Cats Sightings

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Cats has been in some television shows, movies, articles, and books. They will be listed here for you to look out for, search for, etc (it's kind of fun to spot Cats). If you know of any places Cats has been mentioned in, please let me know here. Thanks!

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  • Teen People, April 1999 on p. 44 (picture).
  • "Cats": Broadway's Longest-Lived Show - from E! Online, June 1997.
  • The Phantom of the Opera Playbill - May 1997 - thanks, Shadow the Ghost Cat!
  • New York, November 23, 1992. Thanks, Carbucketty!
  • Theatre Journal, December 1982. Has article and pictures (thanks, Sillabub!).
  • Newsweek, October 11, 1982 on p. 80-86.
  • Time, September 27, 1982 on p. 74-75.

  • Catfancy, June 2000, p.9
    ______ There's an article on the closing of Cats and two Broadway pictures of the cast and one of Grizabella (thanks, Bomby The Red Cat!).
  • Damark
    ______ Actually, this is a catalog. It's a CD collection called Romantic Strings which includes "Memory". In this catalog, it's item number is B-30330-679353.
  • Dance, September 1999
    ______ They feature a pullout timeline which has a short caption about Cats on it along with a small picture of Demeter and Bombalurina (thanks, Lixue!)
  • Dance Spirit, October 1999, p.122
    ______ There is a great article on Gillian Lynne and her choreography for Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and more. There's so much cool info including her opinion of the new Cats video and new choreography (thanks, Jennikous!).
  • Dance Spirit, December 1999
    ______ They have a picture of Meg Gillentine (former Broadway Cassandra), with the caption "Meg Gillentine, a Cats veteran, is now on tour with Fosse." It is on page 68. On page 70, she gives audition tips. Also, in a listing of summer jobs for dancers, it shows a picture from Hershey Park's musical review, the Cats part (thanks, Fleetpaw!).
  • Dance Spirit, February 2000
    ______ On page 68, there is a picture of Caitlin Carter in Swing!, and you can just barely see Michael Gruber's head in the background. There is also a direct reference to 'Cats' on page 88. In the top, right corner is a picture of Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, as portrayed by Billy Johnstone and Dana Solimando. Billy is the current Coricopat. Dana gives a wonderful description of Teazer (thanks, SmudgeKat!).
  • Girls Life, April/May 2000
    ______ They have a small column called "Last Laugh," and it was titled "If Cats Performed CATS." There was a small paragraph about the Broadway closing on June 25 and the general history. They then said that it would be fun if real cats performed CATS. Suggestions included:
    ___________o The antagonist in the show would be a giant vacuum cleaner.
    ___________o Part of the performance would include the cast climbing and shredding the theater curtains.
    ___________o Most of the final act would consist of the cast just sitting and staring blankly at the audience (thanks, Alegria!).
  • New York Times - Friday, April 21, 2000
    ______ View this article here.
    ______ There was an article about Cats. I typed it up and scanned one of the pictures (here, of Marlene Danielle). Thanks, Birana!
  • National Geographics, September 1990, p.72
    ______ There is a picture you could probably get the issue at a library for. Thanks, Hailey!
  • PBS
    ______ In some magazine (I forgot which one, but it was a magazine published by PBS), there was a comic strip in which the characters were putting on a play. The play was "DOGS" and they were all dressed up like canines (animals, not teeth). I also remember two characters standing on a huge doggie biscuit that was lifting into the air (thanks, Ozzie!).
  • People, August 2, 1999
    ______ Click on the link above to view article and photo (thanks, Pawlinger!). Text version of article can be found here.
  • Reader's Digest
    ______ There was an article about a little boy who's life was drastically changed (for the better) after a visit to Cats (thanks, Alissa)!
  • Seventeen, September 1999, p.196:
    ______ "Billings' main theater, the Alberta Bair Theater, presents community plays as well as national shows like Cats." Thanks, Skitty!
  • Times
    ______ When Cats celebrated its 18th birthday this year, the Times culture section had an advert saying "Cats 18th birthday!" below was a picture of a dog saying "Lifes a b*tch!" Thanks, Sapphire Jellicle!
  • TV Guide - Cats Article
    ______ If you would like to read the text version of the article, please click here. If you would like to view a scanned photo of the article (with a picture of some of the characters), click here (thanks for scanning the photo, Froster!)
  • TV Guide - "Cats Lands on TV"
    ______ If you would like to read the text version of the article, please click here. If you would like to view a scanned photo of the article (with a picture of some of the characters), click here (thanks for scanning the photo, Froster!)
  • Vanity Fair, August 1999
    ______ On p. 124 is an article titled "Sets and Setsibility: Venn Diagrams for the 90s". It features various Venn diagrams. One of the diagrams, down at the bottom, shows two circles interlocking. The left circle says "Now" and the right circle says "Forever." The result? Cats! It also has a picture of Macavity (thanks, Jemima Mistoffelees!).
  • Wizard: The Guide to Comics
    ______ Every year, Wizard does a Halloween costume contest where fans can submit pics of themselves dressed as comic book characters, video game characters, etc. But the editors of the mag always put a funny caption with the pics to make it look like they're saying something, to make fun of the people dressed up.
    ______ Well, one of the pics this year was of two guys dressed as the comic book characters Dr. Doom and Thor. Above the guy dressed as Dr. Doom, they put in the caption "The singing, the dancing . . . it was delightful!" Then above the guy dressed as Thor, they have the caption "Now and forever . . .'Cats'." Thanks, Nebula!

