Grumpy Cat made history on Friday, as the first genuine feline ever to appear in Cats

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She has more than 12 million followers online, has starred in her own Lifetime original movie and even found herself on the New York Times bestseller list. And now, Internet sensation Grumpy Cat can officially add Broadway to her long list of accomplishments.

The Internet’s favorite forever-frowning feline made history on Friday, making her Broadway debut and becoming the first genuine kitty ever to appear in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.

The meme sensation joined the cast on stage at New York’s Neil Simon Theatre and was presented with a certificate making her an honorary “Jellicle Cat” by cast member Quentin Earl Darrington.

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Unfortunately for Grumpy Cat, her stage debut is now just a “memory.” The appearance was a one-night-only affair.


“Being selected as the first real cat to perform in Cats on Broadway was an honor. I hate it,” the Grumpy Cat said in a statement. “If I’m really being honest, I’d prefer to play the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.”

The revival of Cats – its first since closing on Broadway 16-years-ago — is based on T.S. Eliot’s poem “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.”

Featuring a score by Lloyd Webber with lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, the musical tells the story of a pack of cats on the night they decide which cat will ascend to a heaven-like place before coming back in a new life.

The show first opened on Broadway in 1982 and currently holds the title as the second longest running Broadway show of all time. Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera — Grumpy Cat’s favorite show — holds the top spot.

Since first premiering in London in 1981, the show has been presented in more than 30 countries, translated into 15 languages and been seen by more than 73 million people worldwide.