Hi there! I'm Mew, and welcome to this little lyrics page. Cats is my favourite musical, I just adore it! Like with most long-running musicals, the songs in it have gone through a few adjustments over the years.. so I decided to make this page to compare the lyrics from the four "main" English recordings of the show: the original London, Broadway and Australian cast recordings, and the video. (Because I'm a big ol' nerd who likes comparing things, you see :P)
Where possible, I've colour-coded lyrics to reflect which character sings what line. Black text denotes lines sung the whole cast, or, on occasion, parts where I wasn't sure who was singing them (this is usually noted in the notes for that page). Some songs swap singers back and forth too freely for me to be sure who's singing what part; such songs are written entirely in black text. I've tried to be as accurate as possible with these lyrics, but if you notice any errors, please feel free to let me know and I'll fix them ASAP!
I hope you enjoy looking around this site! :)
ACT ONE: When Cats Are Maddened By The Midnight Dance
01. Overture (instrumental)
02. Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats
03. The Naming of Cats
04. The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball
05. The Old Gumbie Cat
06. The Rum Tum Tugger
07. Grizabella, The Glamour Cat
08. Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town
09. Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer
10. Old Deuteronomy
11. The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles
12. The Jellicle Ball
13. Grizabella, The Glamour Cat (Reprise)
ACT TWO: Why Will The Summer Delay - When Will Time Flow Away
01. The Moments of Happiness
02. Gus: The Theatre Cat
03. Growltiger's Last Stand
04. Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
05. Macavity: The Mystery Cat
06. Mr. Mistoffelees
08. Journey to the Heaviside Layer
09. The Ad-Dressing of Cats
Notes: In all productions except the video, the characters of Asparagus and Gus the Theatre Cat are one and the same; they were split into two characters for the video as Sir John Mills was only able to appear for one scene. Jemima and Skimbleshanks were dubbed over, although reportedly their actors' actual voices were used in "Jellicle Songs". (Note that despite what the credits claim, Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer's voices were not dubbed.)
||Original London Cast
||Original Broadway Cast
||Original Australian Cast
||Hector Jaime Mercado
||Leah Sue Morland|
||Frank Thompson (uncredited)|
|Gilbert / Genghis
||Susan Jane Tanner
|Gus the Theatre Cat
||Sir John Mills|
||Susan Jane Tanner
||Susan Jane Tanner|
||Veerle Casteleyn (acting)|
Helen Massey (singing)
||Bryn Walters (uncredited)|
||Herman W. Sebek
|Quaxo aka Mr. Mistoffelees
Jeff Shankley as Grumbuskin
Roland Alexander as
Terrence V. Mann
|The Rum Tum Tugger
||Terrence V. Mann
David Baxter as the Siamese Acrobat
||Geoffrey Garratt (acting)|
David Arnell (singing)
||Janet L. Hubert
||Phyllida Crowley Smith|
|Peter Barry as Bill Bailey
Julie Edmett as Etcetera
Pashley as Electra
Steven Wayne as Admetus
The lead Siamese was named "Gilbert" in the original London production (and original poem), but (as far as I'm aware) all productions after that rename him "Genghis".
Some characters' names vary from production to production. In UK productions, it's traditional for "Quaxo" to be the "real" name of Mr. Mistoffelees; some productions keep this, whereas others have Quaxo as a separate character. Bill Bailey is the London name for the character that was renamed "Tumblebrutus" in the Broadway version (the video also uses this name). Note that the original London production did have a character named Tumblebrutus, but instead of being a chorus/ensemble cat, he was Growltiger's bosun, played by Munkustrap, and thus only showed up for the song "Growltiger's Last Stand"; later productions cut the references to him and Grumbuskin, Growltiger's "bucko mate", from the song, thus leaving those roles nameless.
"Pouncival" is the alternate name for the character "Carbucketty"; note that the 2014 London revival had both characters, although Pouncival more closely resembled George. Speaking of George, some fans call his video counterpart "Admetus", but that's an error - "Admetus" is the original/alternate name of Plato. The video character most closely resembles George, and it is traditional in London versions for George to play Rumpus Cat, so that's what I've listed him as.
Jemima and Sillabub are a little more complicated. "Jemima" is the UK name for the character, however, she was renamed "Sillabub" when the show moved to Broadway, out of concerns that the original name could be seen as having racist connotations. Usually, Jemima/Sillabub are the same character, with her name varying from production to production. However, certain productions (including the Australian one) include both characters; such productions usually have Sillabub be the cat who sings "Memory" with Grizabella, with Jemima being relegated to a minor/ensemble character.
Exotica is exclusive to the video, for the most part; they wanted to have Femi Taylor (the original London actress for Tantomile) in the video, but Tantomile had already been cast, so they added a new character for her. Some productions do include Exotica as a swing cat, though.
Rumpelteazer's name has many spellings (check the page for "Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer" for more info on that); for this page, I have gone with the spelling used in the original poem. Rumpus Cat's name is also sometimes spelt as "Rumpuscat", but I've decided to write it with a space here. Finally, note that while "Victoria" is the proper name for that character, many programmes also refer to her as "White Cat" (most likely for clarity, as her name is never said in the show even though she has a fairly prominent role), so I did that here, too.
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"Cats" and all related things are the property of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Really Useful Group, and related parties. Lyrics are taken from and based off "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and other poems by T.S. Eliot, with additions by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe. No copyright infringement is intended.