I admit it, I’m a big fan of “Cats” and have been since high school, since I had seen the 1998 video production. And I’ve met more people that disliked this particular musical than actually liked it or was/is in the fandom. Since Broadway announce a revival in the works, here are my top 5 favorite productions.
5. Cats (1998 Video)
My introduction into “Cats” BUT, I wish it could have been done with a slightly altered cast, and edited, much, much better; especially the bar has been raised by other musicals made a similar jump to the film screen.
4. Original London Production
The first. The original. When the soundtrack hadn’t been fully set in stone. One of those I wish there was more, non-grainy, video of it somewhere.
3. 2004 Polish Production
An excellent eccentric hybrid reproduction/non-reproduction version. What’s not to love? (I LOVE Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer’s bellbottoms!)
2. 2007 Finnish Production
THE definitive Non-reproduction version. I wish there was more to see of it than a short trailer and a handful of photos. The characters are so different from other versions, that besides a handful, it is hard to figure out who is what character.
1. 1999 Australian Tent Tour
Cats on tour? Check. Cats in a Big Top Tent? Double Check. Cats doing acrobatic type stuff while singing? Triple check. I love big top tents. I wish more musicals were in a big top!
Original Australian Production (1985) For having BOTH “The Battle of the Pekes and Pollicles” AND “Growltiger’s Last Stand” in the production, when others only used one or the other