I saw “Cats” yesterday afternoon. I went into the show with an open mind. I saw the show when I was a teenager and was moved by the glorious voice of Betty Buckley and would listen to the cassette for years. She was the star. In this new production of “Cats,” the star happens to be the choreography and the dancing cast of purrfect, kittens. (No, that’s not a typo)
The story is based on a book of poems by T.S. Elliot. The story follows a group of kittens hanging out in what looks like a junkyard. I found it hilarious that there was a giant upside down picture of Felix the Cat hanging on the set. The music is written by Andrew Lloyd Webber who also wrote “School Of Rock” his newest show and in my opinion his best show which is also for children.
Let’s talk about the amazing cast! Georgina Pazcoguin the incredible ballerina who was seen last season in “ON THE TOWN” taking over for Morgan Fairchild moves and slides around the stage like a beautiful white kitten. Her movements were stunning, and you can’t take your eyes off of her. Ricky Ubeda, who was also in the same production of “ON THE TOWN” does not disappoint as the magical cat Mistoffles. He did magic tricks while dancing and was excellent. I was also blown away by Tyler Hanes who filled in for Tony Yazbeck in “ON THE TOWN” playing Gaby. Tyler now plays The Rum Tum Tugger the rock star and hottest cat that all the other cats desire. He hammed it up and was fantastic.
“Cats” is a strange show. You either love it or hate it. I was worried I would hate it, but I didn’t. I got a lot of joy watching the talented dancers. I also watched how the cast interacted with the young children in the audience. They loved it, and they are the audience for this show.
In a perfect World, they would hire Betty Buckley to reprise her role as Grizabella; no one can fill her shoes. Ah, memories!
“Cats” is playing at the Neil Simon Theatre.