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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000171.txt from 2000/09

From: Bill Hausmann <bhausmann1@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Cats
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 18:27:38 -0400

At 04:40 AM 9/5/2000 -0700, Neil Leupold wrote:
>--- Bill Hausmann <bhausmann1@-----.com> wrote:
>> It is a pleasant show, but why anyone would have cared to see it when
>> "Crazy for You" was on Broadway at the same time is a complete mysery
>> to me!
>
>I've not yet seen Crazy for You, but the dancing talent in Cats is so
>wonderful, I'll never have a disparaging word to say about it. The
>routine by "Mr. Mistofeles" literally brought down the house with
>cheers.
>
Since you have not seen "Crazy for You," you are in a very poor position to
judge the relative merits of the two shows. The dancing in "Cats" is fine,
but the lack of anything resembling a plot bothers me. The script of
"Crazy for You" is brilliant! And George and Ira Gershwin beat Andrew
Lloyd Weber and T.S. Elliott anyday. There is also plenty of action for
the clarinet/sax/flute players in the pit!

>> By comparison I find "Cats" to be a bore, notwithstanding many at-
>> tractively slinky dancers in skin-tight leotards.
>
>You're certainly entitled to your opinion. For my part, I thoroughly
>enjoyed the show. No production is without its faults, and Cats cer-
>tainly has its problems. 'Still a great experience and well worth the
>time and money, IMO.
>
Again, it is certainly OK, but FAR from my favorite. There are others in
my family who think more highly of it than I do, however (that's how I came
to see it TWICE).

>> The video of "Cats" is already available.
>
>Oh please. Video? As if this could in any way approximate the experience
>of seeing it live. There's no comparison. I'll certainly enjoy the video
>in a vicarious sense, reliving the pleasure of having first seen it live.
>
A poor substitute, I agree. There is something about live theater that can
bring tears to my eyes, something no video has ever done. But it can give
you a fix once in a while as you wait for the revival.

Bill Hausmann bhausmann1@-----.com
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Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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