Service Dog Not A Fan Of ‘Cats,’ Runs After Musical Cast Member During Show

Maybe the dog wanted to go to "Hamilton" instead.

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Bombalurina (played here by Barbara Melzer) had to rely on cat-like reflexes as she ran away from a dog in pursuit. Via Effie/Wikipedia
Anastasia Thrift

“Cats” is one of the longest-running Broadway musicals, with 7,488 performances, according to the magazine Playbill. It also was one of the longest-running Broadway shows without a dog incident, but that all changed this week.

Page Six reports that an audience member’s service dog chased a cast member of “Cats” on Dec. 3, 2017. Mild chaos ensued at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City during the opening number of the musical, which first debuted on Broadway in 1982.

“[The dog] got away from its owner and ran after [the character] Bombalurina, performed by actress Mackenzie Warren, during the opening number,” an anonymous source told the website.

An usher quickly took action and brought the dog back to the owner. The owner was, apparently, “mortified,” according to the source.

“In the storied history of ‘Cats,’ this is the first time one of the actual cats was involved in an incident with a dog,” a spokesperson for the musical told Page Six. “We’re pleased to report that no animals or humans were harmed in the dust-up, and the performance continued without a hitch.”

Everything appears to be back to normal. Now it’s time for the show to get back on track and for the musical to reset that “Days Without a Dog Incident” calendar.

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