Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Cats

From 3,310 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever

About the show

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.

2h 15m | Already closed | Neil Simon Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (3310)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever
78
Avg Score

74
Entertaining, Fluffy, Repetitive, Cute

See it if You've never seen Cats before. The cast is great. There are some really good songs and dance numbers.

Don't see it if You've already seen Cats. At times it can be really repetitive. Is more of a musical revue, no real story. Would work better as 1 Act.

91
Must see, Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if you want exceptional dancing, singing & staging. I hated original-loved this. Somehow without reimaging, it feels full of life, new & fresh.

Don't see it if you've just GOT to have a plot. For all it beauty & charm there is still 0. Leona Lewis is no Betty Buckley, but who is! She's worth seeing!

69
Ambitious, Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You like the TS Eliot based book and it's story. It is consuming for children but can be confusing at times for kids

Don't see it if This production was not as good as the one in the 80's. It doesn't have the same feel to it and I do not recommend it. Should have never ope

51
Kitschy, Banal, Fluffy, Overrated, Great dancing

See it if you're nostalgic for the original production. This mindless, grating, hokey show is as creaky as museum piece, yet somehow still entertains.

Don't see it if you think of Cats as a low point in musical theatre, as this revival/re-creation only reinforces the claim that ALW set back the art form.

30
Tedious, Confusing, Pointless, Indulgent, Stupefying

See it if you dare. I really can't figure out the appeal of this one.

Don't see it if you value clear storytelling (or really any kind of storytelling) or dramatically compelling songs or your time.

78
Dizzying, Great staging, Great dancing, Better than expected, not as good as i wanted it to be, Entertaining

See it if You want great dancing: this is a dance-ical & the dancers are superb!! You want to be entertained.

Don't see it if You're expecting a story-there's only a wisp of one here. You've already made up your mind to hate it. You don't like dance-icals.

83
Great staging, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Overrated

See it if you've never seen it before. It's a classic. The sets, lighting, costumes, and choreography are terrific and certainly elevate the show.

Don't see it if you care much for story. It's a series of vignettes with a loose through line. I was bored at times.

84
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Banal, Confusing

See it if You love a Webber score and/or want to see a show that's terrifically choreographed. There's nothing more to it than that.

Don't see it if You want a show with a plot. This is a dance musical. If you go in thinking it's going to be sophisticated, you won't like it.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if I went for I love cats, but you do not need to like cats to see this. The makeup and staging are great.

Don't see it if No real story line, base on poets

61
Great staging, Slow

See it if You want to hear "Memory" sung live, enjoy the score

Don't see it if Repetitive, boring in many spots

82
Enchanting, Great costumes, great dancing

See it if After years, still emotionally affecting for adult and child alike. Amusing cat names, cute feline dances, and one +memorable+ song.

Don't see it if You are expecting more plot than a nursery rhyme.

Also Based on poems T S Elliot wrote for his grand daughter about jolly lit... Read more Read less

65
Dated, Dancing, Spectacle

See it if you love flashy dance numbers, want to see a Broadway spectacle, or are curious why this used to be the longest running show on Broadway

Don't see it if you want a plot, you're only going to see Leona Lewis (you might see her adequate yet unremarkable understudy Jessica Hendy instead)

76
Derivative, Gorgeous dancing, Memorable songs, Must love kitties

See it if you loved the original, cuz there's very little new here. I wish the musical arrangements had been updated to match the oh so singable songs

Don't see it if you don't like gorgeous bodies moving like cats, you want a plot, you don't find T.S. Elliot whimsical or crowds of chatty tourists bug you.

75
Great dancing, Grayer in design, "f-ing ineffable" as heard in cats, Now & forever? as heard about cats, Better than cats.... many parts of it were

See it if want to see a dance concert with intermitant music hall thrown in, strongest in its movement, weak in its storytelling, spectacle galore

Don't see it if you think there is something better than CATS, if you'll miss pirate ship sequence, if you'll miss Betty Buckley or Laurie Beechman

69
Entertaining, Dated, Dance focused

See it if you’re a fan of 80’s fashion and ethos, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and/or So You Think You Can Dance

Don't see it if you’re bored at modern dance performances

Also CATS is more similar to a ballet than to a typical musical– each plot ... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great dancing, Good music

See it if you enjoy good dancing and singing, you like and know about cats.

Don't see it if you do not like revivals or are bothered by elaborate costumes. The many "cats" can get a bit confusing.

67
Disappointing, Original, Overrated, Great dancing

See it if you like dancing cats? There is some great dancing that can help you get over the overamplified music. The cast is fantastic!

Don't see it if you want a decent story, are afraid of cats or leotards

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if Good show for a family with small children. Well staged and acted.

Don't see it if You saw it the first time around.

85
Great dancing, Entertaining, Great staging, Classic, Fluffy

See it if you can abide the utter lack of plot. Tyler Hanes, Ricky Ubeda & Mamie Paris give standout performances as does the reimagined choreography.

Don't see it if that whole no-plot thing is a dealbreaker. It does still have the timeless score, beautiful staging, and exuberant cast to recommend it.

78
Great staging, Great dancing, Overrated, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Great staging, costumes & dancing, but no real story or charm. This revival feels worn & tired. Grizabella was curiously weak, tepid.

Don't see it if I have no idea why this show was so long running - or revived. It seems to be all about the spectacle - all dazzle but no substance.

79
Great dancing, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you liked the original. The choreography is better and less insane than the original (no 2 person cartwheels while hitting the high note).

Don't see it if You are looking for a cohesive story. It's based on a book of poetry and is a theme piece more than an integrated musical.

Also I liked the revival. It was more than I expected. Vocals were very str... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining

See it if you never saw the original. You'll have nothing to compare it to. Cats is epic & the original @ The Winter Garden should have never closed.

Don't see it if you're personally attached to the original choreography & staging. All changes, additions & omissions were excruciatingly obvious & painful.

Also Leona Lewis was surprisingly AMAZING. But why all the changes? Even om... Read more Read less

70
Imaginative, Exquisite choreography and dancing, Losing its luster, Part dream, part nightmare, Poetic

See it if you've never seen this iconic, getting-dusty Andrew Lloyd Webber work and need to check it off the "to-see" list; don't mind a lack of plot.

Don't see it if you require realism, intense drama, actors who look like they're not wearing Halloween costumes; newer, resonant stories; if you hate music.

Also Anyone who reads the 1939 collection Old Possum's Book of Practical Ca... Read more Read less

87
Great dancing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging, Original

See it if you never saw the original and love the soundtrack.

Don't see it if want an up-beat musical.

60
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You've been listening to the cast album for literally your whole life. You want to see a show that's really weird, but a classic nonetheless

Don't see it if You think it's going to be an amazing and profound theater experience worthy of T.S. Eliot's book credit. It isn't. But it's fun and weird.


July 31st, 2016
“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 thems...
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July 31st, 2016
“This was a lost opportunity. Rather than lamely re-creating the original, why not orchestrate the score for acoustic instruments, redo the costumes and dances, and find fresh drama underneath the tacky, dated pageantry? Instead we get a taxidermied pet. If there is heart to the piece, it’s Griza...
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July 31st, 2016
“The wan revival at least gets the lighting right...No greater ambition seems to have animated the revival as a whole. Other than Katz’s spectacular lighting, the design and staging are at best equivalent to the original’s, even after decades of adjustments and second thoughts...Seeing it 34 year...
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July 31st, 2016
"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 h...
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