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Mog the Forgetful Cat is just about as charming, engaging, and cleverly directed as a musical for children can be. Adapted from a book by Judith Kerr by the Wardrobe Ensemble, Mog tells the story of a family and their cat. The befuddled kitty seeks out stability—her tree, her toilet behind her tree—in a changing environment. Who can’t relate! (Though my toilet isn’t behind my tree. Anymore.)
See snippets of the musical in the Playbill-exclusive video above.
The cast of committed actors sell the show well, with the actor playing Mog (Georgina Goodchild) especially nailing the physicality of a cat (with impressively realistic “meow”s too). Every bit of the production seems carefully and lovingly made. The nooks and crannies at the top of the set become hidey-holes for Mog near the end of the show.
In one number at the "V-E-T"’s office, the pet-owners sit in profile and sing about their pets. Then, they turn to let us see the other side of their costumes, becoming the parakeets, puppies, and hamsters they were singing about. It's a delightful transition.
Though the piano-based score gets the job done, it will be uplifted by a more developed orchestration later on. Overall, Mog feels like a children’s classic in the making.
Mog the Forgetful Cat runs at Underbelly Bristo Square, at McEwan Hall, until