||I don't remember much of this show
from when I was a pre-teen, the first time I saw it. But I do remember
various cats crawling around on the stage and on walls, and stuff.
Unfortunately, this new viewing as an adult left me mostly bored.
Part of this was that I was watching it
from the balcony, and the sound wasn't all that great. During the naming
of the cats, I could barely hear the actors. I've seen other shows from
the same balcony, and never had trouble hearing anything.
Even songs that should have been
powerful, like the two renditions of Memories, the most famous of the
songs in this show, were left flat, to my tastes. But the show got a
standing ovation at the end, so maybe I missed something.
The only thing that piqued my interest
in terms of songs was the few fast-paced tunes. I tapped my knees during
a few of them, and that made up somewhat for the very boring slow songs.
Maybe it would have been different had the cats been moving a bit during
the slow songs. But most of them just stood on the stage, singing like a
cat on a fence, I suppose. As much as I wanted to like this story, I
just couldn't get into it.
The set and costumes, on the other
hand, were really brilliant. I liked the giant aspect of the set design,
as seen from cat-perspective. There was a giant tire, with a license
plate ending in NAP. Scattered papers littered the floor, and cans and
bottles and various other things. The cats themselves, even the ones who
looked like street rats, were beautiful. Unfortunately, being on the
balcony left them too far to see too many details, and I forgot the
binoculars. I could see enough, though, that it was apparent these cats
were beautiful, each in their own way.
It would have been nice to know a bit
of the story beforehand, and I suppose it's my own fault for not reading
up on it. Normally the program would have had a little summary, even up
to five lines per half of the show. Although the costumes were really
nice, they can't make up for the lackluster songs.