"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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Aeva May ...
Demeter
Geoffrey Garratt ...
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Rumpleteazer
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Mungojerrie
Susie McKenna ...
Jennyanydots
Jacob Brent ...
Mistoffelees
Susan Jane Tanner ...
Jellylorum
Phyllida Crowley Smith ...
Victoria

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The character "Exotica" was written into the video version for Femi Taylor, because they already had a Tantomile but wanted Femi Taylor to be in it anyway. See more »

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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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Old Deuteronomy: My legs may be tottery. I must go slow and be careful of Old Deuteronomy.
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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 Phantom of the Opera (2004) See more »

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Mr. Mistoffelees
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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