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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
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Jo Gibb ...
Rumpleteazer
Drew Varley ...
Mungojerrie
Susie McKenna ...
Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat
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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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The words "Jellicle cat" came from when T.S. Eliot's niece tried to say "dear little cat" and the words "Pollicle dog" came from when she tried to say "poor little dog." See more »

Goofs

The poem/song "The Naming of Cats" states that a cat's "second name," such as those used by the characters in this show, is unique and not shared by any other cat. However, the song introducing Old Gus the Theatre Cat says that his full name is Asparagus, which is also the name of another cat in the show. This is because John Mills, who played Gus, was unable to do the rest of the singing and dancing the role required, so the character was split into two identically-named characters. See more »

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Bustopher Jones: When I'm seen in a hurry, there's probably curry at the Siamese or at the Glutton.
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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 Birthday Girl (2001) See more »

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Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot
Performed by Ken Page, Geoffrey Garratt and chorus
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Cats are finally on video!
12 September 1999 | by (Washington State) – See all my reviews

Since I first saw the musical, "Cats", in 1987, I have always wanted to see it on video. I was thrilled when it finally arrived. I immediately bought it.

The video performance was terrific: better than I expected. Instead of seeing it from the viewpoint of being in the audience, cameras were actually on stage, moving throughout the performers! The sound is terrific, and it played on my audio system wonderfully.

Of course, there is a flaw in the video. To me, it is actually a glaring flaw: a major segment of the musical, my favorite sequence in fact, is missing. Maybe it was cut for time, but I was very disappointed. "Growltugger's Last Stand" is one of the more elaborately staged portions of "Cats". For it to be removed from this performance will certainly upset many of the true fans of "Cats".

I was prepared to score a 10 out of 10 for this show, but with the editing, I can only score it a 7. Andrew Lloyd Webber himself produced this video. He should have left that portion in.

George


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