PRODUCED AND DIRECTED
"Dear Tom and the Company of Cats -
Congratulations on a spectacular fundraiser! A special thanks to Jonathan Cerullo and his team for pulling this all off with class and aplomb in such trying times. Onward!"
Brian Stokes Mitchell
The Actors Fund
Chairman of Board
"OMG. It was so damn good. I was delighted for you as it was a lovely and very personal piece of funny/moving/ really talented theatricality “trumped” by authentic expressions of friendship. The show had a human authenticity that is difficult to fake as unlike live theater, the audience always is looking in the eyes of the performer.
MEMORY contrasting film treatment coupled with the brutal/brilliant performances put me over the edge.
The opening zoom musical number had really smart edits and that crazy sense of individual/ensemble choreographic energy in that “no shit, I am so happy to be doing this” manner that your audience had to smile and feel safe."
"I’m crying. What a magnificent accomplishment. Brava!!!"
"What a touching tribute to so many talented people who have brought so much joy to the world and who are so devastated by this pandemic! A truly worthy cause! Thank you all for your kindness to those in need! I had to get more tissues during Memory! May your talents and spirits transcend these dark times!"
"Superb, I was left weeping after that beautiful cover of Memory. Superb!"
"Hey Jonathan, I watched last night. It was terrific. Congratulations. You did a fantastic job. The actress who sang Memory was terrific. Not the easiest song to sing ~ everyone was wonderful. Stay safe. Again – well done YOU! Merle
"What a triumph!!! Congratulations on a spectacular show and thrilling fundraiser. Proud to support this cause. Sending love to Jonathan Cerullo, the many talented participants in tonight’s benefit, and to the team at Broadway Cares, too."
"BRAVO!!!!!! Words escape me to continue. But here goes... That was breath-taking! you put fingers (and talent!) on the weak pulse of a lot of people whose outlook on life is a little tattered right now and got it beating with hope, sadness, and a whole range of other emotions. From "Jellicle Cats" joy to sights of barren b'way streets vacant and sad, to hope by watching a fellow needy human being getting a mask; you made us feel hopeful.
You must know Diane and I miss b'way, Sardis' and the beat you can only feel in the city. I really miss that and am saddened by its' absence. But tonight, you and the cast of the national touring company of "CATS" made us feel: "o.k., we're gonna get thru this thing; make this a better place and get those stage lights fired up again". And for that, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We commend you all."
Don and Diane
"I went to the link and was able to watch your beautiful “CATS” benefit. I was very touched and moved by your story which led into “Memory“. Just perfect. You did a beautiful thing organizing this wonderful and very important benefit. Bravo to you and all those involved. I was very moved and inspired."
"My gratitude to all of you for putting this stunning performance together. what an honor and great privilege to be watching this from my Covid safe apartment.... thank you... I so adore the song Memory. Always an emotional experience. Connecting the song to our current pandemic is brilliant, painfully so! Reminds me of the proverbial light at the end of this endless tunnel and I'm yearning to wake up to the start of a new day. Broadway will once again be the magical and wonderful place that always touched my heart and ignited my brain cells... I'm hoping that this brilliant pandemic-relevant version of Memory will be accessible to everyone... My heartfelt thanks to your amazing cast."
"Thank you to the entire cast and crew who made this happen. It was absolutely beautiful. You created a truly groundbreaking virtual event! It captured the mood of current events and made us dream about what we've all been missing so much these past 7 months. Your work "touched me" and moved my heart. Thank you for making this crazy project a reality!"
"I so loved the "Cats" special for COVID relief. You did an awesome job. Congrats to everyone involved. What a wonderfully selfless thing to do!!!"
"I was transported and filled with joy and tears and proud to be a member of the Biz that works so hard to help everyone in the Entertainment Industry... and to bring joy and "Memories" to all!! Thank you and all involved for bringing sunshine to a gloomy day!!"
"Jonathan thank you for sharing your theatre adventures on Facebook, especially Cats reunion. In all your work [as director] just know how much the ripple effects of your leadership permeates throughout the country. Thank you, thank you for your service and loving spirit to the theatre world. You rock!"
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Top row: Mark Agnes, Arminae Reames, Joanna Beck, Anthony Vincent Bova, Lisa Dawn Cave
2nd row: Jonathan Cerullo, Leslie Ellis, Robert Barry Fleming, Deborah Geneviere Athens, Adrea Gibbs
3rd row: JoAnn M Hunter, Jack Gaughan, Austin Jetton, BK Kennelly, Deidre Lang
4th row: Karen Longwell, Aja Kane, Kari Nicolaisen, Bill Nolte, Donna Pompei
5th row: Cathy Susan Pyles, Randy Slovacek, Beth Swearingen, Fred Tallaksen, Christine Toy Johnson
6th row: Rachelle Rak, Amiee Turner, James Walski, Matt Zarley, Julie Stiel