1. It’s been a long time since I haven’t been able to get a Thursday Things post together and had to push it back to Friday instead! Work has been UNBELIEVABLE this week. Our new suburban office is opening on Monday (“new” as in “new location.” We already had a suburban office – it’s just moving to a different building.), and while I have a very small role in that process compared to some people, my role was in full swing this week. We do business in all 50 states, and since part of my job is to make sure we’re legally allowed to do work in all 50 states, it became part of my job to tell all 50 states that we’re moving. Because it would be way too simple for every state to have the same process of updating your address, or for there to be one way to update your address on a national level so every state has the correct information, I had to hunt down the rules for each state and then update our address according to their rules. For a shocking number of states, that meant filling out a paper form, which was time consuming, to say the least. And that was just filling out the forms! Then I had to get signatures, which of course everyone has different rules for as well (“Wet signatures only!” “Must be signed by someone with a better job title than yours!”), and then coordinate returning the forms to every individual state, which–all together now!–everyone has different rules for. One state wants it emailed, one wants it faxed, one wants it mailed. It’s been over a year since I had any one task that so consumed my working days. I generally prefer to have a lot of little things going on rather than one big thing (mostly so I can at least get something all the way done in a day), but I have to say, having such a gigantic project to deal with definitely made my work days fly by this week!
2. Anyway, onto more interesting topics, like Broadway! This news is over a week old at this point, but last Thursday it was announced that Six is going to transfer to Broadway! SO exciting! I had heard rumblings that that was a possibility, that Chicago might’ve been an unofficial Broadway tryout, but I didn’t think that 1) it would actually happen or 2) that it would actually happen so soon. I hope the cast stays the same and they record an album! I found the London album on Apple Music and downloaded it, but I’d love to have an album of the cast I heard, too – especially if they become the original Broadway cast!
Also, looking forward to another Tony season where I show I saw premiere in Chicago gets walloped by a gigantic blockbuster 😦 I don’t know why they’re even bothering to have a Tony Awards next June. Moulin Rouge is obviously going to win every award its eligible for. I mean, for goodness’s sake, they had the cast of Moulin Rouge on the Tony’s this year, and the show hadn’t even OPENED yet. (This is part of why I wish Hadestown had waited to open until next year’s Tony season. The awards would’ve been a lot more interesting if it was Hadestown vs. Moulin Rouge in every category.) At least Six has a much better shot at Best Original Score!
3. Speaking of Broadway shows, I went to see Cats last week. I didn’t originally plan to go, but then the movie trailer came out and it was all, “From the director of Les Miserables,” as if that were a good thing, and suddenly going to see Cats became A Major Priority for me.
(I think the Les Miserables movie is trash, and I will not hear otherwise. YOU! CAN! NOT! REARRANGE! THE! SONGS! OF! A! THROUGH-SUNG! MUSICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just can’t!! The songs are in that order for a reason. They literally tell the entire story of the musical. If you rearrange them, you change the story. You can’t just CHANGE when “I Dreamed a Dream” falls in the story!! And don’t even get me STARTED on swapping the order of “On My Own” and “One Day More.” I can still feel the horror I felt in the movie theater when “On My Own” started and “One Day More” hadn’t happened yet, thinking that they DARED cut easily one of the most powerful songs in the entire production. There’s a reason that song concludes the first act!!!! Anyway, I hate the Les Miserables movie, and I do not trust Tom Hooper (the director) as far as I can throw him to do anything resembling justice to Cats if he’s in charge. Rather, I expect him to utterly destroy it, like he did to Les Misearbles. *dismounts soap box*)
Anyway, wanting very much to know how Cats actually goes, not how Tom Hooper (incorrectly) thinks it should go, I went to Cats last week. I had zero expectations and pretty limited knowledge of the show in advance. I had listened to the soundtrack a couple of times, I of course knew “Memory,” and I knew it was based on poems by T.S. Eliot. That was about it.
When I walked out of the theater after the show, I declared it to be, easily, one of my top three favorite musicals.
Guys. I was BLOWN. AWAY. I didn’t expect to like Cats, and instead I ended up loving it. ADORING it. It was amazing! The staging! THE LIGHTING (omg, the lighting. Mister Mistoffelees and his Amazing Techincolor Dreamcoat?!?!?! (#andrewlloydwebberjokes). I DIED.)! But most of all, THE DANCING. OH. EM. GEE. I had no idea that Cats was such a dance-y musical, and I was just delighted beyond words to discover that it is! It was like going to a two-and-a-half hour dance performance, but better, because there was singing. It put Newsies to shame in the dance department, which is really saying something, because I was not aware there were any musicals more dance-y than Newsies. But there is one! It’s Cats!
I so thoroughly loved the show that it’s almost certainly for the best I didn’t see it until a few days before they closed, because otherwise I would’ve gone more than once, which my wallet did not need. But !!!!! It was so good. I was so impressed. I’m so concerned the movie is going to be a gigantic letdown *nervous emoji*