Monday, 22 December 2014

Cats

Cats, London Palladium - reviewed on 18th December
Nicole Scherzinger
Photo: Alastair Muir / REX
     
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1981 musical has a strange story – of cats gathering for an annual ball to decide which of them will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn. But this strangeness aside, Cats is a great musical with catchy songs and utterly brilliant choreography by Gillian Lynne.
   
The London cast – headed by pop star Nicole Scherzinger – is on good form, impressing particularly in group dance numbers. As the characters’ human-like personalities – from burglar Mungojerrie to former glamour cat Grisabella – are introduced, it’s hard not to warm to their feline charm, and I haven’t been able to stop humming ‘Old Deuteronomy’ and ‘Jellicle Ball’ since.

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