June 16, 2007


Who's seen Cats live in theater? Where?

I saw it in London in a theater-in-the-round in 1984. I had an aisle seat, and I was enthralled when I noticed that the off-stage cats were actually creeping up the aisles waiting to come back on for their next scene. They were so into their roles they were hissing.

I saw it again in Honolulu in an arena; it wasn't even close to the same (other than the music, all of which I dearly love).


Cats is the only Andrew Lloyd Webber spectacle I've seen. I know the critics don't think much of his work, but the music alone would put him on my shortlist of great theatrical geniuses.

(This memory brought to mind by a commenter at Making Light who's a newly minted Ph.D and calls herself Jennyanydots.)

Posted by Linkmeister at June 16, 2007 11:43 AM | TrackBack

We saw JCS earlier this year. I have to admit that although I've never seen the movie, I know the studio album inside and out, and I had no idea that it was an honest-to-god rock opera. I just assumed that it was a musical with dialogue and stuff. We saw it in a small theater in SLC with Corey Glover (from the band Living Colour) as Judas.

Posted by: Scott at June 16, 2007 06:58 PM

I know a lot of the music, between ALW collections and Sarah Brightman albums, but we don't get a lot of travelling companies for theater out here, drat it.

Posted by: Linkmeister at June 16, 2007 07:49 PM

I saw Cats on Broadway sometime in the mid tpo late 80's, sitting two rows from stage right.

Loved the entire experience.

Posted by: pixelshim at June 17, 2007 03:29 AM

I saw a production in OKC at the Lyric (*years* ago w/ my mom). The "cats" roamed the audience before the production, but were absent during it (or at least I do not remember them--I was quite enthralled with the action on stage).

Saw Chicago in London (2005) and the cast remained on stage--smoking, drinking, and gabbing. You know, being "cool."

Posted by: shelley at June 17, 2007 07:09 AM

I saw Phantom of the Opera in Seattle. It was great!

Posted by: Karan at June 18, 2007 05:34 AM

My family and I saw "Cats" on Broadway. I was the only one who didn't fall asleep. It was interesting, and I'm glad to be able to say I saw it... but frankly seeing "The Secret Garden" with the original Broadway cast is still among my top New York moments.

Posted by: Ryan at June 18, 2007 12:44 PM