One of the longest-running shows in Broadway and West End history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is an ode to felines, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poems. More…
Tonight is the one special night each year when the tribe of Jellicle Cats reunites to celebrate who they are. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
"My foggy memories of the original production of 'Cats' aren’t fond ones. It all seemed so silly, superficial and overhyped. So it was an extraordinary surprise that the 'Cats' revival at the Neil Simon Theatre turned out to be a melodious, witty and—most shocking!—worthwhile, stylish entertainment." Full Review
“A spectacle that entrances from start to finish...The current staging doesn’t seem to vary much in format from what I remember seeing at the show’s first mounting on Broadway...But somehow I was caught up in the antics of these performers pretending to be cats as if I were seeing the whole thing for the first time...It’s the entire 40-member cast plus orchestra and crew, all of them seemingly giving their all, who make sure that this new production is absolutely the cat’s pajamas.” Full Review
"The revival, again directed by Trevor Nunn, is absolutely as entertaining as initially it was...New choreographer, Tony-winning Andy Blankenbuehler, has been respectfully true to Gillian Lynne’s seminal work while beautifully enhancing it...There are so many astonishing aspects to 'Cats' that it’s a challenge to decide where to continue the praise. The cast isn’t a bad place...The moving bodies are mesmerizing, and Blankenbuehler makes certain the movement rarely slows." Full Review
"A slavishly faithful revival...'Cats' remains precisely what it always was, a tuneful ball of coiled dancers’ energy and the useful vehicle for a discovery of the wonder of musical theater...The cast assembled for the revival is gangbusters. Andy Blankenbuehler has been recruited to tweak the dances of 'Cats’s' original choreographer, Gillian Lynne. His refinements inject precision and verve...Lewis, for her part, is blessed with power to spare but is emotionally inert." Full Review
“'Cats' isn’t trying to be anything it’s not. It’s a what-the-hell idea for a far-out little show that inexplicably became bigger than big...Freed from storytelling duties except for a vague through line about aging and dying, the actors become cheery bundles of pure theater mojo, slinking all over the stage and spilling out into the aisles. How can you not love these crazy kids when they’re putting so much gosh darn effort into it?...'Cats' is never pretentious — it’s unabashed Broadway glitz." Full Review
"The first Broadway revival of 'Cats,' which is neither wholly reimagined nor an exact replica of the original, is unlikely to turn off 'Cats'-lovers, nor win over 'Cats'-loathers. It works best as a showcase for the energetic young cast and what it does best – which is dance...If the lyrics are largely lost in the swirl, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score holds up. The performances, though, are uneven." Full Review
“Memories could be fatal to this revival—specifically, the memory of Betty Buckley as Grizabella, singing ‘Memory'...Leona Lewis isn’t in her league. Happily, nothing as catty can be said of the rest of this fabulous revival of the 1981 musical phenom...A corps of brilliant dancers leap with feline agility through every style of dance, from toe-tapping Broadway jazz steps to the classic ballet moves...The genius of the show is in the dancing...The dancers are in perfectly splendid form." Full Review
"This is above all a spectacle with appeal to those who get theatergoing kicks from costumes, lighting, cast members roaming the aisles to sing to spectators, and assorted scenic stunts...This show, again directed by Trevor Nunn, is among the most steadily choreographed productions on Broadway at the moment...The show is enlivened by individual turns that are appealing by any standard." Full Review
"It’s kitschy and fun, sometimes quite touching, and marvelously well done. It’ll likely be very nostalgic for anyone who saw the show before, and, I’m guessing, a treat for people who haven’t, and don’t go expecting a profound theatrical experience. 'Cats' is a one-of-a-kind entertainment, and I can’t imagine a young, budding theater-lover, in particular, not being entranced." Full Review
“A nostalgia trip with updated choreography, this new ‘Cats’ is peppy and kinetic, if sometimes a tad monotonous...Blankenbuehler’s work acutely enhances the personality of each cat...Full of catchy pop tunes many of us have known for decades. Webber’s songs don’t have the tightest of melodies, but I’ll take ‘Cats’ over ‘School of Rock’ any day. As a wistful recollection, ‘Cats’ is guaranteed to leave you feline groovy.” Full Review
