The Cat in the Castle

by  Bill Solly

Short Musical  /  3m, 2f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

"What give the show a special charm are Bill Solly's frolicking music and witty lyrics." - Los Angeles Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This is the children's musical which ran in New York for more than three years!

The story concerns a couple of New York cats, Hugo and Mimi, who stowaway on an ocean liner, get  thrown overboard, and end up in a fascinating but frightening kingdom where cats are illegal. Reigning  Queen Gloria XIV is allergic to cats and exterminates them mercilessly, courtesy of her pet  pterodactyl who yawns flames, and whom she keeps in bondage by his fear of her mysterious gatekeeper, Morahorahora. Hugo is all for catching the next boat home, but curious Mimi insists "a cat can look at a queen"  and smuggles herself into the castle. Disaster ensues, with the Queen on the warpath, but an  unexpected rapport develops between Mimi and the pterodactyl whose name is Ptommy (he puts ps  in front of his t's). Of course Hugo has to come to the rescue, but he is  helped by - one of the chief  attractions of the show - the children in the audience. It is they who must  supply the  ultimate secret  reason "Why the Queen Hates Cats."
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"One of the longest running shows in town, and justifiably so." - The New York Times

"What give the show a special charm are Bill Solly's frolicking music and witty lyrics." - Los Angeles Times

"The choice musical for family audience production. Guaranteed to delight just about everyone. We usually have to be dragged to a children's play, but love, love, loved this one. So will you." - Backstage

Keywords

Fairy Tales

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Tours

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Setting: A castle
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Overture / My Name is Hugo
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When You Call
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If I Could Be Queen
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You, and Me, and the Pterodactyl
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Ptommy
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A Cat's got into the Castle
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Why the Queen Hates Cats
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It's a Ding-Dong Day
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Casting

3m, 2f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
HUGO -  a cat from New York
MIMI -  a cat from New York
PEASANT/ GUARD
HAM HAMWICH
QUEEN GLORIA XIV
PTOMMY - a pterodactyl

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Resources

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Authors

Bill Solly

Bill Solly

The Cat in the Castle premiered at the 13th St. Theatre in New York City in 1974.

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