Tracy Lee Curtis

Panthers and ‘Cats’ dance it out!

dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Well I have to say, it’s a good week to be a cat lover. The Panthers are going to the Super Bowl and “Cats” is returning to Broadway.

Quarterback Cam Newton completed 19 of 28 passes for 335 yards, threw two touchdowns and ran for two more in the win over the Cardinals for the NFC Championship title.

And Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical “Cats” returns after leaving the stage in 2000, after almost 18 years. It’s the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history and it won seven Tony awards, including best new musical.

Pretty purrfect.

Well … not everybody feels warm and fuzzy about our friendly feline friends. Especially if they’re dancing. Seems when a cool cat starts to prance, people want to pounce.

Cam Newton’s celebratory dab dancing has been criticized by everybody from former Chicago Bears star Dick Butkus, to a Tennessee Titans mother. She scratched a letter citing, “The chest puffs. The pelvic thrusts. The arrogant struts and the ‘in your face’ taunting of both the Titans’ players and fans.”

And Joe Queenan of The Wall Street Journal also put his paw print on the matter, in a screeching column about the return of “Cats” that really gets the fur flying:

“For some of us, this is like hearing that smallpox is making a comeback,” he hisses. “Many who see it will wish to come back in their next life on a planet that has no musicals.”

So, Joe, what you’re saying is ….

“Am I saying that ‘Cats’ is the single cheesiest thing mankind has ever produced? I am. Nothing is as dumb, as annoying, as interminable as ‘Cats.’ ”

Guess the cat really does have his tongue.

But I think the Observer’s Scott Fowler says it best in his column, “13 reasons Cam Newton’s dance should be celebrated not criticized.” It’s dancing! It’s a joyous act and life doesn’t have enough joy in it.

Thank you, Scott. And let’s remember, they’re cats — they don’t care! They don’t embarrass and they don’t accept blame. So if you don’t want to see Cam dabbing on the field, then don’t watch the game. And if you don’t want to see cats dancing on the stage, then don’t buy a ticket. It’s like Scott says, it’s dancing, enjoy it. And so I ask Scott what he thinks about “Cats” coming back ...

“As unnecessary and cringe-inducing as Charlotte politicians attempting to dab.”

Sourpuss.

Well, whatever. I think I speak for Scott and all the cat lovers, of Charlotte anyway, when I say Go Panthers – #SB50– and Keep Pounding.

And Cam Newton is the cat’s MEOW!

Curtis: tracy@tracyleecurtis.com

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