Tina P from Chicago, Illinois
I saw CATS for the first time over 20 years ago & was excited to bring my little girls and husband this time. The dancing was great, as always. I do remember a stronger ballet dancer for Mistoffelees, so I was anticipating a strong solo from him that never came. I did like the lit up rainbow jacket, but thought it would have been a stronger statement had the lights completely gone out and he was dancing around. Grizabella was so powerful, it brought many tears. Meeting her after the show, I was pleasantly shocked to meet such a young & sweet- voiced young lady. My husband remarked that the 1st act was hard to get into, but the 2nd act was much more lively. He appreciated the many different genres of music offered- opera, classical and progressive rock. My girls enjoyed the dancing and whimsical songs and continue to sing them at home. Overall, it is a family friendly play that can explore the theme of the heaviside layer (life & death) through the whimsical eyes of playful graceful feline friends.
BW from OTTAWA, Ontario
WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?!
I can’t believe the reviews by people, saying they are surprised that there is no plot! I agree, this show may not be for everyone, but it’s been around for 30 years - lots of time to find out that it is based on poems by TS Eliot, before dropping money on a ticket. The fact that ALW could string them together to create a show is actually quite a feat. We totally enjoyed it, as did the audience on the night we went.
Lynda from Austin, Texas
4 IF I COULD HAVE UNDERSTOOD MORE LYRICS AND JESTING
This is definitely a production for which I wish I was prepared. Loved the set with all the peeking and disappearing and and visual dimension. Would have loved seeing various cats in the audience but couldn't see that. I'm sure the make-up and costumes were fantastic but from my seats couldn't really appreciate it. Note to self: when seeing it next, buy closer seats or take a pass. The dancing and awesome interpretation by cast in playing their cats was much to enjoy. Stand out performances by many as well as chorus performances I enjoyed. Like many, much of the story got lost in translation--simply couldn't understand the words at least 50% of the time `(Only time this season.) It did help at intermission to read a synposis of what was happening. Wish I had done that to begin with along with a reading scan of lyrics. We always have a great time but would definitely sit closer at next performance of CATS.
Joanhelen from Albuquerque, New Mexico
NO STORY LINE
Even tho I knew the story, I had several problems with this production. One-I couldn't hear the words from the chorus. Two-the costumes were blah. Three-frankly, all it was was dancing around the stage. Good dancing, mind you, but mostly just dancing and tumbling. We were disappointed.
Richard S. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Being a director myself, the show did its job. It was entertaining and made people leave the theater smiling. That being said, only a small percentage of the actors were actually feline. The the rest were smiling and giggling on stage and looked like they were fooling around. Kerri as Grizabella was incredible, even though she seemed young she really captured the audience every moment she was on stage. Also we saw the understudy for rum tum tugger, and he did not disappoint at all. He was incredible, best tugger I’ve seen in ages, Zack Berger his name was, look out for him he’s a star. Mungo and rump were adorable, and the girl who played Victoria was really beautiful to watch. Those were the standouts for me. The show overall was fine. Truly lacked heart and magic.
Keith from Chicago, Illinois
TALENTED CAST - BUT WHY DO FOLKS LOVE CATS SO MUCH...??
1) The production value (sets, lighting, costumes, etc) was very good. 2) We were in the 10th row center. There were many times when I had no idea what the actors were saying/singing. And it wasn't just me. Others during intermission had the same complaint. 4) Performers were excellent! But one performer (Grizabella) played her role as one agonized cat. The actor's voice & acting were fantastic. But whether this was called for in the script or the director's instruction, it came off as awkward. 5) For me, the musical was hard to take. Some of the numbers were performed incredibly well ("Mungojerry & Rumpleteazer" "Mr. Mistofeleez" and the final chorus). But the other numbers were uninteresting and not memorable for me. I truly have no idea why "Cats" is so popular based on this production. One last thing: A family of four (parents w/ their young kids) showed up 20 min late & ate popcorn f/ noisy bags & talked during the show. Theater is not the movies! Be considerate!
Ben from Washington, District of Columbia
SECOND TIME VIEWER - DISAPPOINTED THE SECOND TIME
Saw it back in the 1980s, in Boston. It was magical, with a lot of vignettes that added energy and fun, but there were points that had me drifting away. Pollicle Dogs, I am looking at YOU. Just saw it on tour at the Kennedy in 2019. It was ... less magical. Was the Jellicle Ball ALWAYS that long and boring? It seemed like the vignettes were cut, to make up for more of the never-worth-it plot, and the seemingly interminable ballet. I felt bad for the dancers. They were working their hearts out to entertain me. Their director wasn't. The lighting crew were the stars of the show. This is not a good thing. Ultimately, I walked out during intermission. Life is too short to ensure the Pollicle Dogs a second time. I went home and pet my own cats. Much more satisfying.
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