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->''"I came back from vacation and she had somehow... changed. She had gone into heat while I was away... Four thousand male cats are in my front yard reenacting ''Theatre/WestSideStory''. To-NIIIIGHT, to-NIIIIIGHT, won't be just any night..."''
-->--Amy Boyd

Alleycats invariably spend their evenings singing opera while standing on top of a wooden fence. Usually they perform solos, although coordinated choruses and sodden barbershop renditions of "How Dry I Am" are not unknown. A female cat (complete with [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics ribbon]]) may or may not be seen nearby, the coy recipient of the serenade.

The cat is likely to be treated as a DreadfulMusician, since feline yowling corresponds to really bad human singing. Of course, for RuleOfFunny points, the concert is just as likely to be sophisticated {{Opera}} or {{Jazz}}. Performances usually end with [[ProducePelting a thrown shoe or piece of trash]] and a bellowed "shaddup" from somewhere off screen.

For what it's worth, midnight yowling from RealLife alley cats generally means they're ''fighting'', not "entertaining".

Compare ThatPoorCat.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The temporarily-talking cat from ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Moving Pictures]]'' was possibly referencing this trope when he commented that whenever he's been in love, people throw old boots at him.
* In the novel ''Twig'', Old Girl, a cat who hangs around Twig's apartment, gives these kinds of concerts every night. When the Queen of Fairyland visits, Twig employs Old Girl to put on a special concert for her. The queen sits through the concert, far too polite to disparage it.
* Invoked in ''TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''. Tom and [[TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck]] routinely [[NobodyHereButUsBirds signal each other with cat cries]]. At one point Huck complains that "Last time, you kep' me a-meowing around till old Hays went to throwing rocks at me and says 'Dern that cat!'"
* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''Thunder Rising'' contains a bonus story at the back that shows how one character came to the forest. It begins with Ripple and all the other cats of the park yowling together to greet the morning.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Quite a few ''{{Heathcliff}}'' strips.
** Likewise {{Garfield}}, though he prefers standup comedy, perhaps because any musical interlude gets him the VaudevilleHook.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Gioacchino Rossini's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vt-LyL_wqI Duetto buffo di due gatti]]''[[note]]"Comic duet for two cats"[[/note]] is made of this trope.
* "The Pussy Cat Song," sung by Patty Andrews and Bob Crosby.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" is essentially made of this trope, complete with a giant boot which is dropped onto the stage in the middle of a song. The cats pause, look resentfully at it, then keep singing.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Fiddler and Keys of ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by their owners who wanted musical cats.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Dozens of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts, e.g. "Back Alley Oproar"
* ''GarfieldAndFriends'' had Garfield doing comedy routines on a wooden fence, and occasionally being upstaged by Odie. This is also a RunningGag in the print version.
* {{Disney}}'s ''TheAristocats'' is an obvious example. It has 10 full minutes involving a full house, accompanied by wild music and drug-induced background color. It's possible that they do it again at the very end.
** They do. And the bass is still missing
** [[EarWorm Everybody wants to be a cat...]]
* {{Superman}} turning into [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=810:super-cool-cat&catid=30:frames-and-panels-index&Itemid=34 "Super-Cool Cat"]]...
* Also in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''.
* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', alley cats are seen to do this in order to eat the food thrown at them.
* Played for horror in ''TheCatPiano'', where all the singing cats are taken away from the city by a deranged human who uses them as part of his hellish "cat piano". Arranged according to the natural sound of their voices, with the touch of a note, a sharpened nail impaled each cat's tail, causing them to shriek out in pain.
** The idea of a cat piano is OlderThanTheyThink and attributed to various famous sadists from human history.
* Occurs in the "I Was a Teenage Gary" episode of ''SpongebobSquarepants'' when Spongebob and Squidward are turned into snails and perform with Gary on a fence, complete with Patrick throwing a boot in annoyance.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a mouse with a penis growing out of its back interrupts a chase scene to do a solo on top of a fence.
* In one of the earliest examples, the ''FelixTheCat'' cartoon "Forty Winks" begins with Felix conducting four of his buddies in a loud performance. Of course, a guy in a house throws things at them.
* In WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf, the Hunch Bunch do this, in full cat-costumes, to keep Shaggy from being well-rested for the big race. They are promptly pelted with boots thrown by Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}. "Doggon kitty-cats!"

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Unspayed female cats in heat will "sing" very loudly to attract the attention of male cats. This can be very obnoxious for their owners. One of the many reasons to spay and neuter your pets!
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