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  • Algebra 2: An Intergrated Approach
    _____ On p. 61, there is a little picture of Skimbleshanks and Jennyanydots from "The Gumbie Cat" (I haven't a clue why it's Skimble instead of Munkustrap - he's wearing the vest, too!). Anyway, there are a couple of problems dealing with Cats as well as the picture (thanks, Jadadaye!).
  • All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room, by Erma Bombeck
    _____ The quote is on pg. 165 as follows:
    _____ "When I worked for Good Morning America we thought it would be fun if I went to see Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage hit CATS with Morris, the highest paid cat in television." Thanks, Jemima Mistoffelees!
  • Beauty and the Beast: the Musical
    _____ On the inside front cover of the London production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast: the Musical is a picture of Jemima holding the Cats video. It advertises that the video will be available in October (it's kind of old, I guess) and suggests you should go to (thanks, Kati Etcetera!).
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
    _____ Jerome had left him again, after first taking him back and the get together with is old boyfriend, who was a member of the Cats course (one of Bridget's best friends aren't straight, so it is him this is about). Thanks,
  • The Cat Who Came for Christmas
    ______ The author mentioned the musical several times, and when trying to name his cat, he copied The Naming of Cats (thanks, Demeter1111!).
  • The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts, by Lillian Jackson Braun.
    On p. 156 has the following (this is an excellent series, by the way):
    ______ "Oh no, you don't, young man!" Qwilleran scolded as he carried him back into the house. "Where do you think you're going? To the Jellicle Ball with the barncats?"
  • The Cat Who Went into the Closet
    _____ On p. 38 about mid-page, "The Rum Tum Tugger Syndrome" (thanks, Gintora!).
  • The Dark Side, by Stephen King
    _____ A poster of Cats becomes the center of attention in a chapter. As the lead writes down a lot of loose words under some sort of trance, he writes down "Cats now and forever". Later, a woman is found murdered, and she has a Broadway poster in her apartment (thanks, Stratyon!).
  • Elements of Writing, Revised Edition, Introductory Course by James L. Kinneavy and John E. Warriner, p.484
    _____ The sentence was: In New York, Julia saw the musical Cats (thanks, Hannah!).
  • Eyewitness Books
    _____ They are kinda like science books for all ages, and each book is about something else: rocks, dogs, dinosaurs, fossils, and so on. Anyway, in the book about cats, it shows an illustration of Mistoffelees from "Old Possum's", and mentions the book. It doesn't talka bout the show, though (thanks, Ozzie!).
  • Garfield
    _____ One of the cartoons showed a picture of a bunch of cats wearing ties, coats, hats, dresses, and other clothes, lined up to buy tickets outside a theater. And what were these eloquently dressed felines going to see? "Humans" (thanks, Ozzie!).
  • 1999 Guiness Book of World Records on p.222 with an old picture.
  • 1998 Guiness Book of World Records on p.227-231. With pictures and short paragraph.
  • 1997 Guiness Book of World Records on p.294. A small section (thanks, Tantomile!).
  • King's Quest Companion Fourth Edition
    _____ In a hint book by Peter Spear for the King's Quest computer game, there's a spell from King's Quest V called "Tiger's Claw" where a person can transform into a tiger. One of the paragraphs reads:
    ______ "The only other big cats more feared than the jungle tiger are its larger relatives, the were-tiger and the saber-tooth tiger, Growl Tiger the Bravo Cat, and the mysterious Cheshire Cat . . ." Thanks, Jennine!
  • Komm mit! Practice and Activity Book - Holt German Level Two
    ______ On p. 26, it has a little story and it mentions Cats. Then on the next page, it has a tiny picture of three people under the Cats eye logo.
    ______ Here's the article in German:
    ___________ Zuerst sind wir nach Berlin gefahren. Dort haben wir erst mal ein Hotel gesucht, dann sind wir in ein Restaraunt gegangen, weil wir grossen Hunger hatten. Dann sind wir ins Theeater gegangen, wo wir "CATS" gesehen haben. Dann sind wir in ein Cafe gegangen und haben einen Cappuccino getrunken. Zuletzt sind wir zurueck zum Hotel gegangen. Ich bin dann gleich ins Bett gegangen. Mensch, war ich muede! Am zwieten Tag haben wir zuerst die Reste der Berliner Mauer besichtigt, dann haben wir mit einem Bus eine Stadtrundfart gemacht. Dann haben wir zu Mittag gegessen. Wir sind dann in den Zoo gegngen. Ich habe dort viel fotografiert, aber ich weiss leider nicht mehr, was wir zuerst gesehen haben und was zuletz.
    ______ Here's the article in English (using an online translator):
    ___________ First we drove to Berlin. There we looked only times a hotel up, then we went into a Restaraunt, because we had large hunger. Then we went into the Theater, where we saw Cats. Then we went into a cafe and to have a cappuccino drank. We went last back to the hotel. I went then directly to bed. Humans, I was tired! On the zwieten day we visited first the remainders of the citizens of Berlin wall, then we made a Stadtrundfart with a bus. Then we ate to noon. We are then into the zoo gegngen. I photographed there much, but I unfortunately do not know no more that we to have first seen and which zuletz (thanks, Evaearlong!).
  • Maskerade
    ______ Maskerade, a Discworld novel by Terry Prachett is a spoof of The Phantom of the Opera but includes lots of references to other musicals including Cats. Nanny Ogg find some manuscripts written by Walter Plinge and one of them includes "a lot of cats leaping around and singing". Thanks, Sapphire Jellicle!
  • Mutts 4: Yesh!
    ______ Mutts is a comic strip in the U.S. It features a cat named Mooch and a dog named Earl. In one strip, the head title shows the Cats logo, only Mooch is dancing in one eye, and Earl is dancing in the other (like in the Cats logo), and Mutts is written like the logo. Through the comic strip, Mooch sings, and the last thing he sings are lines from "Memory", before Earl throws a boot at him.
  • Pockets: Cats
    ______ It's a book about cats, the animal, but there's a little entry in the refrence section. It is as follows:
    ______ "Most famous fictional cats: the cat characters in T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939), on which the award-winning musical Cats is based." Thanks, Sam!
  • Replica
    _____ In the third book, they are making a movie. It was not at all meant to be a Cats joke or hidden message or anything like that, but the movie company is called "Electra Enterprises" (thanks, Peyton!).
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Book 1
    ______ Salem says cats have people imitating them on Broadway (thanks, Crysta!).
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Book 3
    ______ Libby dresses up as a cat and was going to sing Grizabella (thanks, Crysta!).
  • The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman
    _____ It's in the book: "Brief Lives" In one of the frames there is a Cats poster drawn in the backround (thanks, Zia!).
  • The Writer's Craft: Level 8
    ______ This sighting is from my language arts book The Writer's Craft: Level 8. One of the exercises to to correct punctuation and spelling errors in sentences they give you, and here are some of them (already corrected):
    ___________ 1.) Andrew Lloyd Webber set poems to music in the Broadway musical Cats.
    ___________ 2.) The poems were from T.S. Eliot's book "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats."
    ___________ 3.) The most popular song from this show was "Memory."
    ___________ 4.) Critics said that "each cat has his or her own different voice, giving them each unique personalities."
    ______ Thanks, Jemima Mistoffelees!


