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Bats at Sesame Place

Cats is an award-winning musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and built around the characters and lyrics from T. S. Eliot's book of poems Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. The show opened in London's West End in 1981 and ran at Broadway's Winter Garden Theater from 1982 to 2000, at one point becoming the longest-running Broadway musical in history, a record which was later broken by Webber's own The Phantom of the Opera. A film adaptation of the musical was released in 2019.


  • In Episode 3989 of Sesame Street, a duck who performs in one of Prairie Dawn's pageants proudly announces that she's won a role in the touring company Cats. The duck then quacks out a chorus of "Memory."
  • In the Elmo's World episode "Pets," the The Pets Channel tells viewers to stay tuned for CATS starring Eartha Kitten.


  • Stephen Bienskie played Rum Tum Tugger in the final Broadway performance.
  • Betty Buckley originated the role of Grizabella on Broadway.
  • James Corden played Bustopher Jones in the 2019 film.
  • Jason Derulo played Rum Tum Tugger in the 2019 film.
  • Graham Fletcher played Quaxo and Mr. Mistoffelees on the West End from 1982-1983, and again from 1985-1990.
  • Christopher Gattelli played Pouncival during the original Broadway run.
  • Jennifer Hudson played Grizabella in the 2019 film.
  • Danny John-Jules played Coricopat on the West End.
  • Roger Kachel played Mungojerrie, Mistoffelees, and most other roles in touring productions and on Broadway for approximately 14 years.
  • Gillian Lynne was the original choreographer and associate director for Cats. She was also the choreographer for the 1998 taped version.
  • Rob Marshall played Munkustrap during the original Broadway run.
  • Ian McKellen played Gus the Theatre Cat in the 2019 film.
  • Michael Sundin played Bill Bailey on the West End.
  • Lillias White played Grizabella on Broadway.

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