and Kander & Ebb’s “The Visit,” have been mentioned as possible 2001 occupants for the historic venue.

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