  • Advertisement
    ______ In an ad for the Broadway production, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, it has all the different things critics have said about it, and a logo of Snoopy that is saying, "Move over Cats!!!" Thanks, Sam!
  • Clothing
    ______ At school my principal wore this dress that had a night time view of NYC at the bottom. It had a building and on it, it said Cats (thanks, Kari!).
  • Commercial
    ______ A lady who looks like Bebe Neuwirth when she was in Chicago starts singing "I Got Rhythm". Then all these people come out dancing, and all of the sudden two Cats come out from left/right! The one on the right was Misto, I don't know who the left one was! Then at the end (it was one of those Visa commericals, you can't buy a Tony ticket using American Express), Misto's pops up holding a Visa card with the cutest look on his face (thanks, Casio!)!
  • The Crucible Test
    ______ I took an English test on the book we just finished reading, The Crucible. One of the questions was:
    ___________ Who wrote the Crucible?
    ______ Among the choices was Andrew Lloyd Webber (thanks, Trina/Skitty!)!
  • Eagle Eye Mysteries in London
    ______ This is from a computer game. You play a detective who investigates various crimes around England. In the first case you do, about a statue of an Egyptian cat goddess that has been stolen, at the scene of the the crime a note is found that says "Macavity wasn't here!" So you go to Scotland Yard and talk to one of the investigators, who suggests that you go to the library and look up "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot. Then he adds that it was the book that inspired the popular musical "Cats." You do get to read the Macavity poem (or Demeter's solo anyway). The criminal Macavity appears in almost all of your cases, always with the line, "Macavity wasn't here." And when you do unmask him, Macavity is actually a couple, man and wife! When you see them, they're holding masks made to look like Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer! Thanks, Jemima Mistoffelees!
    ______ In a class I take, we performed a parody of Cats called Frogs. It had most of the songs with slight modifications to the lyrics, and some of the characters names had been altered (i.e. Grizabella the Glamour Cat to Frizzabella the Glamour Frog).
    ______ It was a good play and the only song that wasn't altered was "Memory" (thanks, Grizzabella!).

