"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 Theatre Cat
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Rosemarie Ford ...
Bombalurina
Michael Gruber ...
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Aeva May ...
Geoffrey Garratt ...
Skimbleshanks (as Geoffrey Garrat)
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Rumpleteazer
Drew Varley ...
Mungojerrie
Susie McKenna ...
Jennyanydots
Jacob Brent ...
Mistoffelees
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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Ken Page has two roles. One as Old Deuteronomy and the other as one of the Jellicle Cats in the opening number. See more »

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During the last part of "The Gumbie Cat", we see Munkustrap, Jellylorum, Demeter, and Bombalurina helping Jennyanydots take off the Gumbie costume in the front right part of the stage. We see her in her flapper outfit, then there's a shot of the beetles, and in the next shot, Jennyanydots is in the center back of the stage, walking forward, and the others have disappeared. See more »

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All: If it happens the sun is shining bright...
Rum Tum Tugger: ...you'd say we had nothing to do at all!
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In the credits, when it lists additional song voices, Jemima is spelled as Jemmima. See more »

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Spoofed in Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001) See more »

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Old Deuteronomy
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot
Performed by Michael Gruber, John Partridge, Ken Page and chorus
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The best musical Now and Forever!
22 October 2001 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

Fantastic! The best musical and the best show of all times makes a magnificent film. It has advantage of showing everything in details and details are grand. Scenery, costumes and make-up are perfect. Music is superb (especially Jellicle Ball and Macavity). The best thing about the movie is certainly the cast. Actors not only sing and dance splendidly but also imitate feline movements and manners amazingly well. And how do they act! I absolutely adore Michael Gruber as manly and handsome Munkustrap. Elaine Paige as Grizabella would leave nobody indifferent. Veerle Casteleyn with her wonderful eyes is the most touching Jemima, John Partridge is irresistibly attractive and funny Rum Tum Tagger, Phyllida Crawley-Smith is very graceful Victoria, Jacob Brent is charming Mistoffelees, Aeva May and Rosmary Ford make a beautiful pair of adult cats: reserved Demeter and sensuous Bombalurina. Sir John Mills is a little unexpected guest star, but he is perfect Gus the Theatre Cat ("the star of the highest degree"). Eliote's text is witty, and there are a lot of amusing scenes in the show. My favourite ones are The Gumbie Cat, Mangojerry and Rumpleteaser, Pekes and the Pollicles, Scimbleshanks the Railway Cat. Watching this film is an endless joy for my family and me.


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