ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and José Carreras have covered the famous ballad “Memory.” So has Jason Castro on “American Idol.”
But none can probably say they’ve sung the song as the character Grizabella in “Cats.”
Kathryn Holtkamp can make that claim. And based on her deeply evocative performance of the musical Friday night at Popejoy Hall, Holtkamp can say that with conviction.
|If you go
WHEN: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today
WHERE: Popejoy Hall, Center for the Arts, UNM campus
HOW MUCH: $40, $50 and $65 by visiting www.unmtickets.com, at area Albertsons supermarkets or at the door
The national touring company will give two more performances of “Cats” at Popejoy – this afternoon and this evening.
Holtkamp, born and raised in Los Alamos, introduced Grizabella with a brief version of “Memory” near the end of Act I. She returned near the conclusion of Act II with a full rendition that enraptured the audience.
Grizabella, bent and tattered, has left her life as a onetime glamour girl to rejoin the Jellicle tribe of felines, but they treat her as an outcast. She merely wants acceptance.