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)!
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!!
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?