Review: Cats the Musical

CATS The Musical, PC: Hagen Hopkins
CATS The Musical, PC: Hagen Hopkins
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Following its triumphant season in London’s West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS comes to Australia for a strictly limited season, starring Delta Goodrem as Grizabella.

Sydney opened its’ curtains on 30 October 2015 at the beautiful historic Capitol Theatre which saw actors, musical theatre stars, TV personalities to pay homage to the 2015 Olivier award nominated hit revival.

On the evening, I went with a good friend of mine, who is, like me, a fan of all things musical. To escape and be mesmerised by the performance, costume and the singing that tells the story. I haven’t seen CATS before, and this was my moment to tick off my bucket list.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the stage show is set on a junkyard playground telling a feline story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicies.

Aussie pop royalty, Delta Goodrem makes her musical theatre debut. Grizabella is a self-conscious and somewhat an outcast glamour cat but she nailed one of my favourite and famous songs, ‘Memory’. Growing up, I played the piano and this is one of the many crowd pleasers, lyrics written by Trevor Nunn after one of T.S. Eliot’s poem, ‘Rhapsody on a Windy Night’.

The scene starts when the cats gather on stage and noticed they are being watched by the audience and proceed to tell us their names. Followed by a dance from Victoria the White Cat to signal the beginning of the Jellicle Ball.

Delta’s appearance was very minor to the show; it was the main performers that took centre stage. Munkustrap performed by Matthew McFarlane and an unusual ‘hip-hop/rap’ piece by Rum Tum Tugger (performed by Daniel Assetta).

Christopher Favaloro you were spontaneous and fun as Mr. Mistoffeles, the cat magician. Dominque Hamilton as Rumpleteaser and Brent Osborne as Mungojerrie fun and athleticism. No doubt everyone’s vocal and dance routine were very demanding and precise, but simply amazing.

After a quick intermission a spot of bubbles to hydrate from all the excitement and a couple of quick rookie vlogging. Which you can see on my twitter feed, @travelwithraf

Scene two sees Old Deuteronomy singing “what happiness is” after the Jellicle Ball.

Now, not to spoil the rest of the show and if you love the theatre and want to see the show, see below in how you can experience the magical journey of CATS The Musical.

A combination of the music and design, and an exciting visual experience.

Thank you Nuffnag for a wonderful night and to the amazing cast.

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