'Cats' Is Clawing Its Way Back to Broadway This Summer

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Actors from the musical "Cats" sing during a dress rehearsal in the Theater am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin in October 2002. The Broadway revival is set to open at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York on August 2; the original production closed in 2000 and ran for nearly 7,500 performances after making its premiere in 1982, and has played in dozens of countries in the interim. Jens Kalaene/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

The musical Cats, which once held the title of longest-running show on Broadway, will return to the stage this summer. The Broadway revival is set to play at the Neil Simon Theatre, with previews beginning July 14 and an official opening on August 2.

The show's official account sent a tweet about the news Thursday morning, invoking one of Cats 's iconic songs, "Memory."

Let the memory live again. @CATSBroadway is coming July 2016. Learn more: https://t.co/Ik6ciFj7r3 pic.twitter.com/N5Q83xQWGv

— Cats the Musical (@CatsMusical) January 21, 2016

The original production ran for nearly 7,500 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre beginning in 1982. It closed on September 10, 2000. The musical is based on T.S. Eliot's collection of poems titled Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

It's "set amongst a larger-than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favourite feline characters," who come out once a year for the "Jellicle Ball," according to the show's website. "One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life."

Cats garnered 11 nominations at the 1983 Tony Awards and won seven, including for best musical, best original score (by Andrew Lloyd Weber, with lyrics by Eliot) and best direction of a musical for Trevor Nunn. The Tony Awards Twitter account shared the news as well on Thursday, with a rather raucous GIF.

The Jellicle #Cats come out...this summer! @TheTonyAwards-winning musical begins previews on #Broadway this July. pic.twitter.com/ac1c2UF03O

— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) January 21, 2016

Less than two decades after the show's last Broadway performance, the cats will be singing again with original director Nunn along with choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, lighting designer Natasha Katz and scene and costume designer John Napier.

The news comes just two days after a revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler was confirmed for 2017 and roughly two months after a Fiddler on the Roof revival officially opened at the Broadway Theater.