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Grizabella was the wrong cat to die. After seeing CATS the Musical for the first time in July of 2016, podcast host Mike Abrams was filled with a whirlwind of emotions. He was amused, confused, and a little angry. Almost exactly three years later when the 2019 CATS movie trailer came out, Mike had enough. It was time to speak his truth – Grizabella was the wrong Cat to Die at the Jellicle Ball. In this podcast, Mike interviews CATS cast members, CATS superfans, CATS haters, and explores the backstories of the Jellicle characters all to make a case for why they were more worthy to ascend to the Heaviside Layer than Grizabella.Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

Grizabella was the wrong cat to die. After seeing CATS the Musical for the first time in July of 2016, podcast host Mike Abrams was filled with a whirlwind of emotions. He was amused, confused, and a little angry. Almost exactly three years later when the 2019 CATS movie trailer came out, Mike had enough. It was time to speak his truth – Grizabella was the wrong Cat to Die at the Jellicle Ball. In this podcast, Mike interviews CATS cast members, CATS superfans, CATS haters, and explores the backstories of the Jellicle characters all to make a case for why they were more worthy to ascend to the Heaviside Layer than Grizabella.Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

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Grizabella was the wrong cat to die. After seeing CATS the Musical for the first time in July of 2016, podcast host Mike Abrams was filled with a whirlwind of emotions. He was amused, confused, and a little angry. Almost exactly three years later when the 2019 CATS movie trailer came out, Mike had enough. It was time to speak his truth – Grizabella was the wrong Cat to Die at the Jellicle Ball. In this podcast, Mike interviews CATS cast members, CATS superfans, CATS haters, and explores the backstories of the Jellicle characters all to make a case for why they were more worthy to ascend to the Heaviside Layer than Grizabella.Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep36 - Michael Kushner, Quaxo at American Heritage School (Host of the Dear Multi-Hyphenate Podcast)

2/23/2021
Pyrotechnics. The Junkyard as a bombed out World War II cathedral. Individual makeup artists. A $44,000 production budget. This episode features fellow Broadway Podcast Network host Michael Kushner who performed in the most elaborate high school production of CATS in the US History**. Michael and I discuss how we would cast World War II historic figures as CATS characters, all the crazy things his south Florida high school production of CATS did to the show, and why he thinks the show is...

Duration:00:44:13

Ep35 - Emma Caymares, Not Victoria (Celia on Call Your Mother)

2/10/2021
"My goal was not to be Victoria; it was just to be an a**hole and wear a white unitard." This episode dives into one of the grandest CATS audition you'll ever hear. Emma Caymares, who starred on Broadway as Veruca Salt in the original cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and as Wendy in the original cast of Finding Neverland, discusses her infamous audition and how she always stays true to herself. Check Emma out on ABC's new sitcom Call Your Mother. Check out Emma on Instagram:...

Duration:00:50:30

Ep34 - Adam Richardson, Old Deuteronomy on National Tour

1/26/2021
This episode features Adam Richardson who played Old Deuteronomy on the CATS National Tour. Adam shares his strong opinion on why Victoria shouldn't be the first one to touch Grizabella before Memory at the end of the show, how his opera and booth singer experience related to playing Old Deut, and why he agrees with me that Peter is the worst Cat in the show. Check out Adam on Instagram: @atomrich_12 Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied...

Duration:00:51:18

Ep33 - Nat Kelley DiMario, CATS Superfan who saw the 2016 Broadway Revival 88x!

1/5/2021
This episode features CATS superfan Nat DiMario who saw the 2016 Broadway revival 88 times! Hear Nat explain their fandom, how they were able to see nearly 15% of the performances, and give the background on how their conversation with the actors lead to the infamous Tuggershanks rumor. Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:56

Ep32 - Fergie L. Philippe, Old Deuteronomy at Elon University (Hamilton)

12/14/2020
This episode features Fergie L. Philippe who stars as James Madison in the Broadway production of Hamilton but also played a wild weekend as Old Deuteronomy during the Elon University Production of CATS. Fergie shares how his Elon production utilized a Beyonce and Elvis cat, how CATS influenced his career, and how we would cast Hamilton characters as Cats aka HamilCATS. Check out Fergie on all social media platforms: @fergsters95 Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram...

Duration:00:50:57

Ep31 - Sarah M Jenkins, Jennyanydots from the 2016 Revival

12/8/2020
This episode features Sarah M. Jenkins who played Jennyanydots during the 2016 Broadway revival. Sarah shares her incredible 16 point summary of CATS, tells a behind the scenes secret to the Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer number, and educates me how the tour used a "bounce castle" set in certain cities. #DoKickGetCheck Check out Sarah on all social media platforms: @sarahmjenkins Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:55:54

Ep30 - Jamie DuMont & Rob Russo: A "Fabulous Invalid" Crossover

12/1/2020
This episode features the hosts of the brilliant podcast The Fabulous Invalid, Jamie DuMont and Rob Russo. Jame and Rob educate me on the deep history of CATS, their love of the show, Rob's Stage Left thesis on CATS, and everything else you might want to know about the history of the show. Check out Jamie on Instagram: @troutinnyc Check out Jamie on Twitter: @jamiedumont Check out Rob on all social media platforms: @stageleft_nyc Check out Rob's Stage Left website: www.stageleft.nyc Check...