"Much like the animals that inspired it, 'Cats' is divisive...It is also hands-down the most openly bizarre piece of entertainment to ever be so popular...The cast assembled here delivers 110 percent. There’s something marvelous about a chorus line of expressive cats eliciting applause simply by moving downstage. No smoke and mirrors or clever rap lyrics, just heavy makeup, unblinking stares, and bodysuits with tails." Full Review
"Fans of the musical will be happy to learn that very little has been altered from the production they grew up loving, and new audience members will be either perplexed or rejoiced at the fact that they will be able to experience almost the same show people saw more than 30 years ago. What’s surprising is that for all of its familiarity, the show’s sincerity makes it unexpectedly relevant in terms of sociopolitical content. It’s simply the perfect musical for 2016." Full Review
"When I caught the original show in its staggering 18-year run, I was bored to distraction - yes, I took a catnap - but this time, I succumbed to the show’s melodic, diverse score and expert razzle dazzle...The gussied-up cast is tireless and fully committed, remarkably choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler...The original director and designer, Trevor Nunn and John Napier, are back, and it remains a pleasing entertainment full of whimsy and pain, and it doesn’t deserve a spaying." Full Review
“For those who saw the original mega-hit, things look strikingly familiar...Where this ‘Cats’ strays from its predecessor is in its choreography, brilliantly reimagined by Andy Blankenbuehler and based on original choreography by Gillian Lynne...Leona Lewis' performance is a weak link in an otherwise stellar ensemble of triple-threats...Though Lewis has the vocal chops, she’s markedly uncomfortable in comparison to her onstage litter...Only time will tell if this ‘Cats’ has staying power" Full Review
“There’s no disputing Andrew Lloyd Webber knows how to write popular melodies that stick to your brain...I can tell you that the dancing is dazzling...I’m glad to tell you that this revival isn’t a tired re-run. It’s as fresh and lively as if it had been newly created. The lyrics are charming, and it doesn’t require much thought to enjoy them as a musical stage presentation. Overall, ‘Cats’ is a lighthearted, entertaining way to spend a couple of hours. Sometimes that’s all you want.” Full Review
"A sweet and endearing revival...While not every role requires triple-threat expertise, 'Cats' makes some serious acting, singing and dancing demands on its company and Nunn's litter is packed with terrific performers...Pop star Leona Lewis has been cast as Grizabella. She has no acting credits in her bio and it shows, making the evening's climactic moment a sad letdown." Full Review
“The overriding spirit of the revival appears to be the familiar motto: Don’t mess with success...The most significant nod to the intervening decades and changing tastes is the hiring of Andy Blankenbuehler...The felines prance and romp and occasionally hiss at one another as they introduce themselves in songs that provide the show’s greatest allure, as well as its variety. Mr. Lloyd Webber is a musical magpie...The cast for the revival is largely excellent." Full Review
"Only hardcore fans will be able to spot the differences in this new version...The biggest change is the new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler...More athletic and stylistically diverse than before, the dancing here is particularly spectacular...Lewis reveals her lack of acting experience with her less than galvanizing Grizabella, but her powerful singing is not to be faulted...Enough time has passed for a new generation of theatergoers to embrace the show." Full Review
"No doubt the success of the 2014 revival of 'Cats' in London encouraged the producers to bring it back to New York. And wisely, they've done so with a new cast of top to bottom standouts and vital and fresh choreography that retained the feeling of the original. This does indeed boost the show's strong points...The ballet sequences seem especially take-your-breath-way spectacular...'Cats' may not be a great musical, but it's a great visual spectacle expertly performed." Full Review
"There is nothing really new in this current revival of 'Cats'...Unchanged is the somewhat discordant presence of what Mr. Webber has imagined as the main character of 'Cats:' the Glamor Cat Grizabella...That said, the named Cats and the Cats chorus provides sufficient energy to overcome this significant flaw in the current production...'Cats' will continue to excite the senses of the young and the not so young and the musical will still embody the brilliance of the poetry." Full Review
