|Jellicle song and Jellicle dance
||[Aug. 23rd, 2016|01:15 am]
Unless you're harboring a long-standing hatred for the show, the new revival of Cats should probably be on your list of things to see. That's not quite a you should go, but just a few notches down. It has a bad reputation, so if you've disliked it before I doubt you'll like it now. I had never seen it before tonight, so I have no point of comparison other than the original cast recording. I could see hating it; on another night I might have (I guess my vacation was more relaxing than it seemed). There are plenty of musical "Hello 1980" moments, but there's really no avoiding that. It is what it is, it does what it does, if you want it to be or do something different you should visit another theatre. The cast is quite superb, and do it all with genuine spirit. Perhaps more than many shows, this one would flop with any of that glossy revival slickness, and that seems to be a welcome absence. And although it's a rather loud show, the sound is excellent. (Perhaps the extension of the stage design over and well beyond the proscenium eliminates the usual problematic loudspeaker positions.)
Anyway, do see it if you're inclined. No need to rush, I imagine it'll be there for a while.