Mexican & a Musical

I got the bike ride and the Mexican food, but I missed the beach.  I did, however, squeeze in a Sunday afternoon show.  It was Butters’ suggestion that the boys would like CATS.  I’d never been, so I couldn’t form a true opinion, although I suspected that any musical would have trouble holding their interest for the duration.  (I was correct.)

I’ve seen my share of musicals–not a ton–but certainly a respectable number, but I’d never seen CATS.  I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but assumed that since it’s been running for more than thirty years, it had a little somethin’ special.  

This is what I said to my husband after the first act:  “This musical is all about cats.”
Spot-on, right?
I guess I knew that, instinctively, but I didn’t imagine it would be so very…catty.  It didn’t help that I somehow missed a part of the storyline early on…possibly due to not being able to understand the words of a few of the songs.  All I could get was a lengthy ode to ‘Jellicle Cats’ and then some singing/dancing cat introductions.

I honestly think I needed to be a cat person to appreciate it.  And I’m not a cat person.  I think I’ve posted about that before.  In fact, when the on-stage cats were rubbing up against each other, I had to suppress a full body cringe.  What I did appreciate, very much, was that the musical was taken, almost in its entirety from a collection of poems by T. S. Eliot, written in the 1930’s.  I can only assume he was a cat person.

Let’s just say I won’t be going to see a production all about cockroaches either, and leave it at that.

Posted in musical number on 04/18/2011 07:34 pm


  1. This post made me laugh!

  2. I am not a cat person either so when I saw this musical it was like my worst nightmare. Also I didn't understand it.

  3. Sorry about comment deletion above. I wish you could edit comments.

    Anyhow, I *am* a cat person, as you all know, but I can't imagine being excited about seeing Cats. It just sounds silly. I didn't know it was based on TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which I do love.

  4. Teenage Bride

    hahahahaha I saw Cats a long time ago…. I was young… but i think I liked it haha

  5. Green Girl in Wisconsin

    Yeah, Cats is kind of a "musical lovers" kind of show…not so much for general audiences because it's SO SO SO about cats and music and not much else.

  6. Alyssa Goodnight

    That's something, I guess, Allie!

    Ahh…a kindred spirit, Sarakastic!

    It was silly, Stacy. :)

    Glad you liked it, Jill. 😉

    Agreed, Green Girl. So, so very much.

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