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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
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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The original Broadway production of 'Cats' opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater on October 7, 1982 and ran for 7485 performances making it the second longest running show on Broadway (December 2008). "Cats" won the 1983 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Best Book (for a musical) and Best Score. 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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Featured in The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Richard Stilgoe and Trevor Nunn
Performed by Michael Gruber, Rosemarie Ford, John Partridge,
Jacob Brent, Veerle Casteleyn, Ken Page and chorus
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Perhaps the most entertaining of all stage musicals, now in its filmed version.
13 January 2004 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I have long enjoyed the musical 'Cats', both in several attendances at live productions and simply listening to the music on CD. 'Cats', the movie, was created in 1997, a full 16 years after its debut on stage. This isn't simply the taping of a stage performance. For the movie they assembled the best cast they could from among 'Cats' stage veterans. The set was designed especially for the movie, the makeup was toned down to look better in the closer perspective of the movie, especially the close-ups, a full orchestra was used, songs were recorded in a studio, and conventional movie techniques were used for the filming -- multiple angles, close-ups, cameras moving on tracks, etc. What we get is a movie that is does not have the realism of a stage production, and it is fairly obvious most times that singers are lip-syncing their own recordings, but a movie nonetheless that is a superb supplement to the live performances. The DVD has a very nice 'making-of' special, we see Andrew Lloyd Weber personally supervising the musical numbers, we see some of the makeup artistry at work, and a few before/after shots of actors and their characters.

Overall a fine DVD of a superb movie of perhaps the most entertaining stage musical of all.


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