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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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The Wrong Cat Died is a parody theatre podcast made by a theatre outsider. 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 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 mini-series, Mike breaks down a handful of the characters and makes a case for why they were more worthy to ascend to the Jellicle Heaven than Grizabella. Each episode covers a bit of background about the cat in question, pop culture parallels, the internet rumor mill, and some of Mike's favorite YouTube comments. Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode explores the Jellicle Patriarch Old Deuteronomy. We get introduced to Old Deuteronomy after the first ballet dance number by some insignificant cat. OD is probably the closest thing we get to an early plot line in the musical. He’s introduced as the Jellicle patriarch and the ultimate decision maker. He decides which one of the cats will be reborn into a new life on the Heaviside Layer at the end of the show. He is described as being wise in his many years and is respected and beloved by most the of the Tribe. Old Deuteronomy Ranking: 2.5 out of 9 Watch his 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
This episode talks about our motherly figure, Jennyanydots. If you had any doubts about this show’s weirdness, Jenny is about to blow your mind. Hear about Jenny's daily naps and nightly classroom sessions in Episode 2! Jennyanydots Ranking: 3 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
This episode talks about the rockstar cat, Rum Tum Tugger. For he will do as he do do. And there's no doing anything about it. Hear about the fan favorite and his one disastrous change in Episode 3! Rum Tum Tugger Ranking: 8.5 out of 9 Watch his 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
This episode talks about the fat cat, Bustopher Jones. Bustopher Jones is fat, funky, and down for some naughty stuff. Hear about the this big boy and his pimp spoon in Episode 4! Bustopher Jones Ranking: 3.5 out of 9 Watch his 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
This episode features Maria Failla who is currently traveling with Cats the Musical as a Booth Singer. She also was a Booth Singer during the 2016 Broadway revival. Maria and Mike discuss the musical, fan theories, and who Maria thinks is more worthy to die than Grizabella. Check out Maria on Instagram: @mvf10 & @bloomandgrowradio Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode talks about our klepto kitties, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer. Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer perform an extremely intricate duet dance number that steals the show. Hear about "these horrible cats" in Episode 5! BONUS: Hear fellow Broadway Podcast Network host Josh Lamon from Josh Swallows Broadway sing Mike's original lyrics about Mungojerrie & Rumpleteazer (plus his own improvised lyrics at the end of the episode)! Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer Ranking: 4.5 out of 9 Watch their 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
This episode talks about emotional theatre cat, Asparagus, aka Gus. Gus is the emotional break just after intermission that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Hear about how a legend performed as Gus in the 1998 movie in Episode 6! BONUS: Hear a snippet from our bonus episode with Christopher Gurr, who played Gus in the 2016 Broadway revival! Gus Ranking: 7 out of 9 Watch his 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
This episode features Christopher Gurr who played Gus and Bustopher Jones during the 2016 Broadway revival. Christopher and Mike discuss the musical, fan theories, and who Christopher thinks is more worthy to die than Grizabella. They also go over why parents should NOT bring children to the show. Check out Christopher on Instagram & Twitter: @christophergurr Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode talks about antagonist, Macavity. Macavity wreaks havoc and then leaves the stage leaving two kittens to sing one of the most sexually charged songs of the entire play. Listen to hear all of the terrible things Macavity is accused of doing in Episode 7! BONUS: Hear a snippet from our bonus episode with Christine Cornish Smith, who played Bombalurina in the 2016 Broadway revival and sings Macavity's song! Macavity Ranking: 1 out of 9 Watch his 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
This episode features Christine Cornish Smith who played Bombalurina in the 2016 Broadway revival. Christine and Mike discuss the musical, fan theories, and who Christine thinks is more worthy to die than Grizabella. They also explore her characters complex relationship with Macavity. Check out Christine on Instagram & Twitter: @christinecornish Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode talks about Skimbleshanks, the railway cat. Skimbleshanks keeps the train on time while bribing our judge with a mouse. Listen to hear how Skimbleshanks builds a train on stage and blinds the first few rows in Episode 8! Skimbleshank Ranking: 4 out of 9 Watch his 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
Bonus Episode: Mike is joined by Josh Lamon from Josh Swallows Broadway to watch the second Cats trailer. Hear their live reactions to the new trailer and get excited to see the movie this December. Follow along with them and watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/gNTDoOmc1OQ Follow Josh's podcast Josh Swallows Broadway via http://BPN.fm/JSB. Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode features Sara Jean Ford who played Jellylorum during the 2016 Broadway revival. Sara and Mike discuss Sara's backstories for the cats and who she thinks is more worthy to die than Grizabella. Check out Sara on Instagram: @sweetford Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode talks about the magical Mr. Mistoffelees. Hear about all of the magic Mr. Mistoffelees does on stage and about his complex relationship with Rum Tum Tugger. Plus, I dig deep int the fan fiction world reading a snippet from my favorite story in Episode 9!  Mr. Mistoffelees Ranking: 8.5 out of 9 Part 1 of his performance here. Part 2 of his 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
This episode does the unthinkable. I'm doing my civic duty and telling you everything you need to know about Grizabella. Hear about all why she's the wrong cat to die as I make up vicious rumors and explain why her character is not even in the original book in Episode 10! Grizabella Ranking: INCOMPLETE 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
Get your movie review here, folks! Step right up, step right up! Mike was invited to see an early screening of CATS the movie! Hear Mike and Alan (from The Theatre Podcast) breakdown the movie, discuss the crazy ending, and give a few award CATegories at the end. Seriously, what did they watch? Hear the good, the bad, and the furry. Don't forget to see the Cats Movie in theaters starting December 20th, 2019!  Disclaimer: Mike is a horrible reviewer. In college he gave I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry an A- (read that review 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
This episode features Mamie Parris who played Grizabella during the 2016 Broadway revival. Mamie and Mike discuss why she thinks her character was the most worthy to win and why Mike disagrees.   Check out Mamie on Instagram: @MamieParrisOfficial Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
LIVE from BroadwayCon 2020 in New York City, hear our CATS debate with Nancy Opel, Tommy Bracco, Christopher Gurr, Christine Cornish Smith, and Michael Kushner. Each panelist pulled a random cat out of a hat and made a case why they deserved to ascend to the Heaviside Layer over Grizabella. Tell us who you think should have won by commenting on Instagram @TheWrongCatDied!  Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode features Tyler Hanes who played Rum Tum Tugger during the 2016 Broadway revival. Tyler finally sets the record straight on all of the crazy Tugger rumors and shares behind the scenes stories from the cast, crotch thrusts included. Check out Tyler on Instagram: @TheTylerHanes Music by: Anthony Norman Produced by: Alan Seales & Broadway Podcast Network Instagram & Twitter: @TheWrongCatDied Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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