Zionsville Times Sentinel

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February 12, 2014

Calling all Jellicle cats

Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" just opened at Beef & Boards. With a cast of 22, it fills the theater with feline goodness.

Director, choreographer and native Hoosier Buddy Reeder really outdid himself on this production. He managed to assemble a crazy talented group of performers and update this seven-time Tony Award winner into something that is completely true to the original but still fresh. I won't give it away, but there were some very Cirque du Soleil feeling moments that surprised and delighted the audience.

If you are new to "Cats," be sure to read T.S. Eliot's poem entitled "The Song of the Jellicles" before you attend. Just type it into your search engine and take a few minutes. I promise you won't be sorry. The story is, in a nutshell, about a group of cats who gather at the Jellicle Ball (a cat party) in hopes of being the one chosen to ascend to the Heavyside Layer (cat afterlife).

The music is fun and well performed with the help of Beef & Boards' amazing tiny orchestra and strong vocals from the entire cast. It doesn't seem fair that people with so much talent for dancing should also be endowed with such great voices.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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