Magic Kingdom's newest afternoon castle show: Cats |

Magic Kingdom’s newest afternoon castle show: Cats

Cats on stage at Cinderella Castle. Image by Michael Gray Wantagh [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit replaces Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.

WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL — It’s the fourth-longest running show on Broadway. It’s spawned a Broadway sequel (Cats 2: Kitty Boogaloo) and inspired two major films (The Lion King, with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane repeating their roles as Leo Bloom and Max Bialystock, and DisneyNature’s African Cats, with Samuel L. Jackson as Mufasa). And now Cats is coming to the Magic Kingdom!

“Thrown together”

“It’s actually a Cast Member production from start to finish,” says Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). “Some Entertainment CM’s threw the show together in their spare time — Disney doesn’t work them very hard — and just performed it to entertain themselves and other Cast Members.

“Then we brought Hamilton to Hollywood Studios, and of course that’s a huge success. So the company was looking to bring a little of that Broadway magic to the Magic Kingdom. And here we had a production all ready to go!”

Gotta run

Disney (no relation) couldn’t stay to talk.

“Sorry, wish I could tell you more now,” she said, “but we have a show in two hours, and it takes a while to get made up as Bombalurina!”

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Cover photo: Cats on stage at Cinderella Castle. Image by Michael Gray Wantagh [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.