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I own the play Cats on tape and this is an Opera written by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Theis play is one of the longest written plays on Broadway and is a classic. This is a musical with no talking in it at all plus it lets you see or look at what life might look like threw the eyes of cats. I have seen the play but that was not this semester but sense I own the movie I watched at my home. I chose this play because I enjoy Andrew Lloyd Weber plays for example: Phantom of the Opera, La Mesarables. Here is what it is about.
At Midnight. Not a sound from the pavement. Suddenly an explosion of lights and music fills the Winter Garden Theatre, revealing a larger-than-life junkyard. Probing car lights tear across the darkened landscape of bottles and boxes, briefly catching the darting image of a running feline. One by one, the curious cats emerge. Tonight is the one special night each year when the tribe of Jellicle Cats reunites to celebrate who they are. In "Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats" But the cats are not alone. Humans (the audience) are present in the cats\' private world. The cats are at first reluctant and suspicious to include others in their domain. They are proud, however, and in "The Naming of Cats" they explain to their human visitors who they are and reveal that cats have three different names: the one the family uses daily, the more dignified name and a secret name. It is the cat\'s contemplation of the latter that keeps felines in deep thought.
Munkustrap, a large grey tabby who serves as the show\'s narrator, explains that the Jellicle Cats meet once a year to rejoice! He also explains that they are waiting for their leader, the wise Old Deuteronomy, who will choose which one of the Jellicle Cats will this year journey to the Heavyside Layer to be "reborn" to a new life! From this point onward, each of the cats tells his own story in song and dance, hoping to be chosen as the special cat to come back to a different Jellicle life.
Munkustrap introduces Jennyanydots, "The Old Gumbie Cat," who sleeps and lounges all day long. "She sits and sits and sits and sits, and that\'s what makes a Gumbie cat!" The second cat we are introduced to is "The Rum Tum Tugger," The evening takes a somber turn when the outcast figure "Grizabella, The Glamour Cat" appears. Although she is a Jellicle Cat, the rest of the tribe shun her. She had left the tribe years ago to explore the outside world. The outside world has been hard on her, however, and she who was once a beautiful and glamorous feline is now tattered and torn. Although she wants to return, the other cats are cruel, clawing and hissing at her. Suddenly there is a thunderous crash, followed by the sound of police sirens and flashing red lights. The villainous cat Macavity is on the loose. The cats scatter, leaving an empty stage.
Two off-stage giggles signal the entrance of "Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer," always getting in trouble with the family with whom they live. " The entire tribe rejoins as their benevolent and wise leader "Old Deuteronomy" arrives. The cats adore and respect him. "And now that the Jellicle leader is here, Jellicle Cats can all rejoice!" Munkustrap has assembled some entertainment for Deuteronomy. The cats put on a show called "The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles together with The Marching Song of the Pollicle Dogs." In the show, which Munkustrap narrates, the cats dress up as two rival dog factions: the Pekes and the Pollicles. The two groups bark ceaselessly at each other, until they are frightened away by the great Rumpus Cat.Grizabella intrudes once more, wanting to rejoin her family and be a part of the celebration. The cats again scorn her. She is left to contemplate her "Memory" of the time before she left the tribe, when she was once young, beautiful and happy. "I remember the time I knew what happiness was," she sings dejectedly. She yearns to be accepted, and she stretches out her hand behind her hoping another cat will touch her. It
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Cats, Old Deuteronomy, Jellicle cats, Munkustrap, Rum Tum Tugger, Demeter, Mr. Mistoffelees, Rumpus Cat, Grizabella, Macavity, The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles, Jennyanydots
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