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Cats Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 26

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2.0 star rating Anonymous from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

THE MUSICAL WITH NO PLOT, THEME, OR DIRECTION

I thought it was me, but others have said the same. I had absolutely no idea what was going on. The play needs dialogue to move the story. It looked schizophrenic. Jumping here to there, up, down, frantic. It was beautifully decorated with the costumes and the setting, but a story was missing. I should not pay, then have to Google the musicaltp find out what was going on.

3.0 star rating 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!

2.0 star rating Kristin from Chicago, Illinois

LESS THAN SATISFIED

I felt that the dancing was completely off. My children who are both dancers kept on telling me how their timing was off. Legs weren't straight on Grands and many weren't getting into character. They went as far to say that they need to work on their technique and practice more times a week. Singing was good. I am wondering if it was a new cast who just didn't understand or become comfortable with their roles. Also, you couldn't understand the words they were saying. The show needs a lot more work. Nothing like the ones in the past.

4.0 star rating Tina P from Chicago, Illinois

FAMILY FUN

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.

1.0 star rating from Atlanta, Georgia

EVEN IF IT WERE FREE IT WOULDN’T BE WORTH MY TIME

I have never even walked out of a movie theater after spending $10 because I’m pretty frugal and I gladly left my $100 seat behind during the intermission of Cats. Not only does this show have no plot, there’s no dialogue, nothing ever happened. It’s one number of singing and dances after another. Perhaps if I was closer I could at least appreciate the costumes and makeup ($100 got me a seat halfway up the balcony off to the side) but there are so many things I’d rather do with my time. Literally the only takeaway I had is that Jellicle cats meet once a year. What’s a Jellicle cat? Good question. I feel like this is a show that people say they like because it’s cool to like it? It’s just not good.

5.0 star rating Hannah from Hickory, North Carolina

TALENTED CAST

This was my third time attending a CATS performance. My first time was at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC. I had a front row balcony seat and was familiar with the TS Eliot ‘s book as well as the music. The second time was at the same theater with front row seats. Last evening, 8/13/19, I was 6 rows form the stage in Charlotte , NC. Once again, I reread the poems before attending the show and am very familiar with music. I LOVED IT!! The cast was younger that previous casts, but oh so talented. They had more eye contact with the audience than I had previously experienced and I thought more facial expression over all. The cast appeared to thoroughly enjoy what they were doing. Very enjoyable evening and the staff at the theater were courteous and very helpful. After reading some of the other reviews I will make this comment, preparation is a useful key to a lot of things, especially musical theater. To the cast, thank you for your hard work and great performance.

2.0 star rating D G Hodgin from Charlotte, North Carolina

CATS

Would NOT recommend this anymore, unlike I have for 20 years after seeing it on Broadway. The "high tech" ridiculously LOUD pre recorded excuse for music ( that now cheaply replaces the actual real orchestra that we expect with a "Broadway play") not only completely overwhelmed /drowned out the players, but made it impossible to hear actual "words OR lines" in speech or song! (although the players did indeed sing and dance their hearts out superbly!!) Unfortunately, they didn't stand a chance against the "crude ear splitting CHEAP loudness" which now COMPLETELY replaces the magic and rich intimacy that initially made this production so infamous. SAVE your money as you are NOT seeing a real "Broadway" play, but a pathetically cheap imitation, and good luck knowing what's going on. .

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