Review of CATS by Jacqui Hartley, NODA Rep NE
“It made me cry with pride and emotion that such a talented group of performers could produce a major musical on such an epic scale- and that was before I realised the age range of the group! Every second of hard work showed on that stage for their adoring public to see. An incredible achievement for all involved”
“What a show! Incredible make-up, costumes and flawless choreography. A stunning performance by the young cast with humour, energy and some moments of pure spine-tingling emotion. Without a doubt some future stars of the stage”
Jo Deahl, Producer at BBC North
Wow! I loved it so much I saw it twice. Flawless performances from a cast who have worked so hard, and you can tell. The Rum Tum Tugger’s swagger had me half hysterical laughing and half swooning in my seat! That a cast of 9 years to 19 can carry a professional show to such a standard defies belief. Dalton, Georgia, Otti, Bertie, Elodie, Hannah to name just a few of a magnificent cast; all wonderful beyond their years. Just a shame it had to end.
”We had the pleasure of seeing CVYTs performance of Cats at the Playhouse on Saturday afternoon and what a tremendous performance it was. You must be very proud of the young people taking part as there was some unbelievable talent on the stage”
Mr. Phillip Waldron – Chairman Halifax Thespians
”Truely brilliant show. Cast and crew should be very proud”
Todd Wilson – Ex CVYT member and Performing Arts student in Liverpool
”CATS was absolutely brilliant! Just can’t get over how good it was. Those kids are truly amazing – we were gobsmacked. Well done to all the support crew too – a fantastic night out!”
“Wow! What an incredible performance of CATS. You should be really proud of yourself and all your cast. Well done.”
- — The original production opened at the New London Theatre, in the West End on 11 May 1981. Eight years later it celebrated its first important milestone: after 3,358 performances, Cats became the longest running musical in the history of the British theatre.
- — On 29 January 1996 the London production of Cats celebrated its 6,141st performance and became the longest running musical in the history of West End theatre.
- — In April 1999 the gross box office for the London production was over £115,363,000.00
- — CATS opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 7, 1982, and continued to live up to its motto of playing “Now and Forever” until September 2000
- — On 19 June 1997 the show became the longest running musical on Broadway.
- — Since its opening, Cats has been presented in over twenty countries and in about two hundred and fifty cities, including such diverse destinations as Buenos Aires, Seoul, Helsinki and Singapore. Within two and half years of the London opening there were productions in New York, Tokyo, Budapest and Vienna, and the first of tour US touring productions had hit the road.
- — Cats has been translated into ten languages: Japanese, German, (three versions for Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, French, Spanish (two versions for Mexico and Argentina) and Italian. The Swiss production required a bilingual cast who performed in German and English on alternate nights.
- — The title of the show has never been translated – the Mexican producers did a survey as to whether the Mexican audience would like their production to be called Gatos – the response in favour of keeping the English original was unanimous.