Theatre Review: Cats

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Jade Hui-Wen Coutts as Victoria, the White Cat.

It’s been three days since I saw Cats at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre and I am still in awe of this purr-fect production *perfect pun opportunity, sorry*.

Starring the multitalented Delta Goodrem as Grizabella, the Australian production truly is breathtaking. From the costuming to the set to the singing and the impeccable dancing, this is a musical you simply cannot miss.

For those unfamiliar with the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, the Australian tour is based on last year’s West End revival with minor updates that preserve its familiar charm, while taking the show into the 21st century. With an emphasis on dance and movement, the musical is built upon a sense of discipline, accuracy and feline-flair. The ensemble cast is simply incredible as they work together effortlessly, almost making you believe that they are, in fact, cats. We were seated in the second row, which was terrific, given we could easily see the cast’s subtle movements and expressions develop throughout the show.

While each dancer was flawless in executing their roles, the standout dancer for me was Jade Hui-Wen Coutts who plays the White Cat, Victoria. Her character’s innocence and nuanced mannerisms were translated brilliantly through her unbelievably incredible ballet skills and remarkable characterisation.

Similarly, Delta Goodrem well and truly shone. The show’s hit song Memory is a significant motif in the production and is performed by Goodrem with passion, desire and perfection. There is no denying that you  will get goosebumps and a tear in your eye during her impeccable performance. Delta Goodrem is the epitome of flawlessness.

Following the show, I was also given the incredible opportunity of meeting Delta Goodrem. Since the age of 10, I have loved and admired Goodrem’s strength, compassion and immense talent, so it really was a treat getting to finally meet her. She is the most beautiful, kind, loving human and a woman I aspire to be like.

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The whole day was beyond compare. In all honesty, I would be more than willing to see this sensational production again and again. While some prefer dogs, cats truly are a force to be reckoned with. Don’t believe me? Well, see for yourself!

For more information on Cats: The Musical press here

Capitol Theatre, Sydney NSW
30 October – 29 November 2015

Derwent Theatre, Hobart TAS
10 December – 13 December 2015

Regent Theatre, Melbourne VIC
18 December – 17 January 2016

Lyric Theatre, Brisbane QLD
29 January – 14 February 2016

Festival Theatre, Adelaide SA
18 March 2016 – 10 April 2016

Crown Theatre, Perth WA
16 April – 8 May 2016

 

 

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