This was our Yule card a few years ago.
Yeah I know the season has passed so apply it to the holiday of your choice :-)
Hi! I'm CatAnna and you're about to paw through the theatrical section of
my meditative cats' cyberhome.
This is a tribute to our favorite musical Cats which is of course
based on ailurophile T.S. Eliot's wonderful Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Even though you don't see much
meditation going on onstage in Cats (the producers must have thought that
it wouldn't be
too interesting to an audience of humans) rest assured that when the Jellicles aren't dancing,
singing, performing feats of magic or pouncing on one another, they are deep in meditation on
their ineffable effable Effanineffable Deep and inscrutable singular Names.
I first saw Cats in 1987 at the Winter Garden Theater in Manhattan. I'd read about this fantastical musical in which
actors transformed themselves into Eliot's Jellicles and was inspired to buy the
Book of the Musical
which is a work of art unto itself. Sketches of costumed otherworldly cats give way to
photos of flesh & blood feline characters. These are not cartoon pussy cats. They have distinct
personalities with individual
points of view and histories and emotions and relationships. The set is a dreamlike marvel.
I bought the sound track which came on 2 LPs... I don't think CDs existed yet. The songs were irresistable.
I had to see this show! When I finally did (with my Mom, another Cats fan) I wasn't disappointed. The Jellicles and their
magical junkyard came to life before my eyes & the show
crackled with energy from start to finish. We had
balcony seats with a great view of the stage. When the cats weren't onstage, they often slinked
around the fringes of the audience. And the performances onstage were one star turn after
another. It's hard
to single out anyone but I was especially impressed with Mistoffellees. They were all marvelous.
But it was Grizabella as played by the late great Laurie Beechman* who really touched my heart. When she was finally accepted
back into the tribe and transcended to the Heaviside Layer... well that was a four handkerchief
experience! Anyone who knows what it is to feel like an outsider can easily identify with Griz.
And the older I get, the more deeply the Memory
of Grizabella and of all the splendiforous cats haunts me.
*sadly, Laurie died of cancer in 1998.
Griz is still my favorite and a large portion of this site is devoted to her.
If you're a fellow Grizafanantic you can paw on over to the
Grizabella Galleries right now.
If you'd rather meet the other Cats first, read on...
I saw CATS again at the end of March, 2000... I wanted to see it
one more time before the announced Broadway closing date on June 25 and I wanted to share it with my husband John.
Due to an outpouring of media coverage, fan sentiment and heightened ticket sales
CATS was extended to run
at the Winter Garden Theater through September 10.
As I'm writing this, it's September 11 and last night CATS closed on Broadway after
an 18 year run (sob!) Yeah, that's pretty long but No, it's not long enough, dernit!
I really wanted to see it again. And again and again! Of course it's still playing in London and
and in many other cities around the world. And I have heard talk of another US tour. Still, it won't be the same
Great White Way without my favorite one-world logo on the marquee of the Winter Garden Theatre.
Farewell, Broadway Jellicles. We will miss you!
But don't despair! CATS will be back on Broadway! Here's a quote from Andrew Lloyd Webber
the day of the final show:
"It'll be back," he said in an interview during intermission.
"Because many people want to see it.
It needs a rest now-maybe three years, or maybe five years."
Until then, let's all keep the memory alive!
John and I saw Cats at the Winter Garden on March 29!
He took this picture of me in front of the theater
I'm the very happy lady in green with her hands in the air :-)
John and I experienced the latest incarnation of
the best musical in the universe... CATS on tour.. on July 29 in
I'd love to hear
from anyone else who saw that awesome performance! (You can email us at
We loved it every bit as much as the shows we've seen on B'way... absolutely magical &
totally capturing the spirit of this very special musical. It's hard to single individuals
out 'cause the whole cast was so wonderful but I want to make special mention of Grizabella
who moved me to tears more than once with her gorgeous voice and eloquent body language...
Skimbleshanks, whose performance had so much electricity he had the whole theater vibrating...
Mistoffeles who not only has incredible dance moves but the sweetest facial expressions...
and Mungojerrie who was sooo cute interacting with the audience. I'm glad we were seated stage
left in the second row of tables so we could see him up close. Great performance with Rumple
too! I wish we could have gone back for another show, and another and another! Eventually I'll
have the cast list and pictures up, so stay tuned :-)
Ah, Memories! This is a picture I took at the Winter Garden Theater garage sale
in Sept, 2000.
