Everyone’s favorite cat lady has got her claws out when it comes to describing her extensive showbiz history during this story and song-filled musical comedy. More…
Mrs. Smith is a woman on the verge of a cat-based breakdown — in search of her missing cat, Carlyle. To overcome the grief and rage of this “personal apocalypse,” she’s tried psychoanalysis, New Age therapies and, now, mounting a Broadway-style musical spectacular where her bizarre life story is re-enacted in delirious song and dance. With the aid of her dapper Broadway Boys, Mrs. Smith puts her spin on the perilous highs and lows of fame, fortune and superstardom.
"Her impassioned narrative veers toward the inane, but so be it. Our motor-mouthed diva's brittle asides and batty digressions also provide amusing occasions for some audience-friendly participation. But it is Hanbury's patently deft and also partly daffy renditions of classic show tunes that are the real cat's meow." Full Review
"Hanbury’s performance is pawsitively perfect and his/her vocals are truly spectacular. I would personally love to see this talented actor/actress in a show worthy of his/her talents...Andrew Rasmussen, co-writer and director, has certainly knows his way around a cat box and scratches in all the right places." Full Review
"It’s amazing what you can do with a little imagination and a lot of cardboard...It brings back the glory days of shoestring camp entertainment for all...This kind of show doesn’t need to make sense, especially if you have a cocktail or five before seeing it — the liquid courage may also help with the genial audience participation." Full Review
"The joy in Hanbury’s performance as the eccentric entertainer is that as she shares her outlandish stories she becomes only more and more captivating, perversely seductive even...'Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-tacular' is an unexpectedly delightful treat." Full Review
"Mr. Hanbury, pleasant and likable enough, sings capably (but not exceptionally), and works very hard, scoring points by his enthusiasm and brio, but he rarely rises to the level of satire, insight, poignancy, and hilarity this kind of show demands... David Hanbury is no Charles Busch and Mrs. Smith is no Miriam Passman. " Full Review
"'Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-Tacular!' is a decent drag show, but it needs more 'cat,' or something, to really earn that 'tacular...' Overall, the 'Cat-Tacular' has an identity problem. It’s more polished and elaborate than karaoke but not quite cabaret and not quite a play. Drag is feeling a little overexposed these days between stage works and television competition shows. It would be nice to see Mr. Hanbury take up the challenge to elevate his game." Full Review
"I wish I could be as enthusiastic about this performance as Mrs. Smith’s legions of fans. They loved every moment; me, not so much...For an evening like nothing else, Mrs. Smith and company are indeed the cat’s whiskers." Full Review
"if it is to appeal to a wider audience, Mrs. Smith's mad little soirée needs less of everything. The 'Cat-Tacular' is too frantic, too hard-sell...The only element of which there is no surfeit is genuine wit...The basic concepts aren't yet funny enough; better writing is wanted, along with more focused, less enervating staging." Full Review
See it if you enjoy popular showtunes cleverly integrated into a cabaret show. You want to see a campy act that can actually SING.
Don't see it if you want it to close too early. This is your fault. How will she ever find Carlyle now? Some off-color humor.