Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The "Meow Mix" commerical was better

I love theater, especially musical theater. I grew up on plays such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Man of La Mancha. So you can only imagine how excited I was to see Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats this weekend. I mean, this was the same guy who did Phantom, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita, so it was bound to be good, right?

WRONG. I fell asleep watching it. I kept thinking, 'Jasmin, you paid a fortune for your ticket and you're going to sleep?' But I didn't care. At one point in the musical, I was wondering why the entire cast seemed to have forgotten to sing for about 20 minutes. And then my thoughts would drift and I'd wonder how warm the actors must be feeling dressed head to toe in full length spandex and fur. Don't get me wrong-- the costumes were nice, but there was story, no plot, and the music was forgettable. The only stand out part was when the character Grizabella sang the song "Memory," which apparently became the song standard.

Has anyone else seen Cats and really enjoyed it? Maybe I'm just missing something.



Jasmin

2 comments:

  1. That last time I saw Cats was with my family when we were little. My sister passed out asleep. Everytime the audience clapped at the end of a number she'd wake up and say "Is it over yet??". My dad wasn't happy. Theatre tickets for five people isn't cheap, and I don't think we got our money's worth!

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  2. Hi Jasmin. This is too funny, I just happened upon your post and I just saw CATS tonight. I must admit that I really liked it. It helps that I knew the story prior to seeing it and did some research on the production and soundtrack. I knew who the cats were, the overal story arc, etc. I think it made a big difference. I thought the singing was amazing and the amount of dancing the cast did was crazy. Let's compare notes over the net :)

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