Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Little Bit of Broadway

Cats
1981

One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s favorite books as a child was Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. In 1981, he turned this whimsical book of poetry about Cats into a musical that ran for 21 years in London and over 18 in New York. (It's currently the 2nd longest running Broadway show, surpassed only by Lloyd Webber's Phanton of the Opera.) The Jellicle cats meet for their annual Jellicle ball to see who gets to be reborn to the heaviside layer. Not only did it win lots of awards, it introduced the now standard “Memory” to the world.

Act I
Overture - Orchestra
Prologue: Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats - The Company
The Naming Of Cats - The Company
The Invitation To The Jellicle Ball - Victoria the White Cat, Quaxo, Munkustrap
The Old Gumbie Cat - Jennyanydots, Munkustrap, Bombalurina, Jellylorum, Demeter
The Rum Tum Tugger - the Tugger, Company
Grizabella: The Glamour Cat - Grizabella, Demeter, Bombalurina
Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town - Bustopher, Jennyanydots, Jellylorum, Bombalurina
Mungojerrie And Rumpleteazer - Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer
Old Deuteronomy - Munkustrap, the Tugger, Old Deuteronomy
The Awefull Battle of The Pekes and the Pollicles - Munkustrap, First Pekie, First Pollicle, Pekie Leader, Pollicle Leader, Great Rumpus Cat
The Song of the Jellicles - The Company
The Jellicle Ball
Grizabella, The Glamour Cat (Reprise)
- Jellylorum, Jemima, Grizabella

Act II
The Moments Of Happiness - Old Deuteronomy, Jemima
Gus: The Theatre Cat - Asparagus, Jellylorum
Growltiger's Last Stand, incorporating 'The Ballad Of Billy M'Caw' - Growltiger, Griddelbone, Ghengis/Gilbert, the Siamese, the Crew
Gus: The Theater Cat (Reprise) - Asparagus
Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat - Skimbleshanks, the Company
Macavity: The Mystery Cat - Bombalurina, Demeter, Macavity
Macavity Fight - Macavity, Munkustrap, Alonzo
Mr. Mistoffelees - Quaxo, otherwise known as Mr. Mistoffelees, the Tugger
Jellicle Choice - Jemima, Munkustrap, Old Deuteronomy
Memory - Grizabella
The Journey To The Heaviside Layer - The Company
Finale: The Ad-Dressing Of Cats - Old Deuteronomy

Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics T. S. EliotTrevor Nunn
Book Andrew Lloyd WebberTrevor NunnGillian Lynne
Basis Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

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