“Cats” fills Seattle’s Paramount this week with great ensemble singing and dancing, and plenty of pyrotechnics
Bursting back into the glamorous Seattle Paramount Theater this week is “Cats,” the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on T.S. Eliot’s “Book of Practical Cats.” Touted as the original production, this “Cats” makes a splash largely due to its excellent ensemble singing and dancing, as well as some laugh-out-loud highlights – despite a whole lot of unnecessary pyrotechnics.
As everyone discovered when this musical hit the London (then New York) stage and changed musical theater forever, “Cats” relies on atmosphere rather than plot – and this production well and truly delivers. With the original set and costume design by John Napier, the larger-than-life garbage pile and fuzzed-up cat faces from sleek Siamese to mangy cur are kicked up a notch by some brilliant make-up, which you get to see up close as the cats (sorry, that would be ‘cast’) dart into the audience, hissing in faces to great effect at the start. Read more »