Can We Really Blame a Dog for Freaking Out During Cats?

Service animal went after feline-dressed performer during Broadway play
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2017 9:55 AM CST
Performers in costumes pose for photographers during a photo op to promote the return of British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" to London on July 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – A showing of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats almost went to the dogs this week, quite literally. Witnesses tell the New York Post that during a performance at New York City's Neil Simon Theatre, a service dog broke free from its owner during the opening number and rushed the stage to go after the character Bombalurina, played by actress Mackenzie Warren. An usher reportedly came to the rescue, rounding up the "wayward canine" and bringing it back to its "mortified owner."

Time Out New York notes that even though the theater's policy is no animals, "an exception is made for guide dogs and service animals." A rep for the musical tells the Post that "in the storied history of Cats, this is the first time one of the actual cats was involved in an incident with a dog." There were no injuries, the rep added, and the show continued after everything settled down.

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