Monday, April 18, 2011

Mexican & a Musical

I got the bike ride and the Mexican food, but I missed the beach.  I did, however, squeeze in a Sunday afternoon show.  It was Butters' suggestion that the boys would like CATS.  I'd never been, so I couldn't form a true opinion, although I suspected that any musical would have trouble holding their interest for the duration.  (I was correct.)

I've seen my share of musicals--not a ton--but certainly a respectable number, but I'd never seen CATS.  I honestly didn't know what to expect, but assumed that since it's been running for more than thirty years, it had a little somethin' special.  

This is what I said to my husband after the first act:  "This musical is all about cats."
Spot-on, right?
I guess I knew that, instinctively, but I didn't imagine it would be so very...catty.  It didn't help that I somehow missed a part of the storyline early on...possibly due to not being able to understand the words of a few of the songs.  All I could get was a lengthy ode to 'Jellicle Cats' and then some singing/dancing cat introductions.

I honestly think I needed to be a cat person to appreciate it.  And I'm not a cat person.  I think I've posted about that before.  In fact, when the on-stage cats were rubbing up against each other, I had to suppress a full body cringe.  What I did appreciate, very much, was that the musical was taken, almost in its entirety from a collection of poems by T. S. Eliot, written in the 1930's.  I can only assume he was a cat person.

Let's just say I won't be going to see a production all about cockroaches either, and leave it at that.


Allie said...

This post made me laugh!

Sarakastic said...

I am not a cat person either so when I saw this musical it was like my worst nightmare. Also I didn't understand it.

Stacy said...
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Stacy said...

Sorry about comment deletion above. I wish you could edit comments.

Anyhow, I *am* a cat person, as you all know, but I can't imagine being excited about seeing Cats. It just sounds silly. I didn't know it was based on TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which I do love.

Teenage Bride said...

hahahahaha I saw Cats a long time ago.... I was young... but i think I liked it haha

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Yeah, Cats is kind of a "musical lovers" kind of show...not so much for general audiences because it's SO SO SO about cats and music and not much else.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

That's something, I guess, Allie!

Ahh...a kindred spirit, Sarakastic!

It was silly, Stacy. :)

Glad you liked it, Jill. ;)

Agreed, Green Girl. So, so very much.