CATS for Cats Offers Feline Aid

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The absurdity of the show was clear from the moment you walked into the lobby and saw a table selling stuffed cats for $50 a pop. This was CATS for Cats, a star-studded benefit concert to support the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats. The nonprofit dedicated to ending the proliferation of homeless kittens hosted their second annual show this past Saturday, capitalizing on high-profile feline lovers with deep pockets. Fred Willard as T.S. Eliot lead a host of celebrities including Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist), Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), and Todd Lowe (True Blood), who each performed a song from the Broadway musical CATS.

Most memorable was Naturi Naughton’s stellar performance of “Memory.” With a straightforward delivery in a simple black dress, Naughton imbued the tearjerker with vibrancy and emotional depth. Her talent and honesty contrasted sharply with the rest of the show. Goofy, under-rehearsed, and plagued by technical difficulties, CATS for Cats was a series of surprisingly amateurish performances from some of L.A.’s professionals. Still, we can’t keep a straight face when the word “cat” is used that many times in two hours.

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  1. storybird

    July 17, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Relax, it was for charity. And of course it was under-rehearsed – I doubt the celebs had that much free-time to take it as seriously as you did.

  2. Jen

    July 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I agree with you that it was pretty amateurish but I would add that the girl from One Tree Hill was pretty impressive as well.