Mr. Mistoffelees with Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer
October 3, 2012
I love the musical 'Cats'! LOOOOOOOOVE IT. I've been so incredibly fortunate to have seen it in Chicago (best dancing), Los Angeles (best singing) and London (best overall production, plus it was the first time I saw it.) I could happily go see it every other month or so, if I had the time, money, and opportunity.
I asked Andrew about his thoughts on 'Cats' because I knew it would be entertaining:
"It looks stupid and the music's awful. It's people in crummy cat makeup singing crummy songs.
Especially that crappy 'Memories' song piece of *bleep*. (that means something naughty.)
I guess it's good that T.S Eliot died before he had to see that thing.
But I've never seen it (!!!!!!!) so I don't really know, but it looks terrible."
Andrew is a musician, in addition to being a video game developer, therefore that means that he is a MUSICAL SNOB. And also, he doesn't know what he's talking about. You should hear his thoughts on 'Phantom of the Opera'. I guess he and Andrew Lloyd Webber won't be hangin' anytime soon.
Well now, back to 'Mr. Mistoffelees with Mugojerrie and Rumpelteazer', which I scooped up in a used bookstore. First. Amazing art. You see this, yes?? Second, this poem (originally from the poetry collection 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats', by the aforementioned T.S Eliot) is not what you'd first think of as a go-to Halloween book maybe? For small kids? Ok, so I got this last year when Julia was 5 and SHE FLIPPING LOVED IT, even though half of the vocab was too advanced for her and we had to explain every other word. She made us read it to her OVER AND OVER AND OVER. And a few more times after that.
There is something so fun about the rhyme structure and believe me when I say emphatically, she was ALL ABOUT THIS BOOK. When you start saying the words Mr. Mistoffelees and Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer out loud, well, I for one wanted to also start singing the song. Anyone remember the Mr. Mistoffelees song from the show?? IT'S SO AWESOME! The guy in Chicago who was dancing the part of Mr. Mistoffelees, omg he did about 45 pirouettes in a row super fast, it was amazing.
I just know Julia's going to looooooooove 'Cats' someday! Despite what her daddy says.