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Cats (1998)

 -  Musical  -  1998 (UK)
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS, the most famous musical of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. 'Memory', one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. ... See full summary »

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS, the most famous musical of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. 'Memory', one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. Since then CATS has smashed records and conquered the world. Using the latest technology, all the excitement, thrill, romance and intimacy of this theatrical legend has been captured on screen. Breathtaking visuals and full digital sound (that has been completely re-recorded with a seventy piece orchestra) will leave you deep into the mysterious world of CATS as you've never seen it before - more intoxicating and magical than you could possibly imagine. With a star cast including Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills. Written by Anonymous

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Sure, it's beautiful. Music, costumes, and make-up are incredible. But you might as well watch a painting for two hours because there is no story to hold onto. Apparently reading T.S. Eliot's book on which it's based will fill things out, but art needs to stand on its own, and this just falls down. It's hard to believe that Cats is the second longest- running Broadway musical of all time. (Phantom is still going.) Perhaps repeat audiences kept watching Cats, hoping they would eventually understand the point some day.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat was better. Sure, it also had the silly genre collections such as country western and calypso, but they worked to tell a story and were funny. For example, in Cats, Rum Tum Tugger tries to employ an Elvis Presley style, but it's just kind of gross. Whereas the Pharaoh in Joseph is built up as "The King," an allusion to Presley that makes sense and delivers humor.

I suspect there was a good story that could have been told, but it fell short because there was no real context presented.


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