Cats The Musical

Written By: Marie

In this blog I thought I would link it to my podcast, Music Mania and explain what Cats, one of my favourite musicals is all about. Cats was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot. Cats follows the story of the Jellicles, a tribe of cats on the night called the Jellicle choice, which is where Old Deuteronomy will choose a cat to ascend to the Heavenside layer and be reborn.

There are many different characters but I will tell you briefly about the most important ones. Old Deuteronommy is the eldest so is the one everyone listens to and his second in command is Munkustrap who narrates the story and is the tribe’s protector. Munkustrap has to help protect the tribe against Macavity who is the shows real villain and is ‘wanted for everything’. Rum Tum Tugger is the tribes heartthrob and is Munkustraps brother and can be clownish on minute and serious the next. Grizabella the Glamour cat is also a prominent character and is a pariah in the tribe after she abandoned them to see more of the world. There are also the cats who are the ones who the others think are most likely to be reborn and they are; Jennyanydots, Bustopher Jones, Gus the Theatre cat and Skimbleshanks the railway cat. There are also the ones that sing songs of have songs written about them which are; Mr Mistoffelees, a magical cat and Mungojerrie and Rumpeltezer, two cat buglers.

The musical contain many amazing songs, some of my favourites are:

  • Prologue: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats, which is sung by the company lead by Munkustrap and tells the audience what a Jellicle cat is.
  • The Rum Tum Tugger, which is performed by the company and Rum Tum Tugger and introduces him to the audience.
  • Grizabella: The Glamour Cat, sung by Grizabella and two other female cats, Demeter and Bombalurina and introduces Grizabella.
  • Macavity: Mystery Cat, performed by Demeter and Bombalurina and introduces Macavity.
  • Mr Mistofelees, sung by Rum Tum Tugger and introduces Mr Mistofelees.
  • Memory, performed by Grizabella.

This musical is well worth seeing, even if you can’t see it on stage a video for it was released in 1998 so can be viewed at any time.