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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.

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English


Episodes

Ep94 - Kelliann DeCarlo, Swing on US National Tour 6

11/22/2022
"I wore Leona's leotard on tour." This episode features Kelliann DeCarlo who was a swing on the most recent 6th US CATS National Tour covering Grizabella and Jellylorum. Hear Kelliann discuss having Jacob Brent as a teacher in college, the differences between learning cats in a regional production vs on tour, and her explanation on Grizabella's personal development throughout the show. Plus, Kelliann goes deep into different theories she has on the characters. Check out Kelliann on Instagram...

Duration:00:51:16

Ep93 - Will Roland, Broadway Star & Cats Fan

11/8/2022
"What if Harrison Ford wanted to come in and be Gus?" This episode features Broadway star and CATS fan Will Roland. Hear Will talk about CATS being his first show, why he thinks they should stunt cast Gus, his hate for Bustopher Jones, and why Grizabella is actually his Jellicle choice. Plus, Mike and Will explore which cat would be which character on Showtime's Billions. Check out Will on Instagram: @actually_will_roland Check out Will on Twitter: @will_roland Check out Will's website:...

Duration:00:44:11

Ep92 - Robyn Tempest, Grizabella on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Oasis of the Seas

10/25/2022
"I once got punched in the face doing Green Eyes." This episode features Robyn Tempest who played Grizabella on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Oasis of the Seas. Hear Robyn talk about how the new cruise version of CATS is only 90 minutes, some of her crazy stories on the ship, and about how when she was first cast she didn't really want the part. Plus, hear Robyn tell a horrifying story about how she belted Memory one night and had zero reaction from the crowd. Check out Robyn on Instagram &...

Duration:00:58:09

Ep91 - Ahmad Simmons, Alonzo on 2016 Broadway Revival

10/18/2022
"I got my equity card doing CATS in Pittsburgh." This episode features Ahmad Simmons who was Alonzo in the 2016 Broadway revival of CATS. Hear Ahmad share stories about doing different choreography of the show between productions, making his Broadway debut in CATS, and how he feels about Alonzo's backstory. Plus, Ahmad talks about his new show Only Gold which is currently running in the MCC Theater in NYC and his Broadway Cares Halloween show this October. Check out Ahmad on Instagram:...

Duration:00:33:30

Ep90 - Keri René Fuller, Grizabella on US National Tour 6

10/11/2022
"I don't think (Grizabella) expected, at all, to be chosen to go to the Heaviside Layer." This episode features Keri René Fuller who is currently performing as Jane Seymour in SIX on Broadway and played Grizabella in the US National Tour 6 of CATS before the pandemic. Hear Keri share how she had to learn the show with limited backstory, her theories on Grizabella's reason for coming back to the tribe, and her defense for Gus. Plus, Keri and Mike compare the Cats to the SIX Queens. Check out...

Duration:00:56:25

Ep89 - Terrence Mann, Rum Tum Tugger in Original Broadway Cast

10/4/2022
"I remember the Tugger was shooting people with a water pistol and I knew that wouldn't fly in New York." This episode features Terrence Mann who originated the role of the Rum Tum Tugger on the original Broadway production. Hear Terrence talk about his audition process, how he had fun with the crowd during the show, and share some incredible stories from the early days of Cats. He also throws out a theory that the Jellicle cats are independent and live separately until they come together...

Duration:00:44:59

Ep88 - Elana Valastro, Swing on US National Tour 6

9/27/2022
"Our director Kim said that as a swing, the first time you go on, just make sure nobody dies." This episode features Elana Valastro who was a swing on the most recent 6th US CATS National Tour. Hear Elana share wild stories as a swing including the time she came in as Rumpleteazer mid show the day before the tour opening. Plus, Elana tells Mike what she remembers about all of the backstories for the cats. Check out Elana on Instagram: @elanavalastro Check out Elana's website:...

Duration:00:56:13

Ep87 - Emily Jeanne Phillips, Jennyanydots on US National Tour 6

9/20/2022
"Jenny came out tap dancing and I was like 'that's me.'" This episode features Emily Jeanne Phillips who played Jennyanydots on the 6th US CATS National Tour before the pandemic. Hear Emily share a bunch of new CATS theories including the idea that Grizabella tired to come back to the tribe multiple times but never actually came back, that Rumpleteazer is Jennyanydot's daughter, and asks an important question on if the cats perform every year for the ball or if the competition changes each...

Duration:00:46:05

Ep86 - Kim Criswell, Grizabella in 1985 Los Angeles Production (US National Tour 2)

9/13/2022
"John (Napier) gets a magic marker and starts shading. That's how he created people's shadings." This episode features Kim Criswell who played Grizabella in the 1985 Los Angeles Production which is sometimes called the US National Tour 2 despite not touring. Hear Kim share about how John Napier designed the costumes, some crazy sayings from Gillian Lynne, and how she navigated being the one outsider from New York in a cast full of performers from Los Angeles. Plus, Kim shares a little known...

Duration:00:51:56

Ep85 - Dori Berinstein & Sammi Cannold, The Show Must Go On

9/6/2022
"Anyone who works on CATS, within a few weeks of working on it you become indoctrinated in it." This episode features Dori Berinstein & Sammi Cannold who produced the documentary The Show Must Go On which chronicles the 2020 South Korea production of Cats and Phantom of the Opera. Dori and Sammi share how the idea for the documentary came about, how Sammi's love for the show grew during filming, Dori's defense of Grizabella, and Sammi's unique defense for Baby Grizz. Plus, Sammi promised to...

Duration:00:56:02

Ep84 - Sean McManus, Tumblebrutus on US National Tour 6

8/23/2022
"I think Tumblebrutus has the 'I just can't wait to be king' complex." This episode features Sean McManus who played Tumblebrutus on the 6th US CATS National Tour and is currently in the ensemble of Beetlejuice. Hear Sean share how the 2016 Broadway revival was his first experience with CATS, his defense for Grizabella as the Jellicle choice, and how he started doing his incredible impressions on Tik Tok. Plus, Sean and Mike compare cats to the Beetlejuice characters. Check out Sean on...

Duration:00:42:59

Ep83 - Linus Karp, Comedian, How To Live A Jellicle Life, Life Lessons From the 2019 Hit Movie CATS

8/9/2022
"My partner describes it as a Ted Talk from hell." This episode features Linus Karp who is a comedian who has a hit show called "How To Live A Jellicle Life, Life Lessons From the 2019 Hit Movie CATS" based on his experience seeing the 2019 movie. Hear Linus share how he created his show after seeing the movie, how he compares Cats as Eurovision, and his defense for Grizabella. Plus, be sure to check out Linus' Jellicle name generator. Check out everything Linus has to offer at:...

Duration:01:07:38

Ep82 - Alexandra Bowman, Satirist, Arts Critic, & CATS Movie Fan

7/26/2022
"It's shocking how much of the show's ethos matches my personality." This episode features Alexandra Bowman, a satirist and superfan of CATS who loved the 2019 movie! Hear Alexandra discuss how her initiation to CATS was the 2019 movie, how she has written multiple parody articles about the movie and musical, about her CATS cosplay, and her defense for Munkustrap as her Jellicle choice. Plus, Alex and Mike take a deep dive into the 2019 movie from all kinds of angles you never realized you...

Duration:01:08:49

LIVE: Debating CATS at BroadwayCon 2022 with Zach Bravo, Zach Raffio, Jesse McAnally, and Andrew DeWolf

7/19/2022
LIVE from BroadwayCon 2022 in New York City, hear our CATS debate with Zach Bravo (US National Tour 6 Rum Tum Tugger), Zach Raffio (Founder of The Broadway Beat), Jesse McAnally (Musicals With Cheese co-host), and Andrew DeWolf (Musicals With Cheese co-host). Each panelist pulled a random cat out of a hat and made the case why they deserved to ascend to the Heaviside Layer over Grizabella. Tell us who you think should have won by commenting on Twitter, Instagram, or Tik Tok @TheWrongCatDied!...

Duration:00:39:42

Ep81 - Christopher Salvaggio, Skimbleshanks US on National Tour 6

7/12/2022
"Kim Kardashian is Grizabella in her prime." This episode features Christopher Salvaggio, who played Skimbleshanks on the current 6th US CATS National Tour. Hear Chris discuss how he views the entirety of Skimble's life, how he get involved in Tik Tok during the pandemic, why he thinks Skimble was the Jellicle choice before Grizz showed up, and his defense for Gus as his Jellicle choice. Plus, since Chris is a huge reality TV fan, Chris and Mike compare cats to the Kardashians. Check out...

Duration:00:44:08

Ep80 - Sean Chandler, Host of Your Program Is Your Ticket

6/28/2022
"The CATS giveth and the CATS taketh away because the cats have battered me around so much my brain explodes with CATS." This episode features Sean Chandler who is the host of Broadway Podcast Network's show Your Program is Your Ticket. Hear Sean discuss he saw CATS initially as part of a high school trip, how CATS has been a rollercoaster in his own life, and XXX. Plus, Sean shares how CATS helped him realize his husband was his soulmate. Check out Your Program is Your Ticket on Instagram:...

Duration:00:56:03

Ep79 - Zach Bravo, Rum Tum Tugger US on National Tour 6

6/14/2022
"Chrissie said, 'don't ad-lib.' You cannot compete with T. S. Eliot." This episode features Zach Bravo who played Rum Tum Tugger on the current 6th US CATS National Tour. Hear Zach discuss how he knew that he was going to be a Tugger from a young age, how he pulled from Metallica for his rock influence, and how he created "Tugger Talk" for Tik Tok. Plus, since Zach is a huge Star Wars fan, Zach and Mike compare cats to Star Wars characters and Zach shares his wild, maniacal laugh. Check out...

Duration:00:51:01

Ep78 - Hyla Perillo, Victoria US on National Tour 6

5/31/2022
"I believe Victoria was reborn from the Heaviside Layer which is why Old Deuteronomy is so fascinated with her." This episode features Hyla Perillo who is Victoria on the current 6th US CATS National Tour. Hear Hyla discuss her Victoria headcons, her interpretation of Victoria representing the Jellicle Moon, and her theory on Victoria being last year's Jellicle choice. . Plus, Hyla and Mike pick their Jellicle choices for the next 3 years. Check out Hyla on Instagram and Tik Tok:...

Duration:00:47:10

Ep77 - Caitlin Bond, Victoria US on National Tour 6

5/17/2022
"Everything Gillian Lynne did was on a piano or flute and everything Andy Blankenbuehler did was on a drumbeat." This episode features Caitlin Bond who was Victoria on the 6th US CATS National Tour before the pandemic. Hear Caitlin discuss her ballet dance background, her emotional experience in the final show before the pandemic, how shocked she was learning the story of CATS during rehearsals, and her passionate argument for Gus as her Jellicle choice. Plus, hear Caitlin share how she...

Duration:01:04:50

Ep76 - Jamie Grayson, TheBabyGuyNYC and Skimbleshanks in 5 Regional Productions

5/3/2022
"They name the food in Ohio. We were joking that we wanted a Rum Tum Tuna Casserole." This episode features Jamie Grayson who is better known as TheBabyGuyNYC but also played Skimbleshanks in 5 regional productions and designed makeup for 2 more productions. Jamie might know more stories about CATS than anyone else in the world and shares some of his craziest examples. Plus, Jamie reveals a major secret on the show that he's never told the world. Check out Jamie on Instagram & Tik Tok:...

Duration:00:57:13