When I go watch musicals, I usually read the Wikipedia summary beforehand, because I find that I enjoy them better that way – not having to keep trying to figure out the story, and can focus solely on the singing and acting.
I decided to try something different this time, and went to see Cats with a blank slate.
I came out pretty much still with a blank slate.
It was almost entirely unlike what I expected it (or any musical) to be! There were some fun pieces and cool dances, but the whole thing felt a lot more like a concert than a musical.
I gave up trying to figure out the story half way through, and decided to focus on the music instead, and I’m glad I did – some of the songs are quite good.
The first act starts fairly light-hearted, and turned a little rock-y towards the intermission.
My personal favourite is the opening of the Jellicle Ball.
The second act is much more romantic and emo (what’s the I-need-to-sound-like-I-know-what-I’m-talking-about word for that?), and most of the songs seem to be centred around a particularly old cat and an evil cat… yeah I had no idea what was going on.
And of course, there were a few numbers based on the melody of Memory, which I thought was quite good. Memory is probably the most famous song from the musical, and for good reasons!
However, I did not find most of the rest of the musical particularly memorable. And it kept reminding me of Pink Panther for some reason…