Duration:01:09:20

Ep29 - Jonalyn Saxer, Swing from the 2016 Broadway Revival

11/18/2020
This episode features Jonalyn Saxer who was a swing during the 2016 Broadway revival covering Bombalurina, Cassandra, Demeter, Jennyanydots, and Tantomile. Jonalyn discusses what it's like learning multiple tracks, her experience seeing CATS on the West End as a kid, and how her family hates the musical. Check out Jonalyn on Instagram: @jksaxer Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:55:51

Bonus - Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS With Love, Now and Forever! CATS4COVID Relief

10/23/2020
Bonus Episode: With Love, Now and Forever! CATS4COVID Relief is a fundraiser conceived by and featuring the cast of the third national tour of CATS. The company of theater artists reunites after 34 years to create an upbeat, inspiring celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international musical phenomenon to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Mike is joined by award-winning director Jonathan Cerullo who conceived and produced the fundraiser, Broadway choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter who...

Duration:01:13:13

Ep28 - Bret Shuford, Swingleshanks from CATS Regional Theatre

10/13/2020
This episode features Bret Shuford who starred in TWO regional productions of CATS as a swing and Skimbleshanks. Bret discusses how CATS is learned from the "outside in," what it was like performing at a dinner theatre known for their peach melba, and why, like most people, he's Team Gus. Check out Bret on all social media platforms: @bretshuford Check out Bret's website: www.bretshuford.com/ Check out Bret's The Broadway Husbands Podcast:...

Duration:00:30:28

Ep27 - Annemarie Rosano, Jelly from the National Tour

9/29/2020
This episode features Annemarie Rosano who played Jellylorum on the CATS National Tour. Annemarie discusses how the Cats relationship in her production are based on their staging, Jelly's sexual attraction to Bustopher, and why, as Jelly, she's obviously Team Gus. Check out Annemarie on Instagram: @annemarierosano Check out Annemarie's website: www.annemarierosano.com Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:47:52

Ep26 - Lauren Elder, 8 year old CATS star

9/15/2020
This episode features Lauren Elder who started in her own one-woman production of CATS in her garage in LA as an 8 year old. You may recognize Lauren from her Broadway performance in Hair, from TV on Law & Order SVU, or from her new album. Lauren discusses her childhood performance, gives incredible examples of how she would perform each character, and shares her experience dancing with the cast of CATS at Club Cumming. Link to Lauren's experience dancing with Cats discussed in the episode:...

Duration:00:43:24

Ep25 - Georgina Pazcoguin, Victoria from the 2016 Revival

9/1/2020
This episode features Georgina Pazcoguin who played Victoria during the 2016 Broadway revival. Georgina discusses being recruited for CATS, her relationship with Dame Gillian Lynne, and gives a thoughtful defense on why she believes Grizabella was the right cat to die. Check out Georgina on Instagram: @georgina_pazcoguin Check out Georgina's website: georginapazcoguin.com Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:49:26

Ep24 - Ryan La Sala, YA Author & CATS Superfan

8/18/2020
This episode features CATS superfan and YA fantasy author Ryan La Sala whose professional author bio says that he "loves CATS the musical unironically." Ryan and I discuss why he's obsessed with the show, how he tricks his friends into going to see it with him, and how he'd write the CATS 2 sequel. Check out Ryan on Instagram: @ry_la_sa Check out Ryan on Twitter: @Ryality Check out Ryan's website and books: www.ryanlasala.com Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway...

Duration:00:46:05

Ep23 - Eloise Kropp, Jennyanydots from the 2016 Revival

7/30/2020
This episode features Eloise Kropp who played Jennyanydots during the 2016 Broadway revival. Eliose discusses her one act middle school production of CATS, why she thinks CATS is just a version of Chorus Line, and all the things she was told "Jenny wouldn't do." Check out Eloise on Instagram: @eloisekropp Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:33

Ep22 - Flynn Lockett, CATS Superfan (@TheJellicleJunkyard)

7/7/2020
This episode features CATS superfan Flynn Lockett who runs a fan Instagram page called @TheJellicleJunkyard and is the number one contributor to Quora answers related to CATS. Flynn explains how he became a superfan and dives deep into the world of CATS Tumblr. Check out Flynn on Instagram: @TheJellicleJunkyard Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:44:34

Ep21 - Lili Froehlich, Electra from the 2016 Revival

6/23/2020
This episode features Lili Froehlich who played Electra during the 2016 Broadway revival. Lili discusses how all of the characters have elaborate backstories and we discuss a few of my made up theories. Check out Lili on Instagram: @lilifro Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:32:38

Ep20 - Peter, because we had to

5/19/2020
This episode talks about the worst character in the entire musical Peter. Since there is not a single written word about Peter on the internet, hear me make everything up including my theory on Peter's real role in the play and his true significance for Grizabella. Plus, I introduce you to Gilbert, my new favorite Cat. Peter Ranking: -9 out of 9 Bonus Gilbert Ranking: 1 out of 9 The Naming of the Cats | Cats the Musical Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast...

Duration:00:17:09

Bonus - Crossover Interview with Call Me Adam

5/12/2020
Bonus Episode: This episode is part of a conversation I had with fellow Broadway Podcast Network host Adam Rothenberg. Adam is the host of Baring it All With Call Me Adam which is a different kind of interview as he asks the heartfelt and fun questions most other podcasts don't. Adam also hates CATS. I hopped in the hot seat with Adam and then asked him his thoughts on Grizabella and the Heaviside Layer. Here is a snapshot of our conversation. You can hear the full episode on Adam's podcast...

Duration:00:33:06

Ep19 - Victoria, what does she do again?

4/7/2020
This episode talks about our dancer and movie protagonist Victoria. Hear my breakdown of Victoria's musical and movie story arcs. Plus, I explain why the movie Dirty Dancing reminds me so much of Cats. Victoria Ranking: Incomplete out of 9 Watch her performance here. Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:47