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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.

Director:

David Mallet

Writer:

T.S. Eliot (book)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Now and Forever! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Release Date:

27 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Macskák See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The cast, dancers and singers were drawn together from the various stage productions of the musical. Examples of this include Elaine Page, who 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'; and Susan Jane Tanner as 'Jellylorum', who also originated the role in London. See more »

Goofs

In the Macavity song with Demeter and Bombalurina, Demeter's left legging changes from being pulled up or down by her ankle between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mungojerrie: It was... Mungojerrie!
Rumpleteazer: And Rumpleteazer!
Mungojerrie: And there's nothing at all to be done about that!
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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 »


Soundtracks

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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wonderfully...commercialised
31 July 2001 | by windfoxSee all my reviews

firstly i admit that i'm an ALW fan. my first encounter of his work was with THE PHANTOM, after which i heard about CATS, then i bought the VCD at a sale...well it was wonderful, but one of my friends commented that the show was very commercialised, and i thought she got a point there.

i'm not saying that CATS is not art, in fact as one of the comment has said, it is 'art in every sense'. the costume and the make-up was vivid, and fusion of dancing and singing was simply too great (well i cannot possibly hit a high C if i dance like that^^). and many other little details were also carefully designed (i loved that pipe organ made from a rugby ball - brilliant idea^^). no plot - sure, but there wasn't meant to be one, after all. CATS is primarily a show for laughter and relaxation, so a lot of pop factors were added, and i think that's where makes me feel it's 'commercialised'. but if one really goes into the vague storyline he may discover something there... it all depends on the individual who watches it.

i have to mention a few actors here...(yeah everyone loves them, but i must talk about them^^) Michael Gruber is among the best Munkustrap i've seen, he's an excellent dancer and actor. John Patridge finally found his place as Rum Tum Tugger(he once played Munku...i cannot imagine that^^). Jacob Brent's the most suitable person for Misto so far, he's got an innocently 'sly' look...one other actor i've got to mention is Jason Gardiner who did an amazingly good job as Alonzo the proud and arrogant second-in-command...and in my opinion he dances better than Jacob in terms of power and stability (Jacob Brent is a very *sweet* and light-hearted dancer while Jason is a more forceful one).

well...i love CATS, and i confess that its melodies 'haunt' me and i watch it every week...you can call me a freak but i simply enjoy watching Michael Gruber's smile (he's got a very elegant, warm smile...i wonder why no one mentioned about it^^).


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