Great to learn about Cher’s real-life story. The ensemble OWNED the stage whenever they came out, even though there’s dancing only in select scenes. The final number based on the song, Believe, was one big dance party.
Surprise of the night: I’ve heard so much of the name Cher and know of the song Believe. However, I didn’t recognize any of the remaining songs, TV programs, movies, or Hollywood figures mentioned in the musical. Perhaps it’s a generation gap?
Overall, the script is a long series of rapid-fire mini scenes. Many of the songs were cut off in less a minute, which makes it (1) hard to appreciate the music especially when almost all the songs were foreign to me and (2) hard to develop an emotional response to the narrative when the plot moved so fast.
I think the audience enjoyed the show. Many were singing along, and cheering when specific personalities came into the story.
Put differently: I absolutely love Beautiful, a similar style of musical based on the real-life story of Carole King. I love the story and I love the music. A few friends who have never been exposed to Carole King’s work, however, mentioned to me that they felt lost watching Beautiful. Perhaps I now understand how they felt?
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. June 24th and July 1st at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Bravos to the cast for putting on this powerful and emotionally-charged play over two weekends… telling the complex and often shrouded stories about AIDS in the 1980s… and the public and private ways people tried to make sense of the unknown, the unforgiving, the “shame”, one’s impending suffering and death, or that of their loves ones.
At the Jellicle Ball with the Jellicle Cats: Memory, happiness, and lots of fabulous dancing.
I’m quite certain I’ll be hearing “memory” in my head for the rest of week. Grizabella (Mamie Parris) sends shivers down my spine with her gorgeous voice.
Asparagus (Christopher Gurr) gives an amazing performance from his initially stuttering as an aged theatre cat, to reliving his former glory as East Lynne, Firefrorefiddle, and Growltiger. Wow!
Loooooove Jellylorum (Sarah Jane Shanks) for her heartfelt introduction of Asparagus. Her every gesture, every facial expression, every glance is filled with care and admiration for Gus. Sitting in the audience, we learn to respect Gus because of Jellylorum, before Gus even utters his first word. I can’t think of a better way to open the scene. Bravo!!!
Kudos to Sillabub (Jessica Cohen) for her moments of happiness, for her beautiful movements, and for her lovely voice in memory. You are my favorite cat of the night! ❤️❤️❤️
I also love the chemistry between Mungojerrie (Zachary Daniel Jones) and Rumpelteazer (Haley Fish). If I ever get robbed by a cat, I hope I am robbed by you. At least I’ll be well entertained.
Best dancers go to Mister Mistoffelees (Corey John Snide) and Victoria (Claire Rathbun), though every cat is dazzling tonight. This is such a musical for dancers. Great job, everyone! 😍