“Cats choose us; we don’t own them.”— (author, series)

Billy was born in a foster home, the only boy in a litter of five. The foster was a kind, caring man, but he had a number of other cats to care for, and Billy was an underweight, sick baby when we adopted him.

It's time to learn about these musical cats...

“I can’t have cats around me because they try to steal my energy.”— (actress, )

“If you want to write, keep cats.”— (author, )

Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. Based on "Old Posssum's Book Of Practical Cats" by T.S. ELIOT. Additional Lyrics by TREVOR NUNN and RICHARD STILGOE. MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT ONE: "When Cats Are Maddened By The Midnight Dance" OVERTURE * PROLOGUE: JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS THE NAMING OF CATS THE INVITATION TO THE JELLICLE BALL THE OLD GUMBIE CAT THE RUM TUM TUGGER GRIZABELLA, THE GLAMOUR CAT BUSTOPHER JONES MUNGOJERRIE AND RUMPLETEAZER OLD DEUTERONOMY THE AWEFUL BATTLE OF THE PEKES AND THE POLLICLES THE SONG OF THE JELLICLES/THE JELLICLE BALL* MEMORY ACT TWO: "Why Will The Summer Day Delay - When Will Time Flow Away" THE MOMENTS OF HAPPINESS MEMORY GUS, THE THEATRE CAT GROWLTIGER'S LAST STAND SKIMBLESHANKS, THE RAILWAY CAT MACAVITY MISTER MISTOFFOLEES MEMORY THE JOURNEY TO THE HEAVYSIDE LAYER THE AD-DRESSING OF CATS

“Cats, like men, are flatterers.”— (author, )

ACT ONE
"When Cats Are Maddened By The Midnight Dance" OVERTURE PROLOGUE: JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS
MUNKUSTRAP Are you blind when you're born? DEMETER Can you see in the dark? ASPARAGUS Can you look at a king? SKIMBLESHANKS Would you sit on his throne? TUGGER Can you say of your bite that it's worse than your bark? ALONZO Are you cock of the walk GRIZABELLA When you're walking alone? COMPANY Because Jellicles are and Jellicles do Jellicles would and Jellicles could

“Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched.”— (author, )

as they sent the musical"CATS" to Boston ..

As Rum Tum Tugger's song fades, a shabby old grey cat stumbles out and looks around (begging forgiveness of her sin she made before she was exiled from the tribe years ago); it is . All the Cats back away from her in fear and disgust and explain of her unfortunate state ("Grizabella: The Glamour Cat"). Grizabella leaves and the music changes to a cheerful upbeat number as , a fat cat in "a coat of fastidious black", appears ("Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town"). Bustopher Jones is among the elite of the cats, and visits prestigious . Suddenly, a loud crash then startles the tribe and the Cats run off the stage in fright. All of a sudden, hushed giggling sounds signal the entrance of , a pair of near-identical Cats. They are petty burglars, very mischievous, and they enjoy causing trouble for human families ("Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer").

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Jennifur was a fugitive from another kind of an abusive home. She came from a home in our neighborhood with at least 20 cats on their driveway, day and night, summer and winter. They were apparently never allowed inside, and we saw one or two of their bodies as we drove up our street, hit by cars. Jenny had chutzpah though, and came down to our end of the street looking for someone to love her. We did, and we still do, and Jenny still has chutzpah, although now we call it "tortitude." Any combination of the above factors will have an effect on the various personality traits of the cats within a given home. Example: A cat who was abused in a previous home will likely require special nurturing, but may eventually become a well-rounded cat with a sweet, loving personality. However, if he is "dumped" into a disorganized, dysfunctional atmosphere, or a home with numerous stress factors, he may always be a "fraidy cat."
“How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven.”— (author, )

Meet the Creators - Cats the Musical

Cats, in fact, do enjoy music, but they don’t enjoy human music — at least according to new research. A in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science believes that in order for our feline friends to enjoy music, it has to be species-specific music.

“Cats have it all — admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.”— (poet, )

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Throughout the night Grizabella (aka The Glamour Cat) makes repeated appearances. The bedraggled “cat” of the night seeks acceptance by the other cats and to be considered by Old Deuteronomy. She is repeatedly spurned by the group, but Old Deuteronomy ends up witnessing a moment wherein Grizabella reminisces about happier times ().

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”— (author, )

“Cats is the longest-running musical ever to play on ..

Finally, the Jellicle patriarch, , appears ("Old Deuteronomy"). He is a large old Cat that "has lived many lives" and "buried nine wives (And more, I am tempted to say—ninety-nine)". He is the Cat who chooses which Jellicle Cat will go to the Heaviside Layer every year. After rejoicing to their leader's arrival, the Cats put on a play for Old Deuteronomy, called . It is a story about two dog tribes clashing in the street and subsequently being scared away by the Great , a cat with flashing red eyes. After a moral from Old Deuteronomy about the destiny of Jellicle Cats and Pollicle Dogs, a second loud crash, presumably from Macavity, sends the alarmed Cats scurrying. Old Deuteronomy calls the Cats back and the main celebration begins ("The Jellicle Ball"), in which the cats sing and display their "Terpsichorean powers".