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August 21 - September 11

  • Second longest-running show in Broadway history
  • CATS has played in over 20 countries and over 250 cities
  • Translated into 10 languages
  • Original production won 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, 3 Olivier Awards and 3 Drama Desk Awards
  • “Memory” has been recorded by over 150 recording artists including Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow and Johnny Mathis

Taylor Dayne is one of music’s most dynamic artists of all time. She has sold more than 75 million albums and singles, garnered three GRAMMY nominations and appeared in many film, television and Broadway stage roles, including Elton John’s Aida. Her unique vocal style has earned her best-selling gold and platinum albums resulting in seventeen Top 20 singles including the #1 hits: “Tell It To My Heart”, “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love To Me.”

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Week 1 August - September 217:30pm 227:30pm 232:00pm
Week 2 267:30pm 272:00pm
297:30pm 302:00pm
Week 3 22:00pm 32:00pm
57:30pm 68:00pm 78:00pm
Week 4 92:00pm 102:00pm

* - Taylor Dayne will not make appearances at the August 24 shows

Taylor Dayne (Grizabella) stands out as one of music's most dynamic artists of all time. Her unique vocal style has earned her numerous best-selling gold and platinum albums, which produced seventeen Top 20 singles, among them number 1 hits such as "Tell It To My Heart,” "Love Will Lead You Back," and "Prove Your Love.”

During the course of her career, Taylor has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnered three GRAMMY nominations, and appeared in many film, television, and Broadway stage roles including Elton John's, Aida.

Taylor is also considered an exceptional songwriter; having co-penned Tina Turner’s hit "Whatever You Want." In 2008, Taylor released her latest album, Satisfied, collaborating with major platinum selling writers Mike Mangini (Baha Men, Digable Planets, O-Town, Bruce Hornsby), Peter Wade (Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Natasha Bedingfield), as well as New Radicals’ Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels (Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Santana). "Satisfied" enjoyed great success in the USA, immediately positioning its single "Beautiful" at Billboard's #1 slot. In 2009, Taylor contributed songs to the hit film Sex And The City 2, to be followed up in 2010 by delivering a breathtaking spectacular in Cologne, Germany where she performed “Facing A Miracle,” the official anthem of the Gay Games VIII, during an opening ceremony that ended in a five-minute standing ovation.

A favorite with the fans, Rolling Stone Magazine readers voted Taylor Dayne as the number one choice to replace Paula Abdul on American Idol. In 2011, Taylor released her latest single, "Floor on Fire,” which garnered her 18th top ten Billboard hit. "Floor on Fire" currently sits at #8 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Taylor also won an HMMA award for "Change The World," which was featured on the trailer for the Academy Award nominated film, The Help.

