CATS The Musical

I’m sure we’ve all heard about CATS The Musical. It first opened on Broadway in 1982 and from time to time the TV shows or movies I watched or even older people I’d talk to would say something in reference to the hit Broadway show. I knew it was opening here and so many people made a big deal about it but I wasn’t a theater fanatic so I was just oh cool but I didn’t really make any concrete plans to watch it.

Yesterday (or two days ago since I’m writing this at 1:30AM on a Sunday) my mom just messaged me saying she was buying tickets for it and asked if I wanted to join her, grammy and the two kids Arkin and Clara. I hesitated because I wondered if I wanted to spend my Saturday at the CCP watching a musical. After maybe two minutes, I replied “okay” because I was very curious about all the hype.

Fortunately, my curiosity did not kill the cat.

I LOVED IT! Okay, honestly, I got a little sleepy for about ten minutes in the middle of the first half but only because we had a heavy lunch and the songs at the time were very lullaby-ish. Haha! I was wide awake for Lea Salonga’s solo at the end of the first act and the song was so short, I knew she’d sing some more later. I didn’t want to risk closing my eyes and missing anything with all the beautiful lights and effects going on so I looked for candy during intermission but I couldn’t find any being sold at the CCP 😦 It’s a good thing the second half was SO entertaining, I didn’t feel sleepy at all.

Really, it was a very beautiful experience. The place was packed, the audience gave a standing ovation. Arkin and Clara were having so much fun, they were taking turns using my grammy’s vintage opera glasses for the entire duration of the play (two and a half hours)!

I cried a little during Lea Salonga's final song

Lea Salonga plays Grizabella, formerly a glamourous cat who has now lost all her sparkle and just wants to be accepted at the least. Her voice is so distinct, you’ll know when she’s the one singing. I love her!!

Rum Tum Tugger

My favorite character would have to be the Rum Tum Tugger who loves attention and is just super confident. All the girl cats are attracted to him — even me!


The last day is today (Sunday) and showtimes are at 2:30PM and 8PM.

Did you watch CATS? What did you think?


About Saab Magalona

I like plastic balloons, polly pockets, cheap cake and spooky couches.
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16 Responses to CATS The Musical

  1. beebee says:

    super loved CATS. love the way they connect to the audience. 🙂

  2. April says:

    Yay, glad you liked it too! I’m not a fan of musicals as well (actually Cats is the 1st I’ve ever watched) but I loved it! And Rum Rum Tigger’s my fave too, he’s the rockstar cat!

    Lea is awesome. Voice is def breath-taking. I found it amazing that even though she’d show up for like only 15mins max, but when it’s her part, everything stops and listens to her hehe. John O’Hara who played RRT, even said he’s intimated to Lea sometimes, but she’s friendly.

    Did you mingle with them during the break? Hehe some of them lingered on the seats di ba? : )

  3. April says:

    Oops, Rum Tum Tugger pala haha mali na naman!

  4. I watched CATS last August 7,2010. Lea Salonga is the best especially when she sang the Memory. I took a picture with the picture of the CATS too 🙂
    Ohh…sayang hindi magkasabay ang pag-watch natin. Btw, it worth it naman,

  5. mikaela says:

    hi! i loved the play mainly because of the overall production esp thee choreography…the only clear lyrics for me was from Lea’s singing!

    we’re seated at the balcony and i was happy that the ‘cats’ really interact with the audience (the big gray cat surprised me when i didn’t know he’s already behind me while i was chatting with my friends)….that surely made my night aside from seeing Lea perform. 🙂

    one more thing that i love was how the actors were really into their characters as cats even if they’re just around the stage and watching whoever’s performing. they’re so cute!!! that just shows that i always looked at them at the side of the stage whenever the performer’s boring for me! hehehehe

    it was also my first time to watch a play in ccp…and i’m glad i loved it… 🙂

  6. Patrick says:

    Lea was amazing, even if she didn’t get all the “stage time”

  7. marie says:

    I’m so lucky that we had a long weekend 2 weeks ago and my Aunt had extra tickets and PAL had a promo. It was so worth it! 😉

    btw, i’m from Cebu. 😉

  8. Margarita Corazon says:

    Aww. I wish I could watch CATS, too.

  9. je0ey says:

    I watched Cats last August 12, 2010. Superb! I didn’t felt sleepy and I enjoyed the show. Very entertaining and all was good 🙂 Sayang, onti lang shots ko at panakaw pa ang pag picture. May mga bantay kasi. hihi.

    That was a one of a kind experience. My highlight for this year 🙂

  10. cezquijada says:

    i really like your style saab, the curly hair and the dress i really like it! 😉

  11. Eri says:

    The picture of Rum Tum Tugger that you post is the old one, the Rum Tum Tugger in CCP has more sex appeal, hehe. I saw you when you’re on the second floor.

  12. Nikki says:

    Ha! We were not able to attend this because we ran out of tickets.. T_T
    i wish for an extension…

  13. Chesterlyn says:

    how i wish this will be played here in Cebu… 🙂

  14. shamstaana says:

    Oh crap, guess I missed the show. I’ve always wanted to watch it pa naman. 😦 Anyway, hi Saab! I’m like one of your biggest fans! Hihihi. Great posts!

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