There are more pictures & descriptions of what we saw and & bought a little
further down the page.
In case you didn't know the names of the Jellicles in Cats, may we present (in alphabetical order so no one's upset)...
Admetus, Alonzo, Bombalurina, Bustopher Jones, Cassandra, Coricopat*,
Demeter, Electra, Etcetera, Griddlebone**, Grizabella the Glamour Cat, Growltiger**, Gus the Theatre Cat aka Asparagus, Jellylorum,
Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat, Jimima aka Sillabub,
the most Magical Mr. Mistoffelees aka Quaxo, Mungojerrie*, Munkustrap, Old Deuternonomy,
Plato aka Carbucketty, Macavity the Mystery Cat, Pouncival, Rumpleteazer*, Rum Tum Tugger, the great Rumpus Cat,
Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat,
Tantomile*, Tumblebrutus aka Bill Bailey & Victoria. Eventually I hope to have individual pages for all the Jellicles.
* Mungojerrie & Rumpleteazer are almost always together, as are Tantomile & Coricopat ** OK, Griddlebone and Growltiger are "just" characters in Growltiger's Last Stand and the Rumpus Cat is "just" a character in
the Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles so some might say they're technically not members of the Jellicle tribe. But they're an important part
of Cats, IMO (even tho GB and GT were left out of the video) so I've decided to add them. Thanks for
talking me into it, Ozzie :-)
The Jellicle Mall
Where you can buy the Commemorative Edition DVD & video (including a bonus tape of behind-the-scenes stuff),
original cast recordings, rehearsal land performance clothing for dancers, sheet music, songbooks &
photo books at discounted prices, including books written by two cast members.
Just added: CATS music box and waterglobe.
CATS as myth
Even though Cats is closing on Broadway and in London, I know it will be back on the "big stages" someday.
Meanwhile, there are wonderful touring companies and local productions happening all over the world and probably not
to far from where YOU live so go see it!
Here's why I think Cats will be with us now and forever
The creative people behind Cats, including cast lists for the original Broadway & West End productions, the
current Broadway production & the video.
I've fallen in love with the original Australian cast CD so I've added them &
the cast of their Cats Run Away to the Circus tour
Assorted Jellicle photos that I've found on web, scanned myself or captured from the video.
And some very cool morphs!
Dontcha love backstage photos?!
Thanks to Julie Langel, who played Grizabella on the US tour
and to Sandy Rass, who played Skimbleshanks and Carbucketty in the 1995-96 London production,
for sharing theirs. You'll also find some makeup room photos of the original Broadway cast here.
Cats in Costume
A tribute to online Jellicles who've designed their own
costumes and/or makeup. Photos plus links to theatrical costume & stage makeup resources.
And have a look at the Rum Tum Tugger & Grizabella costumes I made for my husband and me.
Please be kind... they're our first attempts :-)
The Cats Garage Sale & Broadway Flea Market
Our last visit to the Jellicle Junkyard during the Winter Garden Theater's big blowout sale of
costumes, set pieces and assorted CATS memorabilia. What it was like, what we bought and
lots of pictures of the garage sale and the CATS booth at the BC/EFA Flea Market.
My Adopted Jellicles
Meet my cute little furry adopted Cats and find out where you can adopt some of your own.
Many thanks to the Jellicles who've bestowed awards on site!
Personal Stuff Photos, links to friends & family
and other personal info for anyone who cares about that sort of thing :-)
Credits and Thanks Some of these
photos I scanned myself but others I found on the web. Click on the paw to find out where.
And special thanks to those who've linked stuff they've found here back to me :-)
Tribute to the Glamour Cat! LOTS of photos, words to
Memory & the TS Eliot poems that the song was adapted from.
And if you're a Grizabella fan like me, you can join the Grizabella Appreciation Society
Fan art, what the name Grizabella means & a list of actresses who've played her
The Magical Mr. M's theme song & photos of some of the actors who played him.
The Rum Tum Tugger
The Curious Cat's theme song & photos of some of the actors who played him.