We hustle into the packed Capitol Theatre on a rainy Wednesday evening for Cats at the Capitol Theatre here in Sydney. Bag and umbrella checked, We popped into the theatre proper and there is a pretty mad looking set of a junkyard on stage. As the lights dimmed, dancers streamed in through the aisle – the musical has that funny way of interacting with the audiences – the cats even acknowledged the “human audience” breaking the fourth wall at one point in the show. We do strongly recommend checking out the Wikipedia if you’re not familiar and read the plot synopsis prior.
“The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.”
CATS is very much a musical with no spoken dialogue with exposition and story wholly delivered via show tunes and dance. It is also a highly choreographed and energetic dance show with dance moves ranging from classical (Ballet), to hiphop and also a fun tap sequence. Its an iconic stageshow – even if you haven’t seen it; you would have seen pictures of the costumes that make up the show.
The Second half of Cats is energetic and fun and also a moment in the show where emotional depth comes in – Delta Goodrem’s appearance in the 2nd Act singing “Memories” was rather sublime and tortuous in its pathos. Her voice fills the room and it’s a sad poignant number about growing old and becoming an outcast.
Magical Mr. Mistoffelees which follows is the most fun you’ll have in Cats. A fun, energetic and by energetic, we mean very frenetic dance number in which the most challenging and protracted solo dance sequence takes place. Christopher Favaloro’s Mr Mistofeelees is easily our favourite performer of the night – the intensity of the performance and the “magical” shenanigans he gets to onstage will please.
A reworked Cats won a 2015 Olivier award for nominated hit revival; Cats was tweaked by the original creative team to excellent reviews and popular demand. Cats the musical opened in Sydney on 30 October 2015 and will tour Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
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