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I discovered Cats the summer of 2017 and found out the Broadway
version revival was closing I had to see it fast me and my Dad took a
trip to New York to see the show we sat in the high level and the view
was fine the lights went out and characters were running around in
Green Eyes and there were tons of acrobatics and modern dance
moves during intermission you can go on the stage and take pictures
and I will Never forget the moment Tantomile waved back at me this
was about the BROADWAY production I've never been to Chicago but
you should bring your family there are a few pelvic thrusts (one feisty
feline Rum Tum Tugger) and a racial slur (Heathen Chinese) but handle
it in a creative way take your family if you want to have a great night
Amelia D from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Many years ago a group of friends invited me to go see Cats at the
Forrest Theater. I had no idea what it was about but heard it was very
popular at the time. Excellent show!! Costumes, songs and scenery.
Glad to have seen this Broadway show. Would love to see it again this
Ralph N from Hartford, Connecticut
CATS BUSHNELL 1/29/19
This was probably the 4th or 5th performance of Cats my wife and I have seen over the years including twice on Broadway and we both think that overall this was probably the best one. The cast was fantastic especially in the ensemble numbers. The dancing and voices all great.
Abbie from Los Angeles, California
If you like musicals just to hear music, then you will enjoy the show. This had absolutely no story line and besides "memories, no music that I enjoyed. If you want to see humans jumping around like cats and don't mind that there is no beginning, middle, and end to a show, then by all means go see it. I would have rather spent my time and gone to get my teeth cleaned. 3 hours of my life that I will never get back.
Person a from Los Angeles, California
PLEASANT AND ENTERTAINING
Having loved the 80's CATS show I excitedly brought my whole family to this one. My husband did not really enjoy it nor did my mom, my daughter (13) said it was hard to follow and she was not really sure of the story. Overall, it was a really nice day. The costumes and lighting were great, I liked the characters and the performers were well cast. I question some of the directors choices - the long lulls and such. It just was not as dynamic as I remember at all, but the cast did a great job and I had a nice day. Memories is still very beautiful and the performer did a great job of it. She has an exceptional voice and it still brings me to tears. I have to say I have preferred other shows this year and I expected this to be my favorite.
from Seattle, Washington
DISJOINTED, AWKWARD, UNFUN, TERRIBLE WASTE OF TALENT
The show has no storyline, no character development, one set change, One awkward moment after another. The audience did not like it although we certainly tried to engage. The performers play to the back of the stage not outwardly towards the audience. Perhaps it’s an attempt to capture the aloofness of cat behavior? Whatever – after 45 minutes of it, let alone three hours, who cares? The performers except for one razzle dazzle extraordinary dancer, lost track of the fact… Hello there’s an audience out here! And then when they did TRY to engage with the audience, it fell flat. The musical compositions were bizarre – not lyrical, not enjoyable. And anti-climactic - always dwindling out like an ‘oh never mind’ moment. Just super disappointing. It’s like this show is a great starting point ... now they need a director to get in there and create texture and dynamic and some semblance of story. I feel sad for the performers - to have their talents and time so wasted.
from Seattle, Washington
THE WORST BROADWAY SHOW.... POSSIBLY EVER.
The actors are talented singers and dancers, but this is a terrible show. I'm not sure how you review that script and say, 'yeah, I want to hop around like a cat for a couple hours'... just a terrible, terrible, boring show. I cannot understand what all the excitement is about. This is not the fault of the actors, they didn't write the show. I'm sure that given the opportunity in other productions they are all fine actors. But this performance is terrible and not worth the time or the ticket price. Do yourself a favor and see a show with an actual story line, plot and character development. This is nothing more than singing and dancing and spectacle making with no substance what so ever. I'm not sure what I expected, but this wasn't it.
Chelle Myers from Seattle, Washington
The play was outstanding, awesome and definitely would recommend to my friends. The Dragonfish is an excellent restaurant that is super close. My only criticism of the show on Friday nite would be the political insult at the encore with regard to an orange cat wandering around trying to build a wall. I grow so weary of the constant undermining of our government when you must realize that over 50% of America voted for our current president. Keep it away from which would have been a most enjoyable evening, the reason I subtracted ONE star from this review.
Ed from Seattle, Washington
COUNT ME AS ONE OF THOSE...
I just don’t get it. I wanted to, but it’s really disjointed and boring, and the cast mostly seemed to be going through the motions. It’s basicaly a couple of hours of “why I hate cats.”
There were a couple of decent performers, but I think the rest of the cast is hamstrung with lousy material. I also noticed a lack of standing ovation from most of the audience, which is a rarity at the Paramount.
And when will STG address the lousy sound system once and for all? For those of us in the cheap seats, it’s really hard to understand the performers. On the rare occasion something tickled the funnybone tonight, I couldn’t help but notice the majority of laughs came from the the floor, indicating I wasn’t the only one struggling to hear. This is an ongoing issue, and we are seriously considering not renewing next season because of it
Bobby from Sacramento, California
TALENTED, HARDWORKING CAST
I’d never seen Cats staged and (ahem, embarrassing) did not realize it was from T.S. Eliot. This ignorance aside, I was puzzled during the first number, Jellicle Cats. During the break I checked out Eliot’s poem, and some info about the play itself. Was much more involved during the second half. Had I prepared beforehand , the poor acoustics that muffles lots of the group singing would not have been such a bother. The talent was unmistakeable, however, and Grizabella’s solo, Memory, was thrilling. What I did not care for was the overly dark set and skimpy lighting. The battery pack enhanced costumes in the second act were a bit alarming and way too Las Vegas. I’d love to see the production again, and the next time be prepared.
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.
Andrew from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Watching Cats was a painful experience. No plot. No acting. One good song (that was repeated 3 times). Good dancing, but if that's what you are looking for go see a dance show.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Hannah from Hickory, North Carolina
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.
D G Hodgin from Charlotte, North Carolina
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. .
Jim from Detroit, Michigan
Great job dancing, memory song lady was excellent. Store line was terrible. Had no idea what the play was about. Songs were bad. You will here the words cat and jilico like an1000 time.
Actors did well but the sound and storyline Sucked
Do not recommend going. Suggest skipping the first half of the play. Second half is much better.
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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