NEW YORK — The fur went flying at a performance of the long-running musical “Cats,” when a spectator’s service dog lost its cool and began chasing one of the cat-suited performers.
The pooch, who obviously isn’t a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s work, wriggled free from its owner at a show earlier this week at the Neil Simon Theater and began running after Bombalurina, performed by actress Mackenzie Warren, Page Six reported.
But before the episode got out of hand, an alert usher “intervened and returned the wayward canine to its mortified owner,” a witness told the gossip page.
“In the storied history of ‘Cats,’ this is the first time one of the actual cats was involved in an incident with a dog. We’re pleased to report that no animals or humans were harmed in the dust-up, and the performance continued without a hitch,” a spokesperson for the show said.
The mega-smash musical first opened in London in 1981 and at the Winter Garden Theater in New York the following year. It ran for an epic 21 years in London and 18 in New York before closing. It returned to Broadway as a revival in 2016 and is set to close at the end of the year.
It’s first Broadway run was the longest in history at the time, although it has since been surpassed by “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Chicago,” and “The Lion King.”