Her Majesty Ms. Kitty loves the Broadway show “Cats!” She has the video, DVD, scrapbooks, pictures and has written 5 books featuring the characters. She made her own costume one year, by hand, for the Halloween season and was Victoria, her favorite character. She also quizzes me periodically to see if I can identify any of them (I’ve gotten better over the years!). I figured since she was so enamored of the show, why didn’t I just take her to see a live production of it?
It just happened to be playing at Proctor’s Theatre in
but I’m not going to bore you with the details of the nightmare that was
actually getting to Proctor’s.
Why do you not have an exit off of the Northway? Schenectady
Just because we have the DVD and video of Cats doesn’t mean I had actually seen it. Whenever Kitty would put it on I would immediately tune out or get distracted by a shiny object. So I was kind of looking forward to seeing it live.
What a spectacle it was! The characters were coming down the aisles, climbing in the rafters and otherwise behaving just like felines. Then all of those people were on stage dressed as cats, singing and dancing: what’s not to love? And I actually recognized one of the characters (finally): Grizabella. I could kind of empathize with her: she used to be a Glamour cat, I used to be glamorous; she was a little shaggy and worn around the edges, I’m a little…less stellar than I used to be. Plus, the other cats shunned her at the Jellicle Ball because she was grizzled. Who hasn’t been on the outside looking in on occasion?
And then, miracle of miracles, at the end as Grizabella was singing “Memory”: what’s that? Is that
befriending her? Holding her paw and
giving her a hug? It is! Now all of the others are accepting her too! Hooray!
And look: Old Deuteronomy is escorting her through a receiving line made
up of the other cats! I think they’re
going to get married! And if an old
Glamour Cat can get married, there’s hope for me! I am Grizabella! Victoria
Look how happy Grizabella is as she and Old Deuteronomy, arm in arm, step up onto the old tire that is now lifting them up. They’re waving! Weddings are wonderful, aren’t they? From the sky comes a lighted platform. Old Deuteronomy helps Grizabella onto this platform, and now it lifts her up and away as OD and the others wave at her. She didn’t get married: she dies!
No! Say it ain’t so! Why didn’t anyone warn me? I feel tears fill my eyes and Kitty says, “What’s the matter with you?” “Grizabella died!” “Of course she died. You saw that at home.” “No I never watched it!” “Mom!” So of course I kind of embarrassed Her Majesty by actually crying. Poor Grizabella: did she know she was going to the big litter box in the sky?
So of course I immediately changed my mind: I ain’t Grizabella! I’ve got too much left to do before anyone puts me on a lighted platform to the sky! This Glamour cat has plans to make the most of the lives she has left. So stay tuned!