[[caption-width-right:350:The cast of the Broadway production.]]

->If you came here looking for tropes about cats, see ThisIndexMeows.

->''There's a man over there with a look of surprise.''
->''As much as to say well now how about that?''
->''Do I actually see with my own very eyes,''
->''A man who's not heard of a jellicle cat?''
->''What's a jellicle cat? '''What's a jellicle cat'''?''
-->-- From the opening number, "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats."

Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's other [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera most famous musical]]. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's a show about cats.]] More precisely, it's about a tribe of cats, the Jellicle Cats, and the once-a-year event where the Jellicle Leader, Old Deuteronomy, announces the cat who can now be reborn and come back in a different Jellicle Life, after the cats spend time introducing themselves, and their fellow cats, through song. It's based, pretty much, on Creator/TSEliot's book of poems ''Literature/OldPossumsBookOfPracticalCats''.

A video version of the stage musical was released in 1998. A film thought to have been stuck DevelopmentHell seems to be back on track with Creator/TomHooper directing it. The musical was a LongRunner in ''both'' Broadway and the West End, and a Broadway revival ran in 2016.

Now has a [[Characters/{{Cats}} character page]] that needs some love.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas Has nothing to do with]] [[VideoGame/ZeroWing a certain Engrish-speaking cyborg]] [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs to whom all your base belong]].

