Cats under the Jellicle Moon


Of the awful battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles
together with some account of the the participation of the Pugs and the Poms
and the intervention of the Great Rumpuscat

(a performance for Old Deuteronomy, sung & "directed" by Munkustrap)

The Pekes and the Pollicles, everyone knows,
Are proud and implacable passionate foes;
It is always the same, wherever one goes.
And the Pugs and the Poms, although most people say
That they do not like fighting, yet once, in a way
They now and again join in the fray.
And they
Bark bark bark bark
Bark bark BARK BARK

Until you can hear them all over the Park.
Now on the occasion of which I shall speak
Almost nothing had happened for nearly a week
(And that's a long time for a Poll or a Peke).
The big Police Dog was away from his beat -
I don't know the reason, but most people think
He'd slipped into the Wellington's Arms for a drink -
And no one at all was about on the street
When a Peke and a Pollicle happened to meet.

They did not advance, or exactly retreat,
But they glared at each other and scraped their hind feet, Harry Groener as Munkustrap on Broadway
And started to

Bark bark bark bark
Bark bark BARK BARK

Until you could hear them all over the Park.
and they

Bark bark bark bark
Bark bark BARK BARK

Until you could hear them all over the Park.
Now the Peke, although people may say what they please,
Is no British Dog, but a Heathen Chinese.
And so all the Pekes, when they heard the uproar,
Some came to the window, some came to the door;
There were surely a dozen, more likely a score.

And together they started to grumble and wheeze
In their huffery-snuffery Heathen Chinese. Jack Ribaldi as Munkustrap in London
But a terrible din is what Pollicles like,
for your Pollicle Dog is a dour Yorkshire tyke,

There are dogs out of every nation,
The Irish, the Welsh and the Dane;
The Russian, the Dutch the Dalmatian,
And even from China and Spain;
The Poodle, the Pom, the Alsatian
And the mastiff who walks on a chain

And to those that are frisky and frollical
Let my meaning be perfectly plain;
That my name it is Little Tom Pollicle--
And you'd better not do it again

And his braw Scottish cousins are snappers and biters,
And every dog-jack of them notable fighters;
And so they stepped out, with their pipers in order, Jeff Shankley as Munkustrap in the London production of Cats
Playing When the Blue Bonnets Came Over the Border.

Then the Pugs and the Poms held no longer aloof,
But some from the balcony, some from the roof,
Joined in
To the din
With a

Bark bark bark bark
Bark bark BARK BARK

Until you could hear them all over the Park.

huffery-snuffery, huffery-snuffery, huffery-snuffery, huffery-snuff

Until you could hear them all over the Park.
When these bold heroes together assembled,
The traffic all stopped, and the Underground trembled,
And some of the neighbors were so much afraid
That they started to ring up the Fire Brigade.
When suddenly, up from a small basement flat,
Why who should stalk out but the GREAT RUMPUSCAT.

His eyes were like fireballs fearfully blazing, Michael Gruber as Munkustrap with the Cats
He gave a great yawn, and his jaws were amazing;
And when he looked out through the bars of the area,
You never saw anything fiercer or hairier.
And what with the glare of his eyes and his yawning,
The Pekes and the Pollicles quickly took warning.
He looked at the sky and he gave a great leap -
And they every last one of them scattered like sheep.

And when the Police Dog returned to his beat,
There wasn't a single one left on the street.

All hail and all bow to the GREAT RUMPUSCAT!

Jeffry Denman as Munkustrap in CATS Some photos were scanned from CATS: The Book of the Musical

A bit of Munk history:
Jeff Shankley originated the role of Munkustrap in London in 1981. Thanks to Trude of Absolute Munkustrap for the photo. Michael Gruber played him in the video. Harry Groener was the first Munkustrap on Broadway. Jeffry Denman was the last Munkustrap on Broadway. I was lucky enough to see him a few months before the show closed. I'd been looking for a photo of him in costume for years and a generous CATS fan sent me this photo of Jeffry in email. She doesn't want a reciprocal link so I'll just give her my thanks :-)

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Cats the musical & cast photos copyright The Really Useful Group Ltd.
Musical score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Lyrics based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, additional words by Trevor Nunn & Richard Stilgoe
Meditative Cat graphics & all text descriptions copyright 2000-2005 Catresea Ann Canivan