It’s amazing to think that Cats, the Musical as we know it today stemmed from a book T.S. Eliot penned back in 1930 entitled “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”. It wasn’t until the late 70’s that Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to marry music with lyrics and so the basis of Cat’s was established.
Several iterations later we now find ourselves reviewing the timeless classic in Brisbane courtesy of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises and Base Entertainment Asia in association with The Really Useful Group.
The star of this years show is Delta Goodrem who plays Grizabella. Delta is not only one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters but also a talented stage artist. Her portrayal of Grizabella was mesmerizing.
From a dance point of view I must applaud the choreography by Gillian Lynne and her associate Jo-Anne Robinson. The Gumbie Cat tap choreography by Bill Deamer was spectacular.
The junkyard set design was amazing and although the stage looked full there was ample space for the characters to move around. Costuming as you’d expect was on par with the world class costumes we’d expect from a production of this magnitude.
The storyline has a very real human element to it. It speaks of inclusion, relationships, friendship, companionship, life and death. The cats are really an extension of our own lives and how we interact with our own group of friends, colleagues and family.
Casting was spot on and the characters were believable and honest in their delivery of their story. We particularly were impressed by the male characters and their athleticism. Australia is blessed to have such a diverse range of musical theatre talent.
This is definitely a family fun production. It’s understandable how much this production has been embraced by the paying public. It’s a testament to the longevity of this production.