!!This show features examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: "What's a jellicle cat", indeed. Mr. Eliot's poems make perfectly and explicitly clear what a jellicle cat is: it is, very specifically, ''a small black-and-white cat''. No more, no less, and nothing else. There are quite a few black and white cats in the show.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: In this case, an adaptation of a poetry book.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: The Cats don't really like Grizabella. Allegedly she used to be a rather snobbish diva, but we never really see that side of her onstage, so one must take their word on it
* AllStarCast: Invoked in the Video Version, which cast notable cast members throughout the show's history in both Broadway and West End ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And John Mills]]).
* AllThereInTheScript: Anything pertaining to Griddlebone, save her few lines in Macavity's VillainSong.
** Although some productions include Growltigers Last Stand which features Griddlebone heavily.
* AllWitchesHaveCats: Inverted. A couplet in the "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats" goes "Can you ride on a broomstick, to places far distant?/[[HollywoodExorcism Familiar with candle, with book and with bell?]]" and refers to cats being traditionally associated with witches, demons and magic.
* AmusementPark: The Swedish version takes place in one closed down for the winter.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The cat chosen at the end of the Jellicle Ball will ascend to the Heavyside Layer, though the real prize is that they get to return and begin a new jellicle life. [[ItWasHisSled Grizabella]] is the winner of this particular night.
* BeyondTheImpossible: Macavity has broken every human law, including the law of gravity. When he kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, partially by temporarily pacifying all the cats with mass hypnosis, the Rum Tum Tugger suggests to the cats that an even more impossible solution to Macavity's dastardly deed does exist -- asking for the help of a cat who can conjure seven kittens from out of a hat. Mistoffelees, who has spent the entire show demurely wiggling his fingers in the background to magically open car boots and change the stage lighting, rescues Old Deuteronomy by simply teleporting him home from wherever it is Macavity has imprisoned him. While two other cats are implied to have a psychic sixth sense, it's implied only Macavity and Mistoffelees are capable of supernatural feats.
* BreakTheHaughty: Grizabella has fallen ''hard'' from grace, but even when she humbly approaches the Jellicles, they won't accept her.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Jellicles, after their opening number, notice the audience's presence.
%%* ButtMonkey: Pouncival and Tumblebrutus , though the former more than the latter.
* CatConcerto: Basically the whole show; there's even a boot thrown at the singing cats!
* CatGirl: All female Jellicles, by default, since they are human actors dressed like cats.
* CatsAreMagic: Mr. Mistoffelees, the original conjuring cat. Coricopat, Tantomile and Macavity are also implied to be magical.
* CatsAreMean: Averted, although Macavity is a jerk of the first magnitude and everyone assumes this about Grizabella. Cats, however, are ultimately not that different from people, according to the final number.
* CatStereotype: Most of the cats don't fit any colour stereotypes but, in the video version, there are three cats who do.
** Victoria is the only all-white cat. Her role is performed mainly through dance, where she's implied to be a symbol of grace and innocence, and is extremely sensitive to the moods around her. Her coming-of-age moment sends all the cats into a frenzy. In the filmed stage production, her dance and reaction scenes are often paired with the black Mistoffelees for colour contrast.
** Skimbleshanks is a ginger tom. He's an engaging, cheeky cat who has a reputation for being the hero of the railways; the cats believe the trains only run smoothly because Skimbleshanks is there to keep the humans in line and on the job by either fixing all the problems that crop up or alerting the humans to issues so that they can fix the problems in time. His one flaw is described as being his temper, which gets triggered by disorder; he can be quite draconian about ensuring everything and everyone is kept in order so that the trains can run smoothly.
** Mistoffelees is the only all-black cat, described as being black from his ears to the tip of his tail. [[note]]The realities of stage production, where lighting tends to wash out all-black costumes means that the Mistoffelees cat is usually portrayed as a tuxedo cat to bring the costume to life; the cat himself, however, is described as being all-black[[/note]] He is the most mystical cat, capable of manipulating light, telekinesis and producing electricity from his paws. He is implied to have some hypnosis, illusion and voice-throwing abilities, he does possess a psychic sixth sense, and is revealed to be capable of teleporting others or himself. In the Invitation to the Jellicle Ball, his dance is paired with the all-white Victoria for colour contrast.
* CompositeCharacter: Gus recalls his playing Growltiger, while both are separate cats in T.S. Eliot's text.
%%* CoolCat: The entire cast.
* DancesAndBalls: The musical takes place during the annual Jellicle Ball.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Munkustrap , while directing the Rumpus Cat.
* DecompositeCharacter: From the video production; on stage, the character of Gus is usually depicted as a young cat but becomes an older cat for his big number. This number usually segues into another number with the younger version, "Growltiger's Last Stand". The older version was played by Sir John Mills, who was far too old, and blind, to do the required singing and dancing. So, they split both versions into two characters, with the younger Gus now named Asparagus.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity. He's basically the feline version of Professor James Moriarty. His description was lifted almost word-for-word from "[[Literature/SherlockHolmes The Adventure of the Final Problem]]":
-->''And they say that all the cats\\
Whose wicked deeds are widely known\\
(I might mention Mungojerrie,\\
I might mention Griddlebone)\\
Are nothing more than agents\\
For the cat who all the time\\
Controls their operations\\
[[ShoutOut The Napoleon of Crime!]]''\\
''Macavity's a ginger cat,\\
He's very tall and thin.\\
You would know him if you saw him,\\
For his eyes are sunken in.\\
His brow is deeply lined with thought,\\
His head is highly domed,\\
His coat is dusty from neglect,\\
His whiskers are uncombed.\\
He sways his head from side to side,\\
With movements like a snake.\\
And when you think he's half asleep,\\
He's always wide awake!''
** Compare with:
-->''He is extremely tall and thin, his forehead domes out in a white curve, and his two eyes are deeply sunken in this head. He is clean-shaven, pale, and ascetic-looking, retaining something of the professor in his features. His shoulders are rounded from much study, and his face protrudes forward, and is forever slowly oscillating from side to side in a curiously reptilian fashion.''
* DistractedByTheSexy:
** The Rum Tum Tugger's butt-shake apparently has a hypnotic effect on female cats, considering that he usually has a gaggle of them staring at it.
** The fascination with Bombalurina and Demeter's crotches the cameraman suddenly has when they're singing "Macavity".
* TheDreaded: Macavity. When he's mentioned there's sirens, thunder, lightning, and that disembodied laugh.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Rum Tum Tugger does a bagpipe solo during "The Pekes and The Pollicles." [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It gets funny when he does it during Munkustrap's dance with Rumpus Cat.]]
