CATS IS BACK ON BROADWAY Review – BIGGER, BETTER & BEAUTIFULLY DONE

 

Mr. Andrew Lloyd Weber, we give you a standing ovation.  Every show you bring to us is a gift.

 

Mr. Lloyd Weber with stars of CATS - SCHOOL OF ROCK - PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

 

Let’s face it:  CATS was a legend when it hit Broadway October 7, 1982 at the Winter Garden theater where another great Lloyd Weber show is currently playing – School of Rock).  It closed on September 10, 2000, after a total of 7,485 shows making it the longest-running musical in Broadway history.

NOW, my friends, you have the opportunity to either once-again or for the first time, see CATS. It is now playing at the Neil Simon Theater.

 

The Company of CATS on Broadway Photo by Matthew Murphy

 

The make-up and costumes are unreal.  The scenery is in a world of its’ own.  Walking into the theatre you immediately feel that you’ve left your dog behind and have become a cat, for at least 2 ½ hours.

Everyone is looking for that ‘story’ that is told within the cat world on stage.   But, for this production, a deep and complex storyline would only take away from the gorgeous and talented world that IS CATS.

 

Andy Huntington Jones as Munkustrap and Company in CATS on Broadway Photo by Matthew Murphy

 

I had the privilege of sitting in the first 8 rows, so I didn’t miss a whisker or a tail.  How do you do it?  And, not an ounce of fat on any of the actors.  That, in itself, is a miracle to me.  To the numerous make-up and scenic designers, as well as the stage designers, give yourself a hand.

 

We all know that there really are no ‘real’ cats in the show, but you can’t convince me as the talent of each and every ‘cat’ was over-the-top.  The songs were beautiful and although we didn’t have Betty Buckley sing ‘Memories,’ Leona Lewis (Grizabella) did an outstanding job.  Buckley’s a hard act to follow and Lewis put her heart and soul into this immortal song.

Leona Lewis as Grizabella in CATS on Broadway -- Photo by Matthew Murphy

 

With character names such as Bombalurina, Carbuckety, Jellylorum, Jennyanydots and many other unique names, how can you go home to Charlie or Sam the cat? During show time, these names will do very well thank you.

Georgina Pazcoguin as Victoria in CATS on Broadway Photo by Matthew Murphy

 

During intermission, they allow anyone in the audience to go onstage to take pics of scenery or just pretend, for that one moment, they are the CATS.  The stage was mobbed with children and adults alike, and many had their cat make-up done before the show.  There was a 70+ year-old man behind me with full cat make-up.  He has seen the show 7 times.

 

The Company of CATS on Broadway - Photo by Matthew Murphy

Special kudos for the Pit Orchestra.  They did not have one single moment where they didn’t play.  The music was complicated and these underground genius’ performed as if it were opening night.

Bring the entire family.  CATS will not disappoint.  For the stunning visuals alone, this show is worth the price of a tickets. Be sure to get there on time.  The first number is 20 minutes long and there are CATS everywhere, including the isles. 

Kim Fauré as Demeter and Christine Cornish Smith as Bombalurina and Company in CATS on Broadway Photo by Matthew Murphy

Thank you to the outstanding cast who flew, danced, jumped and slid across the stage as if, well, as if, they were CATS - Now and Forever.

 

 

Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway). Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne. Directed by Trevor Nunn. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 15mins. One intermission.

 

CATS is currently open-ended, playing at

The Neil Simon Theater

250 West 52nd Street

New York City

For further information visit  the Catsthemusical website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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