By: Simran Kaur/Justin Kok
CATS, Andrew Lloyd Webber's world famous, dance-spectacle pantomine has returned to the shores of Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Mastercard Theatres for a confirmed run of three weeks. The classic tale of the purrific felines was last here in 2009.
Universally adored, with one of the most recognised musical tracks in Broadway history with "Memory", CATs is an adaptation based upon T.S. Elliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical cats, which detail the lives and adventures of a tribe known as the Jellicle cats, a band of merry singing and dancing cats living near dumpsters. As the story unfolds, it tells the tale of the Jellicle cats preparing for a spectacular annual event where one of them is chosen to be elevated into "Heaviside Layer" to be reborn.
The Mastercard Theatres were spectacular in their preparations for this world-class event, with patrons being greeted with a phenomenal on-stage set, boasting huge dumpsters which opened and shut as the Cats pranced and crawled about. The lights of the show were incredible, illuminating each scene and each character perfectly, highlighting the beautiful moonlight backdrop.
In this International Tour iteration of the musical, the spectacular cast from the UK were stupendous in their performances. Production value was simply mind-blowing in its level of detail, with every actor devoting their entire being to their role as a Cat which meant extremely feline characteristics from intermittent body scratches, back-arching, to whisker twitches, to very feline yawns were imbued in each actor's performance at every instance, transforming the musical into a phenomenally surrealistic experience as as the chronicles of the Jellicle cats were brought to life on-stage.
Throughout the 3-hour show, the iconic music of legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber filled the air in the theatre, the magnificent overtures accompanying the sublime vocals of the performers as we regaled in the tales and tails of the clever Mr. Mistoffelees, the reminiscent Grizabella, and the ever-wise Old Deuteronomy.
The return of this show simply cannot be missed as it is an experience of a lifetime
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