If Delta Goodrem ever had to work hard for the money, then her performance in ‘Cats’ is it.
Maybe you have to be a cat person to get ‘Cats’. I’m not. To me the story is a dog. However, with Delta to the rescue, this latest Australian production of ‘Cats’ does have one great moment.
I have no idea what Andrew Lloyd Webber was thinking when he decided to make this show. The story is roughly about a group of cats (the Jellicles) that decide which cat will go to heaven and come back in a new life. That’s right, it sounds like Andy L. Webber had a big night out at the pub and after a dozen beers thought “I’ll do Jesus Christ Superstar again … but with cats”.
Despite Cats being Webber’s worst musical, it does contain one of his best songs ‘Memory’. This was where Delta was truly amazing.
Goodrem plays Grizabella, the Jesus Christ Supercat who is chosen for the heavenly journey. The role of Grizabella is minor but the song is major and recurs throughout the show. For the final performance in the show, Delta sings like her nine lives depend on it. In a biblical sense, it truly is the saviour of the show. When Delta performs ‘Memory’ she rescues this Webber stray.
Cats will be performed in Melbourne until January 24, 2016.
Until Jan 24, Melbourne, Regent Theatre
Jan 29-Feb 14, Brisbane, Lyric Theatre
Mar 18-Apr 10, Adelaide, Festival Theatre
Apr 16-May 8, Perth, Crown Theatre
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