Review of Cats At the Neil Simon Theater, 250 West 52nd Street, NY NY

August 15, 2016
By Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor

New York, NY – Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber has revised his hit show “Cats” which first opened on Broadway in 1982 and ran for eighteen years and which became the fourth longest running show on Broadway.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber now has three shows running simultaneously on the Great “White Way”: this includes the longest running show in Broadway history, “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The School of Rock” which opened this year.

In 1982 I first saw “Cats”. As a school Principal I was able to secure from the producers’ tickets for my students who otherwise would never have seen a Broadway musical. I certainly hope the producers will be as generous to the children of New York with this new production.

“Cats” opened up with basically the same creative team which brought us the original “Cats” led by the Director Trevor Nunn with the exception of the choreographer who is for this production is Andy Blankenbuehler, who won a Tony for “Hamilton”. John Napier’s set is identical to the junkyard set of the original as the actors dance and prance in different cat costumes.

This is a child-friendly show and will be a tourist favorite. The show is based on T.S. Elliot’s’ poems, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,”

This is a musical which calls for a strong actress who can also sing in the lead as Grizabella, Leona Lewis, the British pop star is the lead and can sing as she belts out the memorable song most associated with the show, “Memory”.; but acting is another issue.

Young children and teenagers should enjoy the show which does not have a plot or dialogue and is dance driven but is not as engaging as the original.

I would bring young theater goers to “Cats” since it is a wonderful experience, particularly for first time theater attendees.

August 14, 2016

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