Taylor wrapped up 2011 with a national and international tour throughout the US and Australia.
Cameron Bartell (u/s Rum Tum Tugger, Gus, Skimbleshanks, Alonzo, Macavity) is thrilled to be joining the MGR team with this fantastic cast! Regional credits: The Sound of Music (Rolf) at Westchester Broadway Theatre, Gypsy (Tulsa), The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) and Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio). Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Aunt Linda for their unending support and love. Native of Orlando, FL and proud University of Alabama Musical Theatre graduate. Roll Tide!
Sarah Bumgarner (Victoria) is thrilled to be making her MGR debut in Cats! Sarah toured nationally and internationally with Cats (Victoria) Sarah recently danced with the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary Tour. Other favorites: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels National Tour, Cabaret (Texas), Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble) and Guys and Dolls. Sarah is an alumnus of North Carolina School of the arts and a NASM certified personal trainer. Thanks to my family for all the love, support and dance classes! And thank you, Jacob for bringing me back to the junk yard, it's been an absolute blast!
Andrew DiConcetto (Skimbleshanks, u/s Munkustrap) is thrilled to be a part of the Merry-Go-Round season! Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Andrew received a BFA from NYU’s CAP21 musical theatre program. Most recently he was seen performing for Norwegian Cruise Line in the Caribbean and Hawaii. Other credits include CATS (National Tour), Babes in Toyland (Lincoln Center), About Face (NYMF festival), and West Side Story (Allenberry Playhouse). He would like to thank his wonderful family and friends for their never-ending love and support!
Jessica Dillan (Demeter, Dance Captain) is excited to be making her MGR debut! Broadway credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ethel Peas) , Thou Shalt Not, CATS (Sillabub) in the final company. Off Broadway: The Fartiste. National Tours : Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ethel Peas and D.C), Swing! 1st National , CATS (Victoria), Cabaret and On The Town. Favorite Regional Credits include: Oklahoma (BTG), White Christmas (Alhambra),CATS (Gateway Playhouse) Tarzan (NSMT) Belle in Beauty and the Beast (WBT) Louise in Gypsy (WBT) and Sarah in For the Glory (Majestic Theatre). Jessica would to thank Jacob Brent for letting her come back to the junkyard and be a part of this magical show! Special thanks also to Ed and Brett! Love you Mom and Dad!
Aubrey Elson (Sillabub) is so excited to play in the junkyard again! Previous CATS productions as Sillabub: 2 years National tour (u/s Rumpleteazer), Musical Theatre West, and Gateway Playhouse (u/s Demeter). Other roles include: Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Moonlight CLO); ensemble/u/s Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Gateway); Bet in Oliver (Fullerton CLO); Alice in Seven Brides... (Cabrillo Music Theatre); Dance Captain for Me And My Girl (Moonlight CLO). USC graduate. So grateful to Jacob, my family, and Steven Dry. Peace, love, and kittens!
KC Fredericks (Mistoffelees) is honored to make his Merry-Go-Round debut! Nat’l tours: Wicked (Chistery), Cats. Favorite regional: The Little Mermaid (US Flounder) at Paper Mill, Pittsburgh CLO, & K.C. Starlight, Mark in A Chorus Line (Paper Mill), Chicago (The Muny), Joseph…Dreamcoat (The Muny), The Music Man (Maltz Jupiter). Dance companies: RhetOracle Dance Company (Los Angeles), Odyssey Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City). Film/TV: SMASH, Disney’s High School Musical 3, The American Mall (MTV), Live from Lincoln Center, & Nokia. Love and thanks to God, Jacob, MGR, & CTG.
Abigail Gatlin (Bombalurina) is thrilled to be making her debut at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse! Most recently she was seen performing as a Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Favorite credits include Bombalurina in CATS, Marty in Grease, and Guildenstern in Hamlet. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College. Endless thanks to her family and to God for these opportunities.
Erica Leigh Hansen (Jennyanydots, u/s Jellylorum) is thrilled to return to the junkyard after spending 2 years on the National Tour of CATS! Favorite roles include Cunegonde (Candide), Diana (Next to Normal), Olive (Spelling Bee), Rusty (Footloose), Martha (The Secret Garden), and Paulina (A Winter's Tale). Thank you to Jacob and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse for this incredible opportunity!
Justin Henry (Alonzo) a proud New York City resident, is a Cajun from South Louisiana. Favorite credits include Damn Yankees and Peter Pan (Paper Mill Playhouse), White Christmas (Denver Center), Chicago (The MUNY), CATS (Cohoes), Cabaret (The Palace Theatre), La Cage Aux Folles (Hilton Head), Disney Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruise Line. So happy to work with Jacob and the CATS family again!
Lucy Horton (Jellylorum, Griddlebone, u/s Grizabella) is thrilled to be making her Merry-Go-Round debut!! National tour: CATS. Favorite Regional Theatre: Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Annie (Grace Farrell), The Boys From Syracuse (Adriana), CATS (Jellylorum), Sound of Music (Maria). Love and thanks to Mum, Dad and Jo!
Amanda LaMotte (Rumpleteazer) has been seen at MGR in Singin' in the Rain, Legally Blonde, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes this summer. Favorite past credits include - National tours: CATS (Kitten Swing), Dragon Tales Live (Emmy). Regional: Music Man (Agnes), A Chorus Line (Kristine), Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde), Bye, Bye, Birdie! (Kim), Grease (Frenchy). Amanda would like to thank her Dad always being her biggest fan, MGR Playhouse for the opportunity to share this art, as well as her friends and family for their unwavering support. BFA from Florida State University.
Patrick Mellen (Old Deuteronomy) is very pleased to be making his MGR debut with CATS. In New York, he has appeared on Broadway in Lestat and Off-Broadway in Frankenstein. Great thanks to MSL, Friends, and Family. Go Cats.
Emily Palmquist (Cassandra, u/s Demeter) is proud to call herself a 2013 MGR Season Company Member! She was most recently seen in MGR's production of Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), directed and choreographed by Brett Smock. Other previous productions include Gateway Playhouse’s CATS (Tantomile, u/s Bombalurina) and My Fair Lady (Ensemble). She has also had the privilege to work with choreographers such as David Marquez, Jacob Brent, Al Blackstone, Linda Talcott Lee, and Maria Torres. A special thanks to family and friends who provide so much love and support. Love you all.
Will Porter (Mungojerrie) is overjoyed to make his MGR debut in CATS, with old friends and new! Previously, Will sailed the seven seas with Mickey Mouse aboard The Disney Wonder, playing Peter Pan in the award winning musical, "Disney Dreams," flying around, dressing like a pirate on Pirate Night, and introducing The Characters to thousands of guests. Naturally, Will is grateful to perform on land! Endless thanks to Jacob and Brett. This is Will's 4th trip to the Jellicle Ball. Enjoy the show!!! #NowAndForever
Ethan Saviet (Tumblebrutus) is thrilled to be spending the summer working on MGR's season. He is currently a junior at Syracuse University studying musical theatre. He most recently appeared in the SU drama department's production of Violet playing various roles. He would like to thank his family and friends for their endless love and support.

Christopher E. Sidoli (Bustopher Jones, Aspara(Gus), Growltiger, u/s Old Deuteronomy) attended Skidmore College as a Filene Scholar where he studied opera and vocal performance under Anne Turner. Off-Broadway he was in the hit The Awesome 80's Prom (original cast), June Again (EST), and The Children of Children (Merkin Hall). National/International tour of Cats 25th Anniversary (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones). Regional productions of The Secret Garden (Archibald Craven), Side Show (Terry), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Gabriel), and Closer than Ever. He is one of the creators and performers of Mama and Her Boys which ran this past winter Off Broadway at the Underground Theater. This summer he performed a successful one man concert in Provincetown, Massachusetts called Look to the Stars featuring new music by Lucy Simon. He is honored to be performing with such a talented cast and director.
Adam Ryan Tackett (Rum Tum Tugger) is thrilled to attend the Jellicle Ball once again after having played Skimbleshanks on the national tour of CATS nearly 8 years ago! Select Credits: Legally Blonde (Emmett), Joseph… Dreamcoat (Joseph, National Tour), A Dance for Rylie (Matthew, Planet Conn. Best Actor Nom.), My Fair Lady (Ogunquit), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC & Tour), Merrily We Roll Along (Charley), OSTC, SSMT, Wayside Theatre, Holland America Cruise Line, Tokyo Disneyland. BFA: Shenandoah Conservatory. Thanks to family, friends, MGR, Dave at DH, and Jacob!
Jonathan Tylicki (Plato, Macavity) hails from NYC, by way of Cleveland, Ohio. Career highlights include: Chicago, Legally Blonde, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hey Mr Producer!, The Madness of May, The Will Roger’s Follies, Fame!, Swing!, and Semi-Finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Season 2). Jonathan has performed around the world as an Aerialist, Featured Dancer, and Dance Captain with Jean Ann Ryan Productions. He is honored to be performing at MGR, with such a purrfect cast! Love always to Mom, Dad, and his Kitty!
Josh Walden (Munkustrap) Broadway: Harry Thaw, Ragtime; Mercedes, La Cage aux Folles; Bobby/Larry/Paul/Don/Greg/Ritchie covers, A Chorus Line; Thug/Waiter, 42nd Street. Off Broadway: Mayor of Who, Seussical; Dickie Harrington, The Awesome 80’s Prom; JWM, Doonce! National Tour: Carlos, Legally Blonde; Nick, BIG. Regional: Houdini, Ragtime, The Kennedy Center; Manita Bryant/Gidde/Robert, Tales of the City, American Conservatory Theater; Marcellus, The Music Man, Glimmerglass Festival; Tulsa, Gypsy, Sacramento Music Circus; Cousin Kevin, The Who’s Tommy, Bay Street Theatre. NYU/TSOA/CAP 21 grad.
Chaz Wolcott (Pouncival, u/s Mistoffelees) is proud to pounce into the junkyard at MGR! Previous MGR credits: Singin in the Rain (Dance Captain), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Dance Captain) and Legally Blonde. This isn’t Chaz’s first Cats! Previously seen as Mistoffelees on 30th Anniversary National Tour and at Music Theatre of Wichita. Regional: Fulton, The Gateway, Westchester Broadway, Casa Mañana, The Fireside. OCU graduate. Xoxo Mom! Endless love and thanks to Jacob Brent. So much gratitude to Ed, Brett and the team at MGR for an incredible summer. Please visit!


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17 William Street, Suite 304
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 255-1305
[email protected]