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Title Cats [videorecording] / Polygram Visual Programming ; Really Useful Films presents ; music by Andrew Lloyd Webber ; musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne ; produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber ; directed by David Mallet.

Imprint London : Really Useful Group ; Universal City, Calif. : Distributed by Universal Studios, c2000.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library DVD    K CATS CAT S16DVD    Available
Edition Commemorative ed.
Description 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD format ; Region 1, NTSC ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround, Dolby digital surround ; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.78:1.
Language In English ; closed-captioned.
Note Based on "Old Possum's book of practical cats" by T.S. Eliot.
Originally produced on the stage by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company ; original stage production conceived and directed by Trevor Nunn.
Credits Designed by John Napier ; orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber ; director of photography, Nic Knowland ; editors, Dave Gardener, David Mallet, Nick Morris ; musical director & conductor, Simon Lee ; art directors, Peter Bingermann, David Munns ; make up designer, Karen Dawson Harding ; wig designer, Jennifer Dean.
Cast Elaine Paige (Grizabella), John Mills (Gus the Theatre Cat), Ken Page (Old Deuteronomy), Rosemarie Ford (Bombalurina), Michael Gruber (Munkustrap), John Partridge (Rum Tum Tugger), Aeva May (Demeter) Geoffrey Garratt (Skimbleshanks), James Barron (Bustopher Jones), Jo Gibb (Rumpleteazer), Drew Varley (Mungojerrie), Susie McKenna (Jennyanydots), Jacob Brent (Mistoffelees), Susan Jane Tanner (Jellylorum), Phyllida Crowley Smith (Victoria), Bryn Walters (Macavity), Veerle Casteleyn (Jemima), Tommi Sliiden (Coricopat), Kaye Brown (Tantomile), Karl Morgan (Pouncival), Leah Sue Morland (Electra), Jo Bingham (Etcetera), Fergus Logan (Tumblebrutus), Tony Timberlake (Asparagus), Jason Gardiner (Alonzo), Femi Taylor (Exotica), Frank Thompson (Rumpus Cat), Rebecca Parker (Cassandra).
Event Staged and produced for video recording in 1998.
Summary The Jellicle Cats gather in their junkyard, preparing for the Jellicle Ball, for this is the night when patriarch Old Deuteronomy will choose a cat to be reborn into a new life on the Heavyside Layer. There are stories, songs, and dances from Victoria the White Cat, Munkustrap, Rum Tum Tugger, Grizabella, Jemima, Gus the Theatre Cat, Jellylorum, Skimbleshanks, Macavity, Demeter and Bombalurina, Demeter, Alonzo, Mr. Mistoffelees, and others. The songs explain how Cats are named, whom they fight, how they work and play, entertain, and how they love and why.
Contents Opening credits/Overture -- Prologue: Jellicle songs for jellicle cats -- Naming of cats -- Old Gumbie cat -- Rum Tum Tugger -- Grizabella, the glamour cat -- Bustopher Jones: The cat about town -- Mungojerrie & Rumpleteazer -- Old Deuteronomy -- Awful battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles -- Jellicle ball -- Memory -- Moments of happiness -- Gus: The theatre cat -- Skimbleshanks: The railway cat -- Macavity: The mystery cat -- Mr. Mistoffelees -- Memory -- Journey to the heaviside layer -- Ad-dressing of cats -- Closing credits.
Special feature: What's a jellicle cat? The making of CATS the video / Really Useful Films presents ; produced by Gary Lucchesi, Rebbecca Ferrand ; directed by Andy Picheta (1998) (30 min.).
Subject Cats -- Drama.
Stage adaptations.
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 -- Video adaptations.
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 -- Stage adaptations.
Genre/Form Television musicals.
Television adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Lloyd Webber, Andrew, 1948- Composer. Producer.
Lynne, Gillian. Choreographer.
Mallet, David (Director) Director.
Paige, Elaine. Actor.
Mills, John, 1908-2005. Actor.
Page, Ken. Actor.
Ford, Rosemarie. Actor.
Gruber, Michael, 1964 November 1- Actor.
Partridge, John, 1971- Actor.
May, Aeva. Actor.
Garratt, Geoffrey. Actor.
Barron, James. Actor.
Gibb, Jo. Actor.
Varley, Drew. Actor.
McKenna, Susie. Actor.
Brent, Jacob. Actor.
Tanner, Susan Jane. Actor.
Smith, Phyllida Crowley. Actor.
Walters, Bryn. Actor.
Casteleyn, Veerle. Actor.
Mackintosh, Cameron. Producer.
Nunn, Trevor. Creator. Director.
Lucchesi, Gary. Producer.
Ferrand, Rebecca. Producer.
Picheta, Andy. Director.
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. Old Possum's book of practical cats.
Polygram Visual Programming (Firm)
Really Useful Films.
Really Useful Theatre Company.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN 0783249667
Standard No. 025192111624
Music No. 21116 Universal

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