* EvilLaugh:
** Macavity. It's the only sound we ever hear him make, and is accompanied with flashing lights and thunder.
** In any production where Gus gives another performance as Growltiger, he inevitably does this at the start of "Growltiger's Last Stand".
* {{Expy}}: According to Lloyd Webber, the Rum Tum Tugger is intended to be an expy of Music/MickJagger. In the years after the play was originally produced, this has been 'upgraded' to JustinBieber. The Australian 2016 tour, at least, featured Rum Tum Tugger rapping his solos, wearing a backward baseball cap (with cat ears sticking out!), and 'fur' patterned with tribal tattoos.
* FantasticRacism: Growltiger hates Persian and Siamese cats.
* FauxPaw: Part of the cast's cat mannerisms, though not all the time.
* FemaleGaze: Rum Tum Tugger sure gets quite a lot of these in his big number.
* FoodAsBribe: Food is needed to gain a cat's respect, as described by Old Deuteronomy at the end of the show.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mistoffelees possessing magical powers is foreshadowed before Rum Tum Tugger reveals it. The opening songs state mystical cats exist; when Mukustrap asks Mistoffelees to open the car boot hiding the Gumbie Cat, he does so with magic; Macavity possesses powers of levitation and hypnosis, and vanishes by using electricity as if teleporting; and whenever there's a change in atmosphere symbolising something mystical (such as the approach of Old Deuteronomy), Mistoffelees is always the first to sense it. Mistoffelees ends up showing that he can teleport cats, control light, produce electricity, vanish in a burst of magic as if teleporting, and cats watching his Conjuring Turn get similar shakes to Munkustrap's hypnosis shakes during the Macavity fight.
* FormallyNamedPet: The Magical Mr. Mistoffelees (the only one of all the cats in the musical to be named that way).
%%* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Watch closely and you see some pretty surprising stuff...
* UsefulNotes/FurryFandom: What would you expect from a show about dancing, anthromorphic cats?
%%* GenkiGirl: Rumpleteazer and Etcetera.
%%* IAmSong: Mainly, it's a show of "S/he Is" Songs. The opening number is a collective "We Are."
* HarmlessVillain: Mungojerie and Rumpelteazer, who sure don't act like devoted servants of Macavity
* TheIngenue: Jemima, who tries to accept Grizabella and seems to tap into the truth of Grizabella's state of mind by joining her in song, becoming the first cat to finally accept her when she helps the struggling Grizabella to finish her climactic song.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Grizabella used to be beautiful but now she's old and ugly.
* KarmaHoudini: Macavity has "broken every human law", terrorized the Jellicles, and kidnapped Old Deuteronomy. He never pays for any of his crimes in the course of the musical, and his theme song suggests that he never has.
%%* KarmicDeath: Growltiger.
* LongRunners: Both Broadway and West End! In fact, the Broadway production was the longest running musical there [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera until another Lloyd Webber standard caught up]].
* LongTitle: "Of the Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles, Together With Some Account of Participation of the Pugs and the Poms and the Intervention of the Great Rumpuscat".
* MeaningfulName: The main point of the opening poem. The name is secret, though.
* MelancholyMoon: Just turn your face to the moon, Grizabella...
* MoodWhiplash:
** The rock'n'rollin' "The Rum Tum Tugger" is followed by the somber "Grizabella: The Glamour Cat," and that is followed by the peppy "Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town." The musical score [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this fact at the opening of "Bustopher Jones" with notes about how to play the piece: "A little hesistantly, as though the orchestra is changing the subject."
** Another example lies with "Gus: The Theatre Cat". After the extremely sad ending to the song, the music immediately changes to the happy, fun "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat".
* MusicalisInterruptus: During the opening number, someone drops a boot during the song; afterwards, the Jellicles pick up where they left off.
* NoodleIncident: Gus' grandest role, Firefrorefiddle the Fiend of the Fell.
* ObviouslyEvil: There's an entire passage in "Macavity" that describes how evil Macavity looks.
-->Macavity's a [[EvilRedhead ginger cat]], he's very [[LeanAndMean tall and thin]]\\
You'd know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in\\
His brow is deeply lined in thought, his head is highly domed\\
[[UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed]]\\
He sways his head from side to side with [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent movements like a snake]]\\
And when you think he's half asleep ''[[ParanoiaFuel HE'S ALWAYS WIDE AWAKE!]]''
* OnlySaneMan: Doubly present in the "Pekes and the Pollicles" segment. First, the Rumpus Cat is the only one animal not barking insanely at all the others. Secondly (with the exception of Rum Tum Tugger, who's playing the bagpipes) Munkustrap, being the narrator, and Deuteronomy, who is listening to the story, are the only cats who aren't dressed up in an absolutely ridiculous getup ON TOP of the the cat costumes.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping:
** Demeter's accent when she says 'Macavity!' varies between French and American, and it's all over the place during the VillainSong. It can be considered a bit of an enhancement to the song, given how nice her voice sounds in the first place.
** Rumpleteazer's voice as a chorus cat and in the introduction completely drops the cockney accent she bears in her own song. This aided people thinking she was dubbed, though her vocal credit was only for dubbed giggles.
* PricelessMingVase: Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer brag in their song about how they broke one of these (and probably others like it).
* RelativeButton: After Macavity kidnaps and then impersonates Old Deuteronomy, Munkustrap and Alonzo, two of the old cat's sons, are the first to face off against the fiend in feline shape.
* ShowWithinAShow: "The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles" and "Growltiger's Last Stand".
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Was is Mungojerrie or Rumpleteazer? Or Rumpelteazer, or Rumpleteaser, or Rumpelteaser? The original poems use the -el spelling, but the 1998 movie writes it with an -le.
* StairwayToHeaven: Or, more precisely, a ''tire'' to heaven. Other productions have their own version, including a ferris wheel gondola in the Swedish version.
* TotallyRadical: The [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime short-lived and critically panned]] [[WereStillRelevantDammit hip-hop "street cat" version]] of Rum Tum Tugger. He refers to himself as the "Jelli-coolest Cat" and calls Old Deuteronomy "Old D".
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: After the great Rumpus cat's number, he doesn't really have a choreographed exit. So once it finishes, he just sits down among all the other cats and attempts to discreetly make his way offscreen.
%%* VillainSong: "Mungojerie and Rumpelteazer".
* TheVillainSucksSong: Macavity, the Mystery Cat. It would be a VillainSong if he himself had sung it.
%%* WalkThePlank: Growltiger's final fate.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: The new version of the Rum Tum Tugger as introduced in the 2014 revival. He is now a cheeky young rapper complete with snapback as opposed to a camp 70s rockstar in his prime. This was received pretty poorly, and he's back to his old Mick Jaggery version for the 2016 Broadway version.