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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.








Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elaine Paige ...
Gus the Theatrical Cat
Rosemarie Ford ...
Michael Gruber ...
John Partridge ...
Aeva May ...
Geoffrey Garratt ...
James Barron ...
Jo Gibb ...
Drew Varley ...
Susie McKenna ...
Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat
Jacob Brent ...
Susan Jane Tanner ...
Phyllida Crowley Smith ...


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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27 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the spring of 1980, Peter Shaw and his film-stage actress wife Angela Lansbury Shaw met one memorable day with Andrew Lloyd Webber in his London town house. Andrew Lloyd Webber, playing his piano to pitch, trying to entice Angela into starring as 'Norma Desmond' in his future musical-play adaptation of Billy Wilder's 1950 Paramount film starring Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard". Andrew auditioned 'Norma Desmond's' musical numbers during the session, performing one of 'Norma Desmond's' solo songs "Memory", that 'Norma Desmond' would perform ascending her Sunset Boulevard mansion's foyer staircase. Andy L. Webber needed a finalé song for Elaine Paige, as 'Grizabella', to climb the staircase lowering from the overhead stage flies to the hedge Junk heap, for 'Grizabella's' ascension to feline heaven. The memorable song "Memory" was pulled from Webber's stage musical adaptation "Sunset Boulevard" original score; Webber recycled the song "Memory" in order to complete his "CATS" score. Andrew Loyd. Webber had time to compose a new replacement song for Norma's "Sunset Boulevard" staircase number; opening in London on 12 July 1993 (1,529 performances). See more »


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 »


Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat: Bustopher Jones is not skin and bones.
Bombalurina: In fact, he's remarkably fat.
Jellylorum: He doesn't haunt pubs.
Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat: He has eight or nine clubs...
Jennyanydots the Gumbie CatBombalurinaJellylorum: For he's the St. James' Street cat.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits, when it lists additional song voices, Jemima is spelled as Jemmima. See more »


Referenced in The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »


The Naming of Cats
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot
Performed by Jacob Brent, Michael Gruber and chorus
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Live is better
2 January 1999 | by (Lester Prairie, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

The performance of Cats for the video is outstanding, but if you want the full effect, I suggest seeing the show live. The cast may be different, and that will change things from the video, but you'll love it!!

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