I saw CATS, the Broadway musical!
If you’re not familiar with the Broadway show, you might have seen the trailer to the live action movie remake of the musical, which will be released at Christmas. I am so excited for the movie to come out and wanted to see the Broadway musical before it comes out. I grew up listening to the music with my mom, who loves the song “Memories,” which is undoubtedly the most famous song from the musical.
CATS, at one point in time, was the longest-running Broadway and off-Broadway musical of all time. I believe that it has since been surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera. I’ve seen Phantom of the Opera (PO) twice, once on Broadway and one off, and it is definitely my favorite musical of all time. CATS was written by T.S. Elliot and Andrew Lloyd Weber (LEGENDS!).
CATS happened to be in my city months before the movie release, so I drove to downtown Houston to the Hobby Center and spent the evening with a few dancing and singing human dressed as cats.
If you’re commuting to downtown like I do, there is a parking structure right next to the Hobby Center that costs a $12 flat rate for evening events. It wasn’t too crowded and it was a 5 minute walk to the theater (the walk does include stairs, but I think that there is also an elevator nearby).
Tickets for Broadway and off-Broadway shows vary depending on where you sit. For this show, I sat up in the topmost balcony and to the left side, so my ticket was only about $60-80. Online vendors also tack on about $20 extra per ticket for various fees and things, so keep that in mind. I, personally, love Broadway and value this form of art so I never really mind the price of tickets.
Now it’s showtime.
I’m not going to lie to you… CATS is quite an odd musical. There’s not really a true story line, no climax or threat or anything like that. It’s essentially two hours of a bunch of cats getting together and every once in a while one cat becomes the star of the show, sings a song and dances a bit. Don’t get me wrong — the singing and dancing is incredible and makes the show 100% worth it, but the musical definitely isn’t story-driven. It perhaps has only one important or famous song in the entire show, which is “Memories” (mentioned earlier) and is sung towards the end of the show. The performer who sung that song was absolutely incredible and she received a standing ovation. CATS is also a very dance-driven musical, especially when compared to other musicals like PO or Wicked or Les Miserables. There are a lot of break-out dance sequences intermixed with the singing.
I love Broadway and wish that I could go to every show, so I loved CATS. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I’m glad that I went. If you’re a fan of singing and dancing and cats, I highly recommend going to see CATS, the musical.
Thank you for reading! Have you ever seen CATS? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!