List of awards and nominations for the musical Cats

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Cats at the New London Theatre.

Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. It revolves around the Jellicle cat tribe during an important night, in which one cat is to be chosen to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.[1] The musical was produced by Cameron Mackintosh, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne.[2]

Cats premiered at the New London Theatre in the West End in 1981, and ran for 21 years and almost 9,000 performances.[1] The musical garnered six Laurence Olivier Awards nominations, winning two awards: Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in a Musical (Gillian Lynne).[3]

In 1982, Cats opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway where it played for 18 years and 7,485 performances.[4] This production received eleven Tony Award nominations, out of which it won seven: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (T. S. Eliot), Best Original Score (Andrew Lloyd Webber and T. S. Eliot), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Betty Buckley), Best Direction of a Musical (Trevor Nunn), Best Costume Design (John Napier), and Best Lighting Design (David Hersey).[5] At the 1983 Drama Desk Awards, the musical was nominated for five awards. It won three, including Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Music.[6] The Washington D.C production received three Helen Hayes nominations in 1985, winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Touring Production for Diane Fratantoni.[7][8] The Toronto production was nominated for seven Dora Mavor Moore Award and won all of them.[9][10] In Paris, the French production of Cats won one Molière Award.[11][12]

The London and Broadway cast recordings were both nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, which the latter won.[13][14] The 2014 London revival was nominated for 2 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best Musical Revival but won none.[15] The 2016 Broadway revival starring Leona Lewis received six Chita Rivera nominations, one Drama Desk nomination as well as one Drama League nomination.[16]

Original London production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1981 Evening Standard Theatre Awards[17] Best Musical Won
Laurence Olivier Award[3] Actor of the Year in a Musical Brian Blessed Nominated
Wayne Sleep Nominated
Best New Musical Won
Designer of the Year John Napier Nominated
Director of the Year Trevor Nunn Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in a Musical Gillian Lynne Won
1982 Ivor Novello Awards[18] Best British Musical Won
Best Song Musically and Lyrically "Memory" Won
1983 Grammy Award[19][20] Best Cast Show Album Nominated

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1983 Drama Desk Award[6] Outstanding Actress in a Musical Betty Buckley Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design John Napier Won
Outstanding Lighting Design David Hersey Won
Outstanding Lyrics T. S. Eliot Nominated
Outstanding Music Andrew Lloyd Webber Won
Outer Critics Circle Award[21][22] Best Broadway Musical Won
Tony Award[5] Best Musical Won
Best Book of a Musical T. S. Eliot Won
Best Original Score Andrew Lloyd Webber and T. S. Eliot Won
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Harry Groener Nominated
Stephen Hanan Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Betty Buckley Won
Best Direction of a Musical Trevor Nunn Won
Best Choreography Gillian Lynne Nominated
Best Scenic Design John Napier Nominated
Best Costume Design Won
Best Lighting Design David Hersey Won
1984 Grammy Award[23] Best Cast Show Album Won

North American productions[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1985 Helen Hayes Award[7][8] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Touring Production Diane Fratantoni Won
Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Touring Production Sal Mistretta Nominated
Outstanding Touring Production National Theatre Nominated
1985 Dora Mavor Moore Award[9][10] Outstanding Choreography T. Michael Reed Won
Outstanding Costume Design John Napier Won
Outstanding Direction David Taylor Won
Outstanding Lighting Design David Hersey Won
Outstanding Musical Direction Stanley Lebowsky Won
Outstanding Production M.T.E. Productions Won
Outstanding Set Design John Napier Won
1990 Carbonell Awards[24] Supporting Actor, Road Show Joey Pizzi Nominated
1993 Carbonell Awards[25] Supporting Actor, Road Show Jimmy Lockett Won
2003 Jeff Award[26] Outstanding Production of a Musical Marriott Theatre Nominated
Outstanding Choreography Marc Robin Won
Outstanding Ensemble Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design Nancy Missimi Won
Outstanding Lighting Design Diane Ferry Williams Nominated
Outstanding Music Direction Shawn Stengel Nominated
Outstanding Direction of a Musical Marc Robin Nominated
2005 Helen Hayes Award[27] Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production Toby's Dinner Theatre Nominated
2014 Jeff Award[28] Outstanding Lighting Design – Large Jesse Klug Nominated
Outstanding Choreography Marc Robin Nominated
2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award[9][10] Outstanding Performance – Ensemble Nominated
Outstanding Performance – Female Ma-Anne Dionisio Nominated

Australian productions[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2010 Helpmann Awards[29] Best Female Actor in a Musical Delia Hannah Nominated
Green Room Awards[30][31] Female Actor in a Leading Role Delia Hannah Nominated
Male Actor in a Featured Role Michael-John Hurney Nominated
Female Actor in a Featured Role Lisa Marie Parker Nominated
Ensemble Performance Nominated

Paris productions[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1989 Molière Award[11][12] Best Musical Won
2016 Best Musical Nominated

South African productions[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2001 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards[32][33][34][35] Best Performance in a Musical or Revue Warren Kimmel Won
Best Technical Contribution to Theatre for Technical Management Keith Anderson Won

2014 London revival[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2015
Laurence Olivier Award[36][37] Best Musical Revival Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical Nicole Scherzinger Nominated

2016 Broadway revival[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2017[16] Drama Desk Award[38][39] Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical Mick Potter Nominated
Drama League Award[40] Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical Nominated
Chita Rivera Awards[41] Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show Nominated
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show Tyler Hanes Nominated
Ricky Ubeda Nominated
Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Eloise Kropp Nominated
Georgina Pazcoguin Nominated
Christine Cornish Smith Nominated

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