  • Grand Avenue
    ______ View the below listed Cats sighting
    here (thanks, Sam!) found from
    ______ The Sunday newspaper comic "Grand Avenue" by Steve Breen had a Cats refrence. The date of this particular one was September 12, 1999. It shows the kid in his room, which has all sorts of theater posters all around it, one of which is a Cats poster. The other one you can see on that date was a Les Miserables poster (the kid's hair also poofs out similar to a Cats wig, but I don't think that counts). Thanks, Fleetpaw!
    ______ The boy was standing on a cardboard box on his front lawn, with a sign propped up that read, "Cats: 25 cents." He had put a bunch of stuffed cats on the box, and he was wearing a cat costume and had his face painted up, and coming out of his mouth was a broken musical note, no lyrics (thanks, Jemima Mistoffelees!).
  • Kansas City Baseball Team
    ______ The Kansas City baseball team is the Royals and their mascot is a lion named Sluggerrr. Sluggerrr has a special trading card he hands out to kids at the games. The card lists some of his favorite things, all with catty jokes. Like his marital status is "still on the prowl" and his favorite food is "the other team". Anyway, guess what his favorite musical is? Yeppers. It's Cats (thanks, Ozzie!).
  • Life
    ______ On this cd-rom game, if you land on the square "Invest in Broadway Play" it shows two guys standing off stage and an actor that is dressed like Rum Tum Tugger, but has a really bad costume. The guys off stage will say one of two things:
    ___________ 1.) First guy: "This is increadible! Its unbelieveable! Nothing has ever been done like this before. I call it, 'Kittens'!" or
    ___________ 2.) Second guy: "Um, hasn't something like this already been done before?" (thanks, Cerrita!).
  • Millenium Stamps
    ______ The new millennium stamps feature Cats? My friend said that her mom was looking though a magazine that showed the new stamps and it had cats from Cats on them. They might be coming out in May (thanks, Demeter!).
  • Newspaper Article
    ______ In a newspaper article by Bill Elvirino (it ran in January 1999, and was reprinted January 2000), he commented on how the Shop-Rite can commercial runs every January, and has been for what seems like a long time. He says "Probably longer than Cats." Thanks, Fleetpaw!
  • Off the Mark
    ______ View this Cats sighting here.
    ______ It is from January 22, 1999. The comic strip is by Mark Parisi (thanks, Birana!)
  • Pandora's Box
    ______ On this computer game, one of the overlap puzzles, it shows the corner of Broadway *I think* and it has those HUGE billboards for the musicals. They had 'Beauty and the Beast, a huge sky scraper, a McDonalds joint *seriously!* and Cats! It was way down in the corner, but it was their anyways (thanks, Cerrita!).
  • Radio
    ______ This guy is talking to his sister or girlfriend or cousin, "Hey you remember the time you danced in front of everyone in your poodle skirt? Remember when you ate all the something I can't remember what. Oh oh how about when cousin Fred gave you his family heirloom incrusted with rubies and you gave him your Cats souvenir T-shirt?!" Thanks, Hailey!
  • Road to El Dorado Website
    ______ They have a Mastercard Trivia Game. On the third question they ask, what Rosie Perez's first big break in show business was, and one of the choices is, "In a production of "Cats" of Broadway" (thanks, Powder!).
  • Warner Brothers Store (New York City)
    ______ When you go on the escalator from the first floor to the second, they have signs that look like they're from musicals, but with a Warner Brothers twist. There's a black sign that says "Puddies" (Tweety's word for "cats") in white, and Sylvester eyes with Tweety's shadow in them (thanks, Fleetpaw!).
  • World Series - Yankees Party
    ______ At the Yankees party thing for when they won the world series this year, the announcer was making fun of how many NY shows there were there, like the Rockettes. Then he joked about how they would have the cast of Cats next year (thanks, Froster!).
  • You Don't Know Jack (Vol. 3)
    ______ The category was "Scoopin' Out the CatsTM Box". The question was worth $4,000 and was a fill-in the blank which goes as follows: It's so easy to leave me, all alone in the _______.

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