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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.
from Seattle, Washington
DISJOINTED, AWKWARD, UNFUN, TERRIBLE WASTE OF TALENT
The show has no storyline, no character development, one set change, One awkward moment after another. The audience did not like it although we certainly tried to engage. The performers play to the back of the stage not outwardly towards the audience. Perhaps it’s an attempt to capture the aloofness of cat behavior? Whatever – after 45 minutes of it, let alone three hours, who cares? The performers except for one razzle dazzle extraordinary dancer, lost track of the fact… Hello there’s an audience out here! And then when they did TRY to engage with the audience, it fell flat. The musical compositions were bizarre – not lyrical, not enjoyable. And anti-climactic - always dwindling out like an ‘oh never mind’ moment. Just super disappointing. It’s like this show is a great starting point ... now they need a director to get in there and create texture and dynamic and some semblance of story. I feel sad for the performers - to have their talents and time so wasted.
from Seattle, Washington
THE WORST BROADWAY SHOW.... POSSIBLY EVER.
The actors are talented singers and dancers, but this is a terrible show. I'm not sure how you review that script and say, 'yeah, I want to hop around like a cat for a couple hours'... just a terrible, terrible, boring show. I cannot understand what all the excitement is about. This is not the fault of the actors, they didn't write the show. I'm sure that given the opportunity in other productions they are all fine actors. But this performance is terrible and not worth the time or the ticket price. Do yourself a favor and see a show with an actual story line, plot and character development. This is nothing more than singing and dancing and spectacle making with no substance what so ever. I'm not sure what I expected, but this wasn't it.
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