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CATS

Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Dramatic Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: CATS takes place in a junkyard on the night of the Jellicle Ball.
  • Orchestra Size: Medium, Large

  • Performance Group:
  • Elementary School / Primary, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! Olivier Award for Musical of the Year (1981)
    Winner! London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical (1981)
    Winner! Tony Award for Best Musical (1983)
    Winner! Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music (1983)
    Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Musical (1983)
    Winner! Grammy Award for Best Cast Show Album (1983)
Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer.

A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS's London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Winter Garden Theatre for just over 18 years.

* * Please note that the licence granted is for ‘non-replica’ rights. This means you are not permitted to reproduce any elements of the directions, choreography, designs or other creative elements of the original 1981 London production of the Play or video production or any previous professional production of the Play except for the music and the lyrics. You are permitted to set your production in a rubbish dump, however it must be your own design of a dump but you are not obliged to set CATS in a rubbish dump. For example, it could be anywhere that CATS hang out – an alleyway, rooftops, etc.

REVIEWS:

"It's a musical that transports the audience into a complete fantasy world that could only exist in the theater and yet rarely does. CATS believes in purely theatrical magic, and on that faith it unquestionably delivers."

Frank Rich The New York Times

"More than a hit... a genuine theatrical landmark. The show keeps rejuvenating itself."

Elyse Sommer CurtainUp
Premiere Production:

CATS, one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The groundbreaking production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical.

The following year, CATS opened at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre, its home for the next 18 years, garnering seven 1983 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show returned to Broadway in 2016, where it had a successful pre-tour run at the Neil Simon Theatre.

CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, translated into 16 languages, and seen by more than 73 million people worldwide. The original Broadway cast recording won the Grammy Award for Best Cast Album.

Lloyd Webber’s magnificent musical score includes the poignant hit song “Memory,” which has been recorded by over 150 artists from Barbra Streisand to Liberace to Barry Manilow.

  • Casting: 8M, 6F, 4M or F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Parts for Senior Actors, Roles for Multicultural Casting, Expandable casting
  • Casting Notes: ENSEMBLE Strong dancers and singers are recommended for the larger roles. Recommended minimum of 4 (1 Woman and 3 Men). COMMENTS Some actors in Principal and Featured Roles are required to double in chorus roles.
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • ASPARAGUS (GUS)
    BOMBALURINA
    BUSTOPHER JONES
    DEMETER
    GRIZABELLA
    GRIDDLEBONE
    GROWLTIGER
    JELLYLORUM
    JENNYANYDOTS
    MR. MISTOFFELEES
    MUNGOJERRIE
    MUNKUSTRAP
    OLD DEUTERONOMY
    RUMPLETEAZER
    THE RUM TUM TUGGER
    SKIMBLESHANKS

    OTHER CHARACTERS (not in every production)
    ADMETUS
    ALONZO
    BILL BAILEY
    CARBUCKETTY
    CASSANDRA
    ELECTRA
    ETCETERA
    EXOTICA
    GEORGE
    GENGHIS or GILBERT
    JEMIMA
    MACAVITY
    PLATO
    POUNCIVAL
    RUMPUS CAT
    SILLABUB
    TANTOMILE
    TUMBLEBRUTUS
    VICTOR
    VICTORIA
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    $75.00
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    2 Keyboard II, III
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    1 Bass
    1 Woodwind I (Flute, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax)
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    1 Woodwind III (English Horn, Oboe)
    2 Horns I, II
    1 Trumpet I (Bb Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet)
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    1 Trombone
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    2 Full Scores (Act I & II)
    1 Keyboard I (Electric Piano, Piano)
    2 Keyboard II, III
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Woodwind I (Flute, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax)
    1 Woodwind II (Clarinet, Baritone Sax, Flute)
    1 Horn
    1 Guitar (Electric, Acoustic)
    1 Drums

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    CDs 1 & 2 are Piano-only (Acts I & II)
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    The recordings have the following features -
    Subdivided tracks for useful rehearsal points
    Gaps left for spoken sections/stage action where appropriate
    Clicks to help vocal entries
    Melody Guide features:
        1.    Easily identifiable sounds for each vocal line in Melody Guide
        2.    Vocal lines panned L-R for ease of learning

    $75.00