Mr. Mistoffelees with Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer

October 3, 2012

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I love the musical 'Cats'! LOOOOOOOOVE IT. I've been so incredibly fortunate to have seen it in Chicago (best dancing), Los Angeles (best singing) and London (best overall production, plus it was the first time I saw it.) I could happily go see it every other month or so, if I had the time, money, and opportunity.

I asked Andrew about his thoughts on 'Cats' because I knew it would be entertaining:

"It looks stupid and the music's awful. It's people in crummy cat makeup singing crummy songs. 

Especially that crappy 'Memories' song piece of *bleep*. (that means something naughty.)

I guess it's good that T.S Eliot died before he had to see that thing. 

But I've never seen it (!!!!!!!) so I don't really know, but it looks terrible."

Andrew is a musician, in addition to being a video game developer, therefore that means that he is a MUSICAL SNOB. And also, he doesn't know what he's talking about. You should hear his thoughts on 'Phantom of the Opera'. I guess he and Andrew Lloyd Webber won't be hangin' anytime soon.

Well now, back to 'Mr. Mistoffelees with Mugojerrie and Rumpelteazer', which I scooped up in a used bookstore. First. Amazing art. You see this, yes?? Second, this poem (originally from the poetry collection 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats', by the aforementioned T.S Eliot) is not what you'd first think of as a go-to Halloween book maybe? For small kids? Ok, so I got this last year when Julia was 5 and SHE FLIPPING LOVED IT, even though half of the vocab was too advanced for her and we had to explain every other word. She made us read it to her OVER AND OVER AND OVER. And a few more times after that.

There is something so fun about the rhyme structure and believe me when I say emphatically, she was ALL ABOUT THIS BOOK. When you start saying the words Mr. Mistoffelees and Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer out loud, well, I for one wanted to also start singing the song. Anyone remember the Mr. Mistoffelees song from the show?? IT'S SO AWESOME! The guy in Chicago who was dancing the part of Mr. Mistoffelees, omg he did about 45 pirouettes in a row super fast, it was amazing.

I just know Julia's going to looooooooove 'Cats' someday! Despite what her daddy says.




16 comments:

  1. Errol Le Cain is one awesome illustrator. We have 'Growltiger's Last Stand' but I didn't know there were more cats books! Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Totally my pleasure Miss Katie! This book is so unbelievably gorgeous!!

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  2. I love the artwork! And the names are awesome!

    Having never seen 'Cats', I can't weigh in on the debate. But, your recounting of the conversation was hilarious!

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    1. There was also much sighing and rolling of eyes when I first mentioned 'Cats'....

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  3. I like Cats, which isn't really a popular opinion in most theatre circles. It's a dance musical. The dancing is always pretty incredible, and I'm very jealous of dancers. I don't dance. At all. Nope.

    I love TS Eliot's original poems, though, and this book looks awesome! I've never seen any of them, besides the little orange book with the Gorey illustrations.

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    1. No dancing here either. When I used to any shows that had dancing in them, back when I did theater, I was in the BACK ROW, baby!

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  4. Never seen cats... but I would like to. My five year old was looking at this post over my shoulder as I read and asked if we had this book and if not could be please get it. Then he had me read the excerpts to him. :) looks wonderful!

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    1. You would love love it Robyn! (the book and the show!) And thank goodness I bleeped out Andrew's more objectionable language :)

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  5. It looks so great--and yes, she will LOVE Cats!! :)

    vanessa (silly eagle books)

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    1. because seriously, who doesn't love 'Cats'??!! (looking at you Mr. Andrew)

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  6. I have never seen the musical CATS yet :( The book looks awesome though! Gotta try to find it!

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    1. It's really fun, and the art still knocks me out, every time I look at it :O

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  7. Well played again, Andrew. I have to say I agree completely. And I saw Cats on Broadway (I was forced).

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    1. Why am I not surprised by any of this?? :)

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