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Openly gay cast member of “Cats” recounts the tour and coming out in college

Larry Lozier Jr. is prepared to don the fur of any one of nine cats or kittens on a whisker’s notice. He sweeps through San Diego Jan. 10-15 in the national tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, “Cats.” The hit musical is an extra addition to Broadway San Diego’s 2011-12 season.

With only eight performances in San Diego, you might miss him onstage because Lozier, the assistant dance captain, is a “swing.” This means the gay, Texas-born, Missouri-raised artist is ready to step in at a moment’s notice as any of the featured singers: Munkustrap, Rum Tum Tugger, Skimbleshanks or Mungojerrie.

Last year in Columbus, Ohio, Lozier got to try Skimbleshanks, the Railway Cat. “That was the first time in my professional career that I took the stage as a featured character who sings his own number,” Lozier said. “It was scary, but it was an incredible experience, especially afterwards, when the dance captain and the music director told me I did an absolutely wonderful job.”

Read the full story from Gay San Diego, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.