There are few shows quite like CATS the Musical.
The third-longest running musical on Broadway has been a huge influence on many a theater-lover, and my thespian husband is no different. Much of his childhood was spent enjoying the original West End recording on vinyl.
A generation later, our 8-year-old daughter is a huge fan thanks to the influence of several important people in her life. First there is her Daddy, of course, who added Memory to her bedtime song repertoire early on. Second is our amazing friend Liz, who first introduced Bria to a video recording of the show on her iPad during a previous New York trip. Third is another theater friend, Karli, whose well-loved VHS recording has gotten many miles with her own daughter and ours.
The best part is, all of these people got to be present for Bria’s first Broadway experience, sharing in a very special night at the revival of CATS the Musical at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway.
When we found out we would be in New York just days before the end of the show’s 18 month run, it was clear we had to to see it before it was gone. What a memory this would be! And what a memory it was!
Bria perched on the edge of her seat throughout the performance, dancing and singing right along as each of the talented triple threats took the stage. It was almost as good watching her as it was watching the show!
The highlights for her were those scenes involving her all-time favorite character, Mr. Mistoffelees, and of course Memory! Mamie Paris singing this classic song is something really special. Learn more about the story of CATS the musical on their website. (Also, just for fun, here’s the opening night review from 1982.)
It got even better after the show, when our friends DaeMynn and Kalen asked if we wanted a tour of the stage. How absolutely magical for all of us to be up there in the junkyard, being shown around by a member of the cast. (Did you know the junk on the set is “larger than life” so the cats are the appropriate size in comparison?)
I’m pretty sure that’s how she thinks theater works now, considering we have known someone behind the scenes at nearly every show she has ever seen! We are definitely one blessed, and incredibly grateful, group.
While the revival on Broadway is closed, your chances to see it are not a thing of the past. This is an epic show that definitely belongs on the bucket list of any theater lover. Watch for the touring company to visit a theater near you, with the show set to begin its national tour on January 19, 2019.
And maybe I’m wrong. Maybe watching Bria wasn’t the best part, maybe it was seeing this on my husband’s Facebook feed after the show (Helen is his mom)…