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Macavity the Mystery Cat (Song)

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Macavity the Mystery Cat is a song about the character Macavity, usually performed by Demeter and Bombalurina with other characters providing backup dancing and singing for the later portion of the song.

This scene divides into two sections: the girls singing about Macavity, and the action sequence in which Macavity himself appears.

Context Edit

At the end of Skimbleshanks' number, the Cats are all relaxed and enjoying themselves, when a crash of broken glass startles everyone. Now predictably, Demeter cries "Macavity?" And indeed, from nowhere an evil, menacing figure with a booming laugh appears. And as soon as he has done so he disappears again, only to appear onstage as his Hench-cats kidnap Old Deuteronomy. All the male Cats chase after them, in all directions, leaving the girls behind, scared and hiding.

Demeter sings to tell the others what she knows of Macavity. Bombalurina joins in with a slightly different perspective - while Demeter accuses him of the gravest, supernatural crimes such as jewel thefts, Bombalurina relates more mundane problems like missing milk and broken glass. Eventually all the female Cats join in singing about Macavity.

Munkustrap returns from his chase after Macavity, as do several other males, in time for another distracting appearance from Macavity, but the return of Old Deuteronomy. Everyone is relieved to see him return, except Demeter, who senses that everything is not as it appears. She attacks Old Deuteronomy, exposing him to be Macavity in disguise. Macavity then attempts to abduct Demeter, however Munkustrap intervenes, and a cat fight ensues. Initially Munkustrap fights him, but when he is injured Alonzo steps up followed by many other Cats, until defeated, Macavity retreats under the cover of a shower of electrical sparks.

Whilst many productions in the 80 included various male characters in the backing dance, most modern replica productions restrict it to the female dance characters; Rumpleteazer, Victoria, Jemima/Sillabub, Tantomile, Cassandra, and Electra and Etcetera if they are in the production. The exception amongst more recent productions is the US Tour, which included Pouncival and Tumblebrutus in the dance, to make up for the lack of Tantomile in the production.

In many older versions of the number, mainly American productions, Alonzo danced a "shadow dance" behind Demeter during her verse, shadowing her movements.

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Lyrics Edit

Macavity's a mystery cat, he's called the hidden paw
For he's a master criminal who can defy the law
He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair
For when they reach the scene of crime, Macavity's not there
Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare
And when you reach the scene of crime, Macavity's not there
You may seek him in the basement
You may look up in the air
But I'll tell you once and once again
Macavity's not there
Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin
You would know him if you saw him for his eyes are sunken in
His brow is deeply lined in thought, his head is highly domed
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed
He sways his head from side to side with movements like a snake
And when you think he's half asleep he's always wide awake
Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity
You may meet him in a by-street
You may see him in the square
But when a crime's discovered then
Macavity's not there
He's outwardly respectable
I know he cheats at cards
And his footprints are not found in any files of Scotland Yard's
And when the larder's looted
Or the jewel case is rifled
Or when the milk is missing
Or another peke's been stifled
Or the greenhouse glass is broken
And the trellis past repair
There's the wonder of the thing
Macavity's not there
Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
There never was a cat of such deceitfulness and suavity
He always has an alibi and one or two to spare
What ever time the deed took place, Macavity wasn't there
And they say that all the cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone
Are nothing more than agents for the cat who all the time
Just controