CATS Review: The Musical for Dancers {The Daily Dash: November 20, 2019}

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One of the most iconic musicals of all times makes its way to Nashville this week…

CATS Review: The Musical for Dancers {The Daily Dash: November 20, 2019}

IN THE NEWS:
* Impeachment hearings continue
* Taylor Swift will be able to perform her old songs at AMAs
* Kylie Jenner sold 51% of her beauty brand for $600m
* DC zoo’s panda Bei Bei will return to China
* National Child’s Day
IN THE WORD:
Our individuality is to be rendered radiant through a personal relationship with God ~ Oswald Chambers

IN MY LIFE:

Last night I was provided with the opportunity to go see Andrew Lloyd Weber’s iconic musical: CATS.

To be honest, I had mixed feelings. After all, I’d seen the original production in London decades ago, so how would a touring company compare to that? Plus, when my husband (who had never seen the show and isn’t particularly fond of felines) asked about the story, I really couldn’t answer him.

After all, I remembered all the songs and that it was based on T.S. Elliot’s poetry, but I had a hard time recollecting the storyline.

After seeing CATS again, the truth is, there isn’t much of a story. You’re taken on a tour of meeting all the different cats, learning about their stories and what makes them unique. Sure, there is one main objective as a tribe of cats (the Jellicles) gather on at the Jellicle ball so Old Deuteronomy can make his annual choice of which cat will ascend to the Heavyside Layer and come back to a new life. But that’s about it.

That being said, I think one fellow patron summed it up best in something I overheard during the intermission: CATS is a musical for dancers. That could not be more true. While I heard one couple behind me lamenting about how choreography heavy the show was, I delighted in it. In fact, when I described the show to my daughter this morning, I likened it to Act 2 of The Nutcracker when we’re introduced to all the different fanciful beings in Clara’s dream.

Plus, I just love to dance and watch people dance who are amazing artists and technicians, and this cast was both.

I told you before how I was worried about how a touring cast would compare to my expectations; let me tell you, they exceeded them. In fact, they may be one of the best touring casts I’ve ever seen (and CATS has a LARGE cast). They also inspired me to stretch more and get in shape after seeing the outfits they had to wear!

Is this musical for everyone? No. Is it a must-see at least once in your life? Yes.
Plus, it’s family-friendly, though I’m not sure if little ones would be able to sit through the entire show (it’s a good 2.5 hours with the intermission).

You can try to catch CATS (see what I did there?) at TPAC from November 19-24, 2019. Visit TPAC.org for tickets and more information.

PRAYER FOCUS: Solitude
It can be difficult to hear God amidst the noise of our lives, especially when we’re constantly surrounded by others. My prayer for you today is that you can get away by yourself, if only for a few minutes, to silence yourself before God.

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