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Cats Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (2.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 79



3.0 star rating Ben from Washington, District of Columbia


Saw it back in the 1980s, in Boston. It was magical, with a lot of vignettes that added energy and fun, but there were points that had me drifting away. Pollicle Dogs, I am looking at YOU. Just saw it on tour at the Kennedy in 2019. It was ... less magical. Was the Jellicle Ball ALWAYS that long and boring? It seemed like the vignettes were cut, to make up for more of the never-worth-it plot, and the seemingly interminable ballet. I felt bad for the dancers. They were working their hearts out to entertain me. Their director wasn't. The lighting crew were the stars of the show. This is not a good thing. Ultimately, I walked out during intermission. Life is too short to ensure the Pollicle Dogs a second time. I went home and pet my own cats. Much more satisfying.

3.0 star rating Aneysha from Toronto, Ontario


I was disappointed in this Cats production, no real storyline, just the same type of dancing over and over. I saw Cats years ago it was much better.

3.0 star rating Becca from Toronto, Ontario


The play itself was very well done. Great singing, dancing, sets, costume, production. However, I was bored most of the show... there was absolutely no story line, as I did not expect this with my lack of previous Cats knowledge, but I was really disappointed. Especially for $140 a ticket, you'd expect more than singing and dancing... I didn't know this was a ballet/opera :( Wish I knew this before purchasing the tickets!

3.0 star rating Rebecca Leonard from East Norriton, Pennsylvania


"It was awful, Moxxie. It was about ugly, horny cats!" - Blitzo, 𝘏𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘒 π˜‰π˜°π˜΄π˜΄ season 1, episode 6: π˜›π˜³π˜Άπ˜΅π˜© 𝘚𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘳𝘴

3.0 star rating CarolV from Denver, Colorado


I've seen Cats 4 time now in 3 different locations. I just saw the May 24th 2022 performance at the Buell. While many of the newly casted main characters were still AMAZING, including Bombalurina, Demeter, Mistoffelees, Munkustrap, Deuteronomy, Mungojerrie, Rumpleteaser, and Macavity, we were truly disappointed in our favorites: Rum Tum Tugger, Grizabella, and JEMIMA. We were quite stunned, actually. The new Tugger (who was supposed to be Zach Bravo, and we were looking forward to that only to be disappointed) is supposed to be to be an overly-animated, persnickety feral tomcat who naturally loves the attention of the female cats, and this actor's performance fell flat. The pure, funny, testosterone-laden personality of the classic tomcat that he is supposed to be was lost in this actor's performance. Grizabella, while vocally superb, lacked the necessary raw emotion of actors past - that was a disappointing stunner for us as well. Another HUGE disappointment was the casting of Jemima. A young innocent cat, her voice has always been clear, true, and angelic - so clear in fact that it cut like a knife, bringing tears to one's eyes. Not this time around. The current actor's voice, while the same necessary high register, was unpleasantly nasal. It really ruined that pivotal part for us. While some may not agree, the integrity of the original production has been compromised to us. Overall, we still enjoyed the performance because we so love this show. But we were sad at the new cast choices that diminished our experience.

3.0 star rating CarolV from Denver, Colorado


While I did not prefer some of the principals in the cast this time around, those who point out below that they did not like the show because they didn't understand what was going on with the plot, consider this: perhaps they should read up on any musical or opera before they attend a show so they may then enjoy and understand the show. The plot of this production was absolutely on par and well done. There are just some casting inadequacies now, as I mention in my earlier review.

3.0 star rating Lucy from San Diego, California


I went to the San Diego Civic Theater last night hoping for an amazing performance. This was my first time and I hadn’t read up prior to the performance what it was about. First, there was no orchestra in the pit. Second, after straining to find microphones on the singers/dancers through my binoculars, I realized there were none. THIS PERFORMANCE WAS COMPLETELY PRERECORDED! Now I understood why the tickets were so cheap. What a disappointment. But I readjusted my viewing lens to taking it in as presented and wound up enjoying it a lot. The music, singing, dancing and choreography were excellent. The program that was given out at the door had no information about what Cats was about. No information about it being entirely prerecorded. But it had pages and pages of droll bio information of everyone connected to the production. When will San Diego become worthy of top flight productions? It’s a long trek to LA.

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