i am a die hard cats fan (the 1998 version), and by God above, everytime elaine paige sings, “you see the border of her coat is torn and stained with sand / and you see the corner of her eyes twist / like a crooked pin” i just- CHILLS. every single time.
Tell me all about revival Gus and Deuteronomy after you complete your essay.
Deuteronomy was always watching Gus because they existed through each others previous lives, and he’s on his ninth and final life right now so he chose that life to spend with his dear theatre cat
They have many kids: Asparagus Jr and JellyLorum were conceived through magic, GrizaBella and MunkuStrap were adopted, Macavity and Tugger were made with a surrogate, and CoricoPat and Tantomile were adopted.
(Why? Asparagus Jr and JellyLorum are always Gus’ kids to me. Macavity, Tugger, and MunkuStrap are always Deuteronomy’s kids to me. GrizaBella is young in the revival and she is silver like MunkuStrap. CoricoPat and Tantomile clearly have some connection to Deut.)
Gus has dementia these days. The only cats he fully recognizes are JellyLorum and Old Deuteronomy. He mistakes MunkuStrap for GrizaBella and Tugger for Macavity and the two of them have a hard time being near him because they can’t stand seeing him like that. He doesn’t remember Asparagus Jr, CoricoPat, or Tantomile at all.
Tugger, JellyLorum, and MunkuStrap have serious grudges against GrizaBella. They blame her for their father having to go through an extra year of suffering because she just showed up and got chosen instead of him. They don’t hold a grudge against Deuteronomy because they know that The Everlasting Cat has a very large role in choosing who gets to be reborn so it wasn’t entirely him.
Gus is reborn the next ball. He doesn’t sing at all this time and his children preform his plays. He doesn’t fully understand what’s happening until he’s just about to go to The Heaviside Layer. He blinks in recognition and asks Deut what’s happening. Deuteronomy explains it to him and Gus admits that he doesn’t want to leave everyone. Deut reassures him that it’s for the best and they embrace once more before he goes. Gus is reborn as Peter, the son of Asparagus Jr and SkimbleShanks.
Gus named Tugger “Firefrorefiddle” and he was known as that until he found his true Jellicle name of “Rum Tum Tugger”. Tugger was his favorite and he inherited a lot of Gus’ eccentrics.
Macavity was watching in the shadows when Gus left. Even he was glad that his suffering ended.
Deuteronomy convinced Gus to try and be reborn. He knew that he didn’t want his life of theatre to end there.
Of course I turned all of this into angst. All well, enjoy!
After being scolded by Munkustrap for scratching Grizabella, Pouncival and Tumblebrutus huddle in disgrace - and when Demeter tries to approach Tumblebrutus, Pouncival cuts her off. A strange bit of interaction - made even stranger by the fact that she looks chastised, rather than ignoring or scolding him as a silly kitten.
This is Oasis/RCCL cast 4 (2016), in which Pete Simpson (Tumblebrutus) and Alyson Larkin (Demeter) built something like romance between their characters. Is Pouncival jealous, perhaps? Or just grumpy about being told off?
Pouncival is Thomas Bedford, Grizabella is Angela Calo.
Ok but I wanna talk about my hcs for baby Tugger and Grizabella🥺💕
So when he was little, they were extremely close. Old D can be really chill, but Grizabella was absolutely W I L D when she was younger. Her and baby Tugger would always go around doing fun things together, as she affectionately called him "my little rockstar". Like theyd sing, dance, and play games together all the time. Grizabella also always stuck up for him and believed in him. Tugger felt like his mom was the only one who really understood him. So when she left when they were little, Tugger took it especially hard. He no longer had his mom to ground and support him. His father was unsure of his whole "rockstar" persona, Mac called him a little brat, and Munk always wanted Tugger to be more calm. No one saw his side of things, quite like how she had. Tugger always thought he had something to do with her leaving, thinking that he was THAT bad of a kid, she no longer wanted him. Over time, he grew a bitter attitude towards her, secretly always missing her. Wishing that'd she come back. Infact he was lowkey kinda happy that his family was almost back together when his Dad chose her as the Jellicle Choice.