I’m going to start this post off first with the one question that has been plaguing my mind since the start of this show: WHAT IS A JELLICLE CAT???
If you have ever seen or even heard of the musical Cats, you probably know how weird it truly is. It doesn’t have a plot, and it really doesn’t make much sense.
Elon University is performing Cats right now, so naturally, I decided to go. I love musicals. This one was quite different from any other ones I have seen. Here’s what I thought of it:
As I said before, it doesn’t have a plot. Seriously. It is just a bunch of cats introducing one another then it’s over. I wish I was joking.
The end does have some weird thing that I don’t understand but basically, it’s just cats singing about other cats. There’s really no words in it either. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Les Mis has no words but there’s a story to that one. You’re right. It does. But Cats seriously doesn’t.
I don’t understand why it’s as popular as it is, to be honest with you. But, as surprising as this may be, I didn’t hate it. This show is very heavy with dancing, which I really enjoyed. Having a dance background, I really love watching people who are really talented in that realm. And let me tell you, they were AMAZING. The actors all were so good at dancing it took my breath away. So that was a plus.
Elon also added a few political statements into the show, which I found very interesting. First, in the scene when they’re pretending to be dogs playing with dog toys, they show two stuffed animals: a red elephant and a blue donkey. They are the two “groups of dogs” that are fighting.
They also showed a newspaper headline that read “ALL CATS TO BE DEPORTED” featuring an orange cat with a pretty familiar hairdo…
Lastly, when the magician cat (I remember none of the names) is doing the classic trick of pulling out multiple handkerchiefs tied together, it ended with the classic rainbow flag. Shoutout to Elon’s progressiveness.
So, have I convinced you to see this show? Probably not. I’m not entirely sure if I would even recommend it. But, my biggest tip to anyone planning on seeing it: don’t go in with expectations of it being something really good and interesting.
It just doesn’t make sense. And I don’t think it’s supposed to. I guess that must be what gives it it’s charm.
I probably won’t be seeing it again anytime soon, but on the bright side, I finally know what the song Summer in “School of Rock” is trying to sing.
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