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Ed from Seattle, Washington
COUNT ME AS ONE OF THOSE...
I just don’t get it. I wanted to, but it’s really disjointed and boring, and the cast mostly seemed to be going through the motions. It’s basicaly a couple of hours of “why I hate cats.” There were a couple of decent performers, but I think the rest of the cast is hamstrung with lousy material. I also noticed a lack of standing ovation from most of the audience, which is a rarity at the Paramount. And when will STG address the lousy sound system once and for all? For those of us in the cheap seats, it’s really hard to understand the performers. On the rare occasion something tickled the funnybone tonight, I couldn’t help but notice the majority of laughs came from the the floor, indicating I wasn’t the only one struggling to hear. This is an ongoing issue, and we are seriously considering not renewing next season because of it
Anonymous from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
THE MUSICAL WITH NO PLOT, THEME, OR DIRECTION
I thought it was me, but others have said the same. I had absolutely no idea what was going on. The play needs dialogue to move the story. It looked schizophrenic. Jumping here to there, up, down, frantic. It was beautifully decorated with the costumes and the setting, but a story was missing. I should not pay, then have to Google the musicaltp find out what was going on.
Kristin from Chicago, Illinois
LESS THAN SATISFIED
I felt that the dancing was completely off. My children who are both dancers kept on telling me how their timing was off. Legs weren't straight on Grands and many weren't getting into character. They went as far to say that they need to work on their technique and practice more times a week. Singing was good. I am wondering if it was a new cast who just didn't understand or become comfortable with their roles. Also, you couldn't understand the words they were saying. The show needs a lot more work. Nothing like the ones in the past.
D G Hodgin from Charlotte, North Carolina
Would NOT recommend this anymore, unlike I have for 20 years after seeing it on Broadway. The "high tech" ridiculously LOUD pre recorded excuse for music ( that now cheaply replaces the actual real orchestra that we expect with a "Broadway play") not only completely overwhelmed /drowned out the players, but made it impossible to hear actual "words OR lines" in speech or song! (although the players did indeed sing and dance their hearts out superbly!!) Unfortunately, they didn't stand a chance against the "crude ear splitting CHEAP loudness" which now COMPLETELY replaces the magic and rich intimacy that initially made this production so infamous. SAVE your money as you are NOT seeing a real "Broadway" play, but a pathetically cheap imitation, and good luck knowing what's going on. .
Lou from Toronto, Ontario
A good play should transport you to where it is taking place. Makeup or no makeup, an actor should make you believe that they are their characters. This Toronto production did neither.Out of 12 people that attended I was the only one able to catch some kind of story. It was poorly executed at the beginning. I didnt once loose site that they were just performers in makeup and not cats. Perhaps that is more the fault of the director. Friends in our group has seen other productions in other cities and said that this one was the worst. Avoid taking children under 12 as there are better and cheaper plays in Toronto.
NRS from Fresno, California
The dancers danced well, the singers sang well and the costumes were nice. But, the storyline, which seemed minimal at best, did not grab our attention. We left the theater at intermission and we were not the only ones. I expected something a little more entertaining from a musical that’s been around for 40 years. In addition to the lack luster musical, we ended up parking on the street when we were informed that it would be $20, cash only, no credit cards and no senior discount. We did not see a sign announcing the increase. And, finally, the requirement to show your vaccination card was a joke. No checking ID’s to if see the card was actually yours or if you were fully vaccinated. If it is to be required, then accurately check.
Abbie from Los Angeles, California
If you like musicals just to hear music, then you will enjoy the show. This had absolutely no story line and besides "memories, no music that I enjoyed. If you want to see humans jumping around like cats and don't mind that there is no beginning, middle, and end to a show, then by all means go see it. I would have rather spent my time and gone to get my teeth cleaned. 3 hours of my life that I will never get back.
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