Theater: Cats – National Tour

Opened: January 22, 2019

Book & Lyrics by: T.S. Eliot

Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Tour Replacement Cast: Vinny Andaloro, Gracie Anderson, Megan Arseneau, Carolyn Bacon, Connor Orion Bermingham, Lexy Bittner, John Anker Bow, Zach Bravo, Michelle E. Carter, Max Craven, Kelliann DeCarlo, Kelly Donah, Dominic Fortunato, Tayler Harris, Kayli Jamison, Brianna Kim, Lauren Louis, Kieran Macdonald, José Raúl Mangual, Devon McCleskey, Sean McManus, Chelsea Nicole Mitchell, Tony Mowatt, Brian Craig Nelson, Hyla Mayrose Perillo, Aiden Pressel, Taylor James Rosenberger, Christopher Salvaggio, Elana Valastro, Indalecio de Jesús Valentin & Alexia Waites

Though it still stands as one of the longest-running Broadway shows of all-time having been in New York from 1982 to 2000, it’s hard to understand what the attraction to Cats was.

A crew of Jellicle cats come together for their annual Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy (Indalecio de Jesús Valentin) will choose one to ascend to the Heaviside layer where they will be reborn into a new and better life.

The word “Jellicle” is uttered so many times that you’ll be tired of it within the first few minutes. With each cat performing their own song as if you’re watching a talent show, there’s actually little storyline involved.

“Memory” by the beaten down Grizabella (Tayler Harris) is the show’s most well-known song and perhaps its one saving grace.

Final say: Nine lives too many. ★☆☆☆☆

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