Great Performances: Season 27, Episode 3

Cats (27 Oct. 1998)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Bustopher Jones
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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Trivia

Veerle Casteleyn was dubbed for her part as Jemima by Helen Massey because of her Flemish accent. Geoffrey Garratt was dubbed by David Arneil because they wanted Skimbleshanks the railway cat to have a Scottish accent. See more »

Goofs

During 'Old Deuteronomy', Mungojerrie can been see in the background lying in front of Rumpleteazer with his head on her lap. The film then cuts to a close up, in which Mungojerrie is now lying *behind* Rumpleteazer, propped up on one elbow. When the film goes back to a long shot, Mungojerrie is back to his original position. In some shots, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer disappear entirely. 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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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in I Love the 80's 3-D: 1982 (2005) See more »

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The Rum Tum Tugger
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot
Performed by John Partridge and 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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