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 ...
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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Das weltweit beliebteste Musical von Andrew Lloyd Webber - Die Erinnerung wird immer bleiben! (The worldwide most liked musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber - The memory will last forever!) See more »


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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 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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Munkustrap: [speaking about Rumpus Cat] You never saw anything fiercer!
[Rumpus Cat's hair stands on end]
Munkustrap: ...Or hairier.
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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 The Replacements (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot
Performed by Ken Page, Michael Gruber and chorus
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13 February 2004 | by (Winner, South Dakota) – See all my reviews

This movie was amazing...purrrley amazing.

Jacob Brent as Mr. Mistoffelees blew me away. He is such a talented dancer. Jacob Brent along with some of the greatest dancers in the world make this movie one to watch over and over again. The combination of wonderful music and dancers, along with the most beautiful costumes imaginable make this movie of the Broadway production memorable. I highly recommend it. Now and Forever


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