All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then.
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again.”- CATS, Grizabella
One night a year, the jellicle cats come together for their jellicle ball. They reunite to celebrate who they are by singing of their unique abilities and special traits. Their leader, named Old Deuteronomy, will choose one of them to go to the Heaviside layer (It’s like heaven) where they will then be reborn. Each and every cat tries their best to impress Old Deuteronomy so that they will be chosen. However, there is this evil cat, who wants to ruin everything; “Macvity” He kidnaps Old Deuteronomy and in the entire woes one cat Mr. Mistoffolees rescued him .
Then, this old cat comes along named Grizabella (played by Lea Salonga) but everyone avoids her because she is old and smelly. She explains that she used to be a glamour cat but now because of her age her beauty faded. She reappears in every scene refusing to be left out of the festivities. She was shunned by the other cats, but that does not stop her from singing “Memory”. The other cats begin to like her and try to help her. She catch Old Deuteronomy’s eye and she was chosen to go to the “Heavy side layer” only one cat can make this journey to be reborn.
Andrew Lloyd Webber was inspired to write this musical based on T.S Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” which is a book of poetry. Each musical number is the story of a different cat. The first performance of Cats took place on May 11th 1981 at the New London Theatre, that’s the theatre where the show has been on stage until May 11th 2002.
So the show is a series of numbers with each cat making his or her case about why they should get to go up. The dialogue was uttered into a song but somehow you will catch who’s who in this group of cats … Munkustrap – the show’s de facto narrator. A black and silver tom who is leader and protector of the Jellicle tribe. Jennyanydots (The Old Gumbie Cat). She “sits and sits and sits” all day, while at night she rules over the mice and cockroaches, teaching various activities to them. The Rum Tum Tugger – makes an extravagant entrance is a tom with a wild mane and leopard spots on his chest. He is very fickle and unappeasable, “for he will do as he do and there’s no doing anything about it”. Bustopher Jones – A fat cat, a “twenty-five pounder.” Dresses in a snappy tuxedo and spats. Respected by all, as the upper class “St James’ Street Cat.” Bustopher Jones is among the elite of the cats, belonging to many prestigious clubs. Old Deuteronomy -He is a large old cat that “has lived many lives” and “buried nine wives (And more–I am tempted to say, ninety-nine)”. He is the one who will choose which Jellicle cat will go to the Heaviside layer.
I love musical plays, ever since I watched Miss Saigon I was so looking forward to watch the famous and popular ones. Although I like those plays that still have a dialogue and not sing the dialogue off all the time. Still, that wouldn’t stop me from buying those tickets and see what’s the fuss all about…
List of plays I have seen
1. Cats now and forever – Surprisingly good though it’s 100% singing. Loved the song Memory!
2. Miss Saigon – I loved it can’t forget the chopper scene and the song Sun and Moon, actually most of the songs in this play are very catchy and good
3. They’re playing our song – witty and funny dialogue so entertaining, love the song fallin’
4. Phantom of the opera – I can’t forget they turned the stage into a river. The song ‘All I ask of you’ will be singing in your head afterwards.
5. Little shop of horrors – About a helpless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. …. ‘Feed me!’
6. Rent – A group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS
7. West Side Story – 1950’s Romeo and Juliet. ..”Maria..i just met a girl named Maria”
List of plays I have yet to see — Mama Mia, Les Miserables,Wicked, and The Sound of Music