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Cats (1998)

Not Rated | | Musical | 27 October 1998 (USA)
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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.


David Mallet


T.S. Eliot (book)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Elaine Paige ... Grizabella
John Mills ... Gus the Theatre Cat
Ken Page ... Old Deuteronomy
Rosemarie Ford ... Bombalurina
Michael Gruber ... Munkustrap
John Partridge John Partridge ... Rum Tum Tugger
Aeva May Aeva May ... Demeter
Geoffrey Garratt Geoffrey Garratt ... Skimbleshanks (as Geoffrey Garrat)
James Barron James Barron ... Bustopher Jones
Jo Gibb Jo Gibb ... Rumpleteazer
Drew Varley Drew Varley ... Mungojerrie
Susie McKenna Susie McKenna ... Jennyanydots
Jacob Brent ... Mistoffelees
Susan Jane Tanner Susan Jane Tanner ... Jellylorum
Phyllida Crowley Smith Phyllida Crowley Smith ... Victoria


Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS, the most famous musical of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. 'Memory', one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. Since then CATS has smashed records and conquered the world. Using the latest technology, all the excitement, thrill, romance and intimacy of this theatrical legend has been captured on screen. Breathtaking visuals and full digital sound (that has been completely re-recorded with a seventy piece orchestra) will leave you deep into the mysterious world of CATS as you've never seen it before - more intoxicating and magical than you could possibly imagine. With a star cast including Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills. 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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Did You Know?


Ken Page has two roles, one as Old Deuteronomy and the other as one of the Jellicle Cats in the opening number. See more »


During the beginning of "The Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles," Victoria and Jemima can be seen sitting next to Old Deuteronomy watching along. In one scene, it shows them start to get up and leave, and they are gone in the next scene. The scene afterward, they are shown sitting there again, and gone again in the next. 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 »


Spoofed in Ollie & Scoops: Episode 4 (2019) See more »


The Moments of Happiness
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Ken Page and chorus
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User Reviews

Everything's better than "Cats"
19 December 2001 | by pian0gir1See all my reviews

I guess I'm one of the few people on here that didn't like this show! Mind you, the dancing, music, set, and costumes were spectacular, but the plot was predictable and rather slow-moving. Based on this, I don't think the book would be that great either. I heard a quote once that I particularly agree with: "You know why they say it was better than 'Cats'? Because everything's better than Cats!" I prefer to spend my time with Joseph and his Dreamcoat.

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Release Date:

27 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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