Exactly How Hard is the "CATS" Choreography?

June 17, 2017

Well, if you’re Broadway vlogger and dance newbie Tyler Mount, super-easy! In a special video for Playbill.com, Broadway CATS Christine Cornish Smith, Tyler Hanes and Ahmad Simmons lead Mount through a phrase from the feline-tastic musical’s opening number, “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats.”

How did Mount do? Doesn’t really matter. There are plenty of other hair-raisingly amazing things happening in this clip:

1. An up-close view of the iconic, intricate makeup (and specially decorated jazz shoes!) for CATS

2. A fast but followable breakdown of Andy Blankenbuehler’s awesome classic-jazz choreo

3. Mount’s hilarious names for every single count in the phrase: “Get OUTTA here, look at my claws, I’m still a cat!!” Way too familiar to any of us who’ve ever learned character-driven choreography.

4. You didn’t think I’d give it all away, did you? Watch the clip for so much more frenzied felinity: