Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Review on Cats The Musical

Lo and behold Cats The Musical is now showing in Australia! This multi award winning hit musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber is playing at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne for a limited time until 24th January 2016. The crew will then move onto Brisbane and Adelaide, before finishing up in Perth.

So if any of you are interested in catching the performance, I suggest you book your tickets as soon as possible as it has received overwhelming demand and excellent reviews since it's revival!

Kindly please note that this post is brought to you by Nuffnang who was kind enough to provide me with a double pass to catch the Cats last week! As The Boyfriend and I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous two trips to the theatre, we jumped at the opportunity to see this one.

Both of us knew little to nothing of the musical, having heard of it only by name, and The Boyfriend simply mentioned that the song 'Memory' came from this show. So when the day finally came to head off to the Regent Theatre, we were both curious to see exactly what was going to be in store for us.

Let me start off by saying that the Regent theatre is the largest one we've been to here in Melbourne (we've only been to the Princess and Majesty Theatre before), so that in itself says something as to the reputation and expectations Cats has. And as the lights dimmed and the music started playing, our attention was fixed firmly onto the stage...

... that is until the 'cats' started charging down the hall from behind the audience, giving us a genuine shock! Throughout the performance there were several times when the cats interacted with the audience, and it was a surprising change from the 'sit back and relax' mood from the other two musicals that we saw previously.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story of cats, let me just say there there really isn't much of one. The musical focuses on a particular tribe of cats called the "Jelllicles", and the night that they gather to select one individual to be 'reborn' on the 'heavyside layer'.

"Uh, what?" you may ask, and indeed both The Boyfriend and I were a bit lost initially as to what exactly was going on. The cats sing and dance and introduce themselves one by one, each with their own distinct personalities and background.

My favourite cat out of the lot was definitely the 'Magical Mr Mistoffelees', who had the hardest and one of the longest solo dance routines of the show. He was so amazing and energetic, I could not help but bobble my head to the music as he showed off his magic tricks on stage!

But the real standout performance though was (erm, surprisingly) by Australia's very own Delta Goodrem, who plays a cat called Grizabella, who is shunned by all the other cats for her shabby and miserable appearance. It is she who sings 'Memory', and what a performance it truly was!! While her role is small and doesn't call for any dance routines, it left a lasting impression on The Boyfriend who could not stop humming the tune for days after!

All in all, Cats was a very different musical to the ones we have seen previously. If you are someone who appreciates song and dance, then this will be right up your alley, especially if you have some knowledge of the show beforehand.

However, if you prefer watching a show with a strong story and all the modern trimmings of your typical movie, then you may be a little lost with this one. I have to admit, both The Boyfriend and I were struggling what to make of it when we left the theatre, but after a few days of contemplation I'm glad that we went and I appreciate having had the opportunity to experience such a famous musical.

So in conclusion, while it won't be for everyone, Cats The Musical is a strong showing of great performers, and will probably leave a few of the songs stuck in your head for weeks to come.

If you're interested, you may find out more about the Cats here. :)

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