Scene in Pittsburgh: CATS

Elizabeth Stanley (Grizabella)
& Ken T. Prymus (Old Deuteronomy)

Over the weekend, my bf, a friend, and I drove to Pittsburgh to see Elizabeth Stanley (whom I worked with on a revival of Hello Again a few years back) play Grizabella in CATS at the Pittsburgh CLO.  If a friend of yours is playing Grizabella a scant two hours away, how can you NOT see it? And, as I have posted before, I have a certain nostalgic fondness for CATS.

So I viewed the production in Pittsburgh through a series of filters. I saw it as a nostalgic (and clearly neurotic) 12 year old, as a more season (and perhaps cynical) reformed theater professional, and as the supportive friend of a cast member. I also saw it  through the eyes of my friends, who basically only know CATS as the show that surrounds “Memory”. Continue reading

A “Memory” of CATS

not the actual poster from my memories…OR IS IT?

CATS was the first show I ever saw on Broad-WAY. I was in 7th grade and saw it as part of a trip to NYC with my local choir (we were singing at Carnegie Hall, thank you very much). I don’t have many specific memories of the production, and the most special part of that evening had little to do with the musical itself.

As part of the production’s efforts to raise money for Broadway Cares (though I’m not sure it was called that in 1996), they sold the a show poster signed by the cast. But instead of selling them in the lobby after the show, as is fairly standard fundraising practice now, they sold them ON THE STAGE OF THE WINTERGARDEN THEATER DURING INTERMISSION. Continue reading