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Cats The Musical at Adelaide Festival Theatre - Review

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Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises and Base Entertainment Asia accompanied with The Really Useful Group and Adelaide Festival Centre presents 'Cats the Musical' at the Adelaide Festival Theatre from March 18th until April 10th 2016. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber, it is one of the longest running shows of all time having performed in over 300 cities around the world.

The show begins with 'The Naming of the Cats'. We get an insight into a cat's personality by finding out that all cats have three names; the name of the family, a more dignified name and a secret name. Starring Delia Hannah as Grizabella the Glamour Cat, it's the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they attend The Jellicle Ball. The Jellicle leader makes the Jellicle choice and decides which cat will be reborn and come back in a new life.

As the story progress with each song, we meet a new character at the Jellicle Ball and learn to be wary of Macavity, the Mystery Cat. We meet the Old Grumble Cat, Rum Tum Tugger and Bustopher Jones, followed with Grizabella's story. Jellicle Cats are small in size and black and white and Grizabella just doesn't quite fit in with the Jellicles as much as she tries.

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Standout moments include the duo of Mungojerrie (Brent Osborne) and Rumpleteazer (Dominque Hamilton), this dancing, singing and flipping duo were one to watch and sold the audience's attention with their song 'Munjojerrie and Rumpleteaser'.

Mr Mistoffelees (Christopher Favaloro) magic act featuring dance, singing and smoke was incredible and had the audience cheering for more. Asparagus better known as Gus, the Theatre Cat reminisced with the audience through songs about his past, giving us a funny insight into the younger days of a nice old cat.

Delia Hannah was incredible as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat and when she took to the stage with 'Memory' you could have heard a pin drop under her voice. The audience was memorised by the dedication she out behind that performance; you could feel the emotion felt by the outsider of the group. This is hands down one of the best solo performances in a musical ever seen in Adelaide, Thank you Hannah for gracing us with your amazing voice, that song was meant for you1

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Standout performers include Jade Hui-Wen Coutts who played Victoria, the White Cat, who stood out on stage with grace and elegance during her performances as she danced the first solo dance of the show with 'The Invitation to The Jellicle Ball'. Jellylorum, played by Samantha Morley, deserves a special mention as she dances with incredible passion and skills beyond her age.

This musical had it all with incredible costumes and spectacular set design that went right from the front of the stage, down the sides of the audience, and across the grandstand seating. There was dancing from tap, jazz, lyrical and acrobatic and amazing singers who loved what they do. Not only were the crowd quoting and singing along with the longest running musical of all time, but they gave Cats The Musical in Adelaide on opening night a standing ovation. Andrew Lloyd Webber has out done himself with this incredible representation; 5/5 Stars, Its purr-fect entertainment.

Don't miss your chance to see this amazing show at Adelaide Festival Theatre from March 22nd until April 10th.

Dates & Times
March 22nd, 29th, April 5th at 7:00pm at Adelaide Festival Theatre
March 23rd, April 3rd, 10th at 1:00pm at Adelaide Festival Theatre
March 23rd, 24th, 26th, 30th, 31st, April 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th at 8:00pm at Adelaide Festival Theatre
March 26th, April 2nd, 9th at 2:00pm at Adelaide Festival Theatre
March 27th, April 3rd, 10th at 6:00pm at Adelaide Festival Theatre

Cost
Premium Adult $109.90
A Reserve Adult $89.90
B Reserve Adult $79.90
C Reserve Adult $69.90
A Reserve Group 12 (per ticket) $79.90
A Reserve 4 ticket offer from $79.90

Tickets are on sale on: Adelaide Festival Theatre

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Why? Cats the Musical Live
When: March 18th - April 10th
Where: Adelaide Festival Theatre
Cost: $69.90 - $109.90
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