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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Trivia

The license plate on the car at the back of the stage reads "TSE 1," for T.S. Eliot. 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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Rum Tum Tugger: Old Deuteronomy's buried nine wives, and more I am tempted to say... 99.
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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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Journey to the Heaviside Layer
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by chorus
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Absolutely Fantastic
21 February 2004 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

After watching the video production of 'Cats' I can confidently say that this is the best musical EVER. If you love the book and other various productions then you just have to see this. With a beautiful mixture of super dancing and acting talent and a brilliant soundtrack this is a wonderful video for everyone to enjoy.

The songs are absolutely brilliant, all of them. From start to finish. Even if you only see this once you will be singing the songs for a lifetime to come. 'Macavity; The Mystery Cat', 'Skimbleshanks; The Railway Cat' and 'Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats' are my favourite songs, but the ever lasting 'Memory' is a good as ever. With a full 90 piece orchestra, the music has never sounded better.

I assure you, after watching this, you will remember it forever. And remember, you've got the Great Rumpuscat to thank for shutting those noisy Pollicle Dogs up at night!!


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