Run To See Cats On Broadway
Recently, I had the opportunity to see the revival of Cats on Broadway. Although I am a theater enthusiast, I had never seen the original, simply because I thought I would hate it. While I like cats, I am a dog lover by nature. I’m also allergic to cats and, from the glimpses I’d seen of the musical on television spots growing up, it looked simply weird. What I found when seeing the revival was that, although the show is indeed where, it’s also spectacular and something you absolutely don’t want to miss.
When the show began with its opening number, Prologue: Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats, I was immediately drawn in. The special effects were superb, the choreography was completely well thought out, and, as bizarre as it was to believe that humans dressed as cats were actually cats, I found myself completely buying in.
As the first act continued, I found myself bopping my head along to numbers such as the rocking The Rum Tum Tugger, laughing at the trouble making cats during their number Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, and finding myself in awe of how flawlessly beautiful the choreography in The Jellicle Ball was.
The only thing I didn’t quite like in the first act was how abruptly it seemed to end. It didn’t necessarily leave the audience needing to come back for the second act; however, I can assure you that even without a cliffhanger, the second act was equally well worth watching.
Highlights of the second act included the super-effects filled and wonderfully performed Mr. Mistoffelees, the perfectly sung Macavity: The Mystery Cat, and the best number of the show, Memory. I had chills during the last stanza of the song and found myself wanting to jump to my feet in applause.
After the show ended, I found myself a changed person. No longer did I think of Cats as that weird show that ran for such a long time on Broadway; rather, I thought of it as a unique piece of theater that is perfectly thought out and demands to be seen. This is a production I suggest you run- not walk- to see. It truly is that good.