I just realized it’s about to be my cats birthday so when thinking about what to post I figured it would be fun to do a post about the top ten broadway songs about cats. Broadway loves these animals more than anything which is why there have been shows all about them, having them as a main character and the movies are the same. Some shows mention them briefly like in the song Out Tonight from Rent and others are written specifically for them.
Cats – Andrew Lloyd Webber
The show Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber is literally about cats. All of the characters, most of the songs and every theme is about Cats. If you want showtunes about cats, this is the one to watch first. Not only was it one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, but it is one that you can easily sing a long to and that you can watch with your family.
Suessical – The Cat in The Hat
Suessical the Musical is all about Dr. Suess and the main character is the Cat in the Hat. Although the Cat in the Hat is creepy and I would never want him in my house, the show was a flop with a couple of fun songs. Anyways, this show makes the top then broadway shows about cats because the leading character is one of the most famous and well known cats in history.
Puss In Boots – Shrek The Musical
One of the most popular characters in the movie and show Shrek the Musical is Puss In Boots. The Latino Hitman Cat. Not only is he one of the most funny and loveable characters, but he even gets his own songs and got his own movies. Puss In Boots is one of the most memorable characters from the show which is why he makes the top ten showtunes about cats list.
Binks – Hocus Pocus
Any show with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in it has to be amazing. When you make the story line about taking over the world and helping a talking cat named binks take his revenge on the witches, you have a definite hit. Because the main story line revolves around Binks and you have three amazing Actors in the movie, Binks makes the top ten list of shows about cats.
The Worst Pies in London – Sweeny Todd
So this one is a bit different. Instead of being about cats, it is about cooking cats and why cat meat does not taste good. Leave it to Broadway to have a showtune about meat pies made from cat meat and make it actually funny and memorable. It definitely isn’t a good showtune about cats, but it is a funny one.
Pouncer – Beaches
Sorry to do another Bette Midler movie musical, but in the show beaches Pouncer plays a major role. Not only does he help to keep Hillary’s daughter company, but he discovers her when she collapses, goes to the beach with them and plays a vital role in letting the audience know when things are good and bad. He also has a short song that Hillary’s daughter sings to him in the back yard.
I couldn’t find a video clip of her singing Pouncer Pouncer the Wonder Cat.
The Lion King – Disney
If you want another movie musical and broadway show about a cat, The Lion King is about as much as you can get as well. Not only does Disney turn the movie into an amazing show, but the songs are incredible as well. Everyone is amazed at the costumes and the set and the characters are incredible.
Aristocats – Disney
Pretty much every animated Disney movie is singing animals or characters and Disney did an entire movie musical about wealthy cats called the Aristocats. Aristocats is a show that I haven’t actually watched, but it does have a couple of fun songs. If you love Disney, then you may want to try watching the Aristocats.
An American Tale –
This was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Unfortunately in this movie musical, the cats are the evil ones, except for the one that becomes friends with Fivel the mouse. An American Tale is an awesome movie musical and there are a ton of amazing broadway songs in this show that aren’t technically broadway showtunes, but are definitely able to be performed by broadway stars.
Les Miserable – I Dreamed a Dream
So the only reason that I am including I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables in this list is that in the song they sing about Tigers right before they perform one of the most memorable parts of the song. Not only do I love this show and the showtune I Dreamed a Dream, but because they mention Tigers in it, I had to include it in the list.
There are a ton of showtunes about cats on broadway and even musicals dedicated to them. There is pretty much everything you can think of in a show that involves a cat in at least one show. There are songs about loving them, songs about cooking them and even songs about them not being around. Broadway loves cats and they play an important part in many shows.