18 May 2010 Photos and Review / Story: MiSociety
CATS the Musical catapults back on the Sydney stage in 2010 at the Lyric Theatre
CATS the Musical is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s 1939 book of poems, ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ where “Jellicle Cats” gather at a junkyard for the annual Jellicle Ball.
CATS tells the story of the villainous Macavity, the magical Mr Mistoffelees and the charismatic Rum Tum Tugger who are each telling their personal stories in a bid to convince the patriarch of the Jellicle tribe, Old Deuteronomy, that they should be chosen to be reborn into a new life.
Actually what CATS is about is inconsequential. It’s really about the dance, the music, the costuming and the set design. The all Australian cast of this current production to hit Sydney have been together for two years and have certainly perfected the art of ‘cat’. Their feline portrayals were so slick (and cute) this night that one wondered if their morning cuppa is lapped from a bowl. The set design, costuming, make-up and athleticism of CATS 2010 in Sydney is kittylicious and will not disappoint.
It was raining cats (and dogs) in Sydney on opening night and it appeared some invited notables were afraid of getting their paws wet thus preventing them from attending the after party. But the delightful cast of CATS were the stars anyway and partied on with the soul sounds DJ’s ‘Soulqualia’ and guests into the early hours even though they had a matinee performance that afternoon.
CATS is showing at the Lyric Theatre, Star City Casino, Sydney until 13 June and you can book tickets here
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