YABC: Young Australian Broadway Chorus pounces on National Theatre with CATS

A fresh new interpretation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece CATS will take over the National Theatre from January 17-25, 2020 for a limited season of only 10 shows.

This new production by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus (YABC) pays homage to the era when T.S. Eliot wrote the original poems for his children in the 1930s. Audiences will delight as Webber’s renowned musical meets the jazz age and the National Theatre is transformed into a crumbling English Music Hall during the Great Depression. “I’ve taken the design inspiration for this show away from the traditional junkyard and into a setting that evokes a faded opulence,” said director Robert Coates. “We want to literally immerse the audience in the story so we will not only be creating stunning original sets for the stage, but the experience will also extend into the auditorium.”

This theme also extends to the stunning costumes inspired by the glamour of the roaring 20s and 30s which have been designed for the show by Sean Rentero.

“Fashion in this era was changing and the silhouettes of garments like flapper dresses were quite straight, but the costumes we are creating have been designed to flatter the dancer’s bodies and move with them in a dramatic way,” said Sean. “I’ve chosen fabrics for their translucent, iridescent quality to shimmer to blur the lines between dancer and

Over 90 young, talented performers make up the spectacular clowder of Cats who will strut, sing, prance and dance across the stage as they gather together for the annual Jellicle Ball, supported by a youth orchestra.

The YABC have recently presented sell-out seasons of Broadway hits Les Misérables (2019) and Wicked (2018) at the National Theatre, as well as many previous productions including Spring Awakening (National Theatre), The Secret Garden (Southbank Theatre), Seussical (Malthouse Theatre) and The Wizard of Oz (Union Theatre).

“YABC has done it again, they have delivered a classic to the stage….I gave it 5 stars!”

Leigh Drew reviewing Les Misérables

“…a must-see production”
Classic Melbourne – Wicked

“Triumphant all-youth version “
Kate Herbert, Herald Sun reviewing Wicked

Book by TS Elliot. Original Music and Lyrics Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe


Friday 17 January – 7:30pm – Preview                          Wednesday 22 January, 7:30pm

Saturday 18 January, 2:00pm – Preview                      Thursday 23 January, 7:30pm

Saturday 18 January, 7:30pm – Opening Night          Friday 24 January, 7:30pm

Monday 20 January, 6:30pm                                          Saturday 25 January, 2:00pm

Tuesday 21 January, 7:30pm                                           Saturday 25 January, 7:30pm – Closing Night


National Theatre Melbourne                20 Carlisle Street (cnr Barkly St), St Kilda             

Ticket Information:

Cost: $33 – $49.50 +bf

20 Carlisle Street (cnr Barkly St) , St Kilda           Bookings: https://www.catsmusical.com.au/ OR (03) 8199 8344