"I still can’t say 'Cats' is my favorite musical ever—far from it—but I enjoyed this revival...Blankenbuehler’s rejuvenation of the original Gillian Lynne choreography electrifies the exuberance and musical excitement on stage...A few must-mention felines in this powerhouse cast...Quentin Earl Darrington, Christopher Gurr, Ricky Ubeda...The only disappointment is Leona Lewis...Even with its faults, you cannot help but indulge in the spectacle of fabulous dancing and whimsical charm." Full Review
"'Cats' may not have much of a story, but it has some of the best dancing around. It also has an engagingly melodic score...In any other show the lack of subtlety would be a serious negative, but other shows don’t have six-foot tabbies who like to walk on their hind legs...'Cats' is an entertainment, made of song and dance, both of which it’s got covered in spades. You just have to look beyond the fur." Full Review
“One wonders if Mr. Nunn’s revival might have been more powerful had he put a modern, fresh spin on the show...However, gimmicky revivals almost never work so Mr. Nunn was wise not to tamper too much with Mr. Lloyd Webber’s winning formula. It is debatable whether this production will win over new generations, but if you enjoyed ‘Cats’ before and want to relive the ‘Memory’ again, there is plenty to enjoy here.” Full Review
"An amusing showcase with arresting dance elements and a sugary synthetic music score that proves to be unexpectedly contagious...Lewis is able to hit the notes, but her acting is stilted...There’s a lot to like about 'Cats,' including a large ensemble of talented performers who are ready and willing to give in to it its ridiculousness...Your inner theater snob may tell you it’s too silly a spectacle to bother with, but your outer theater geek will fight for the right to enjoy it." Full Review
“Trevor Nunn's production gives this 35-year-old show the sparkle and precision of a brand-new hit...Best of all is a cast superbly equipped to mine every bit of entertainment value in this extremely peculiar material...It's hard to escape the feeling that a very casual piece of source material has been blown up far beyond its limits into something only intermittently charming-and often perplexing...If you're a 'Cats' person, you're probably going to have a great time.” Full Review
See it if dance-centric musicals--featuring plenty of spectacle and one iconic show tune after another--make you purr like a newborn kitten.
Don't see it if you prefer substance over fluff, and you believe that even a hit show like "Cats", which premiered in 1981, has nothing left to offer.
See it if See this show if you are a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s work, if you love a true blue musical with great dancing and a beautiful stage
Don't see it if There is no don’t see it. This is a must see show
See it if You want to see amazing singing and dancing combined. Real people who act like real cats and perform amazing dance routines.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy unique concept musicals that are a majority dancing.
See it if You like Cats and know the history of the story itself. You have children. You like great costumes. You like Cats in audience.
Don't see it if You don't know what the story represents. You don't like cats.
See it if You love Andrew Llyod Webber's creative talent. The dancing and singing is absolutely amazing. The creative team and cast did great.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of webber's musicals.
See it if You like cats. I first time I saw it was as a gift and then I went again to get more clarity of what was going on, but I loved it!
Don't see it if You don't like cats or the theatre.
See it if you really, really are a cute lover. The music is thrilling and the costumes are so clever.
Don't see it if you really do not enjoy when the actors come into the audience. The painted cat's faces can be startling for some, especially young children
See it if You're a fan of the show already or have been curious to see it - this is a great revival. Everyone seems to give 100% and it's infectious.
Don't see it if You already hate the show or are for some reason are already convinced you'll hate the show. Many people just hate the musical.
See it if You like shows that are original ideas with imagination. And of course like great singing that you can hum on your way home.
Don't see it if You don't like if you're not a fan of shows that tell the story with singing.
See it if If you enjoy the little 4 legged felions singing and purring yheir way throught the stange children will really enjoy play. But family frien
Don't see it if Dont see if you dont enioy a lot of singing.
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