hadn't a clue what 'Cats' was going to be about!
Naïve? - probably. Stupid? - not particularly. I'd never given
it a second, or in fact, first thought.
On sharing this revelation with my colleagues they said - as you
no doubt are - "didn't the title give it away?" It should
have, but never the less I went along with no preconceived notions.
Victoria the white cat ...leg warmers a go-go
soon as it began I was hooked. The music was fantastic, the singing
breathtaking and the dancing, well since I have danced myself since
the tender age of three, I can be quite a critic at times - looking
for fault when there is none - probably out of sheer envy, but on
this occasion I could find no fault. The energy was phenomenal,
the choreography exceptional.
The ballet training, so many of them had undertaken, was obvious.
The show was a constant array of colour, vibrancy and activity.
I soon discovered the production was about 'cats'! Nothing more,nothing
less. A series of short stories with one rather flimsy thread running
throughout. Different characteristics of cats shown through song
and dance - the tom cat, the house cat, the loner
I dragged along my other half - he's often sat through nights out
chosen by me - The Nut Cracker and Rocky Horror Show to name but
two. At heart though he's a die hard Leicester City Supporter, enjoying
nothing more than downing a few pints and pointing out the errors
of the refer. He however surprised me by summing up our evening
in far fewer words than I could ever have done "That was fantastic"
he said "probably one of the best nights out I've ever had".
On that we both agreed.
Hated it....well disliked it.
Rum Tum Tugger - warm and fuzzy in fluff and greasepaint
not mistake me, the mostly young cast throw themselves into this
production with engaging energy and enthusiasm.
wasn't the performance that left me unmoved, it was the show.
be blunt, I simply cannot understand how Cats has become one of
the world's most popular musicals.
is something insufferably twee about the whole enterprise summed
up by the oft-repeated, cringe-making phrase 'Jellicle Cats'.
is little in the way of plot and the music doesn't make up for this
lack. The score contains only one or two decent songs and the arrangements
exude a whiff of the 80s.
the whole show seems disastrously dated. Lycra was once pretty cool.
Now it simply looks old fashioned.
classic musicals (eg. Oklahoma! or Show Boat) seem timeless. They
come up fresh as paint with every revival. Cats has not stood the
test of time.
did you think of Cats?
Took my 7 year old daughter to see it and thought it was absolutely fantastic.........went straight out and bought the DVD!!!!!!!
A musical, with a story which I doubt can be compared to any other, or ever will be. From lighting to costumes, this musical is stunning. These enthusiastic stars have pure talent in dancing, acting and singing, making CATS truly magical. The score is enchanting, and the on-stage action gripping.