I don’t know about you, but Broadway just lights up a little bulb on top of my head. I’ve always dreamed of seeing a live show, especially Cats, with the 1998 movie cast.
Cats is an ageless musical. It’s said that a cat has nine lives. Well then, imagine how many these Cats have. Depending on the cast they have at least 20 of them. Literally! The movie musical I’ve seen had about 28 souls on stage.
It was performed for the first time in 1981 and it’s still being staged. And it won’t die out simply because…
It’s a great musical that doesn’t make dogs bark; or if it does, it’s not because of the bad singing, but because of the hoard of felines gathered for the Jellicle Ball.
It’s based on T.S. Eliot’s book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, which contains the poems that serve as lyrics. Though one of the best songs in the musical is not a poem, it befits the musical perfectly.
It presents exactly how different cats are. Some say that every cat has it’s own personality, just like humans. And Cats emphasizes this idea quite clearly. Mungojerrie, Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuturonomy, Macavity are all cats set apart not only by their fur but also their behavior.
Whether you are a cat person or not, Cats is a musical for everyone. If you enjoy them, Cats is an all time must see, preferably live.
Featured photo by chx on Flickr.