Recently a traveling production of “Cats” performed at Centennial Hall. “Cats” is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber that is based on the book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Elliot.
The play was about how the leader of the Jellicle Cats named Old Deuteronomy selects a cat that has spent his/her life well. The cat he selects has fulfilled her life and will go with him up to Heaviside Layer. He chooses an old cat who has been around for awhile and has a lot of knowledge—this cat is named Grizabella. Grizabella is a fat, striped, orange-ish cat who is often picked on by the younger cats. At the end of the play, Old Deuteronomy and Grizabella ascend up to Heaviside Layer together.
My three favorite cats in the musical were: Mister Mistoffelees who is a sparkly, black cat, Griddlebone who is a pretty white cat, and Munkustrap who is a cat with a white chest.
The play had lots of songs that told stories about the cats. One of my favorite songs was called, “Jellicle Cats.” Jellicle Cats isn’t just about one cat, though, it’s about all of the cats. One of the most famous songs in “Cats” was “Memory” which Grizabella sings before she is taken to the Heaviside Layer. Cats was a fun musical that I recommend that you and your family go to see.
“Cats” was part of the 2018-19 season of Broadway in Tucson. Visit broadwayintucson.com for information about next season’s shows