Cats, Old Deuteronomy, …and Sugar Coated Anti-Semitism?!

Cats, Old Deuteronomy and… Sugar Coated Antisemitism?

I have a few confessions to make… The first one being that I’m slightly intoxicated while writing this. I know it’s still only Tuesday at the moment, but my week has started off so much more hectic than I anticipated and I just really needed a drink. When I started … Continue reading

Cats and Greedy Bastards

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So, if there’s anything to be said about the last cat I discussed, it’s that, according to this stage show, prostitution is BAD. And so is wandering away to seek your own fortune apparently. When talking about vices in this context, we could say that pride is something to be … Continue reading

Cats… and Prostitution?!

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Although Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats main ‘storyline’ centres around the question who will be chosen to die in order to be reborn, the musical is smart enough to throw in some cheerful songs that almost make you forget this strange outline… But unfortunately the ‘plot’ has to return again, as … Continue reading

Cats: A Celebration of Death?

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To summarise everything we’ve learned about the musical Cats up to this point: Jellicle Cats are a tribe of black and white or multi-coloured magical and immortal(?) cats with three different names who become active at night and then … sing I guess? Except for this specific night it turns … Continue reading

Cats: What’s in a Name?

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When a Cat adopts you there is nothing to be done about it except put up with it until the wind changes. (T.S. Eliot) In 1939, the London based publishing house Faber and Faber published a collection of children’s poems about cats named Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, written … Continue reading

Cats: What the F is a Jellicle Cat?!

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To recap my first and second blog: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is a musical adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of children’s poems. When Lloyd Webber requested the Eliot estate to turn these poems into a musical, he got consent under the condition he … Continue reading

Cats: Faking Eliot and Strange Beginnings

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“Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.”1 Yes, I know I’m quoting an entirely different musical here. But somehow it seemed oddly appropriate as Maria von Trapp had a good point. Since I’m discussing the very confusing (or maybe even barely existing) plot of Cats, … Continue reading

Cats: A Literary Musical Guide


Let’s talk about T.S. Eliot. You know, THE T.S. Eliot. Best poet ever; editor and director of renowned publishing house Faber and Faber; editor of the short lived but highly esteemed literary magazine Criterion; 1948 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature; essayist; significant contributor to the field of literary … Continue reading