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"Jellicle" cats join for a Jellicle ball where they rejoice with their leader, Old Deuteronomy. One cat will be chosen to go to the "Heavyside Layer" and be reborn. The cats introduce themselves.

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Elaine Paige ...
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Gus the Theatrical Cat
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Rosemarie Ford ...
Bombalurina
Michael Gruber ...
John Partridge ...
Aeva May ...
Geoffrey Garratt ...
Skimbleshanks
James Barron ...
Jo Gibb ...
Rumpleteazer
Drew Varley ...
Mungojerrie
Susie McKenna ...
Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat
Jacob Brent ...
Susan Jane Tanner ...
Jellylorum
Phyllida Crowley Smith ...
Victoria
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Cats is a pop-cultural phenomenon that has been performed on stage for more than 50 million patrons in 26 countries for almost 18 years, resulting in more than two billion dollars in ticket sales. Now that Cats has finally made it to the small screen, attention must be paid not just by fans of this critic-proof show, but also by those entertainment mavens who have somehow avoided it until now. Written by Anonymous

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The World's Best-loved Musical - The Memory will Live Forever See more »


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27 October 1998 (USA)  »

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The 1998 Universal Studios musical film "Sunset Boulevard" was filmed on the stage of London's Adelphi Theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber, director David Mallet, associate director-staged by-choreographer Gillian Lynne and John Napier returned to the original concept for the musical property, staging the film on a legitimate theatre stage. They wanted to keep the atmosphere and feeling that audiences watching the film could still get the sense of seeing the musical live, by having all views be facing the stage, therefore, getting multiple views of the set, with close-ups. The cast, dancers and singers were drawn together from the various stage productions of the musical. Elaine Page originated the role of 'Grizabella' in London; Ken Page, who originated 'Old Deuteronomy' on Broadway; Sir John Millsas as 'Gus'; Michael Gruber as 'Munkustrap'; John Partridge as 'The Rum Tum Tugger'; Jo Gibb as 'Rumpleteazer'. The score was performed by a 70 piece orchestra. The lavish film was released to movie theaters by Universal Studios: released on VHS and DVD, as well as broadcast on Public Television world-wide. See more »

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During the beginning of "The Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles," Victoria and Jemima can be seen sitting next to Old Deuteronomy watching along. In one scene, it shows them start to get up and leave, and they are gone in the next scene. The scene afterward, they are shown sitting there again, and gone again in the next. See more »

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Demeter: I might mention Mungojerrie.
Bombalurina: I might mention Griddlebone.
DemeterBombalurina: Are nothing more but agents for the cat who all the time just controls the operation, the Napoleon of Crime!
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Credits show clips of each person in their characters costume from the video along with their name and character role. See more »

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Referenced in BoJack Horseman: BoJack Hates the Troops (2014) See more »

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Journey to the Heaviside Layer
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by chorus
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Love it, love it, love it!
19 April 2004 | by (Moline, Illinois) – See all my reviews

When I found out that my all-time favorite musical was coming to video, I flipped. I could not believe it. And when they closed, I was thrilled to have my own copy to relive the memory whenever I wanted. The video version is great. It shows the beautiful costumes and makeup and all the dancing! I always wondered how they did it. Tons of shots of my favorite cat, Munkustrap, along with the Rum Tum Tugger and Mistoffolees.

The only complaint I have is that they cut 'Growltiger's Last Stand' from the video. This is one of the funniest numbers, and it is missing. On the other hand, they do have 'The Aweful Battle of the Pekes and Pollices,' which is missing off the original cast recording. Unfortunately, there is not a complete American version of this show.

For anyone who loves the musical, get a copy. Who knows if this beloved show will return to the stage? At least the magic will live forever.


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