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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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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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Release Date:

27 October 1998 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cast, dancers and singers were drawn together from the various stage productions of the musical. Examples of this include Elaine Page originated the role of 'Grizabella' in London; 'Ken Page', who originated 'Old Deuteronomy' on Broadway; Sir John Mills as 'Gus The Theatre Cat', Michael Gruber as 'Munkustrap'; John Partridge as 'The Rum Tum Tugger'; Jo Gibb as 'Rumpleteazer'; 'Susan Jane Tanner' as 'Jellylorum' etc. See more »


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 »


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 »


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.


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