The seven times Tony Award winning musical Cats is now playing at the popular Indianapolis venue Beef & Boards. This fun production runs through March 30, 2014. This is not the first time that Cats has been on stage here. The first time Cats hit the Beef and Boards stage was in 2004.
The director of the current production of the romping felines is Buddy Reeder who starred in the first Beef and Boards production of Cats in 2004. Reeder worked with another director, Marc Robin, on other productions of Cats and has done a great job with this, a solo direction of the musical.
The setting is a back alley in France. A wide variety of cats have gathered for a yearly event known to the felines as the Jellicle Ball. There are 22 different members in the cast. The variety of costumes and makeup is just remarkable. You won’t believe how the cast takes on the movements of real cats as they strut about, and crawl about the stage. In addition, you will see the cats all over the theater.
The talent in the cast is extraordinary. Each of the cats has its own characteristics and personality and the actors successfully exhibit those personalities.
Among the cast members are Kenny Shephard who is the narrating cat Munkustrap. JS McLaughlin plays Old Deuteronomy, the patriarch of the gathering. The famous song “Memory” is presented by Eileen Faxas as she fills the role of Grizabella.
Terry Woods is the musical director, Michael Layton designed the intricate set, and Jill Kelly is costume designer. Special recognition should also go to Tia Mapes for the fabulous feline wigs.
If you want to have a fun evening and a great meal, check out the Beef and Boards website for ticket information and discount opportunities. You can also call the box office at (317) 872-9664. We enjoyed the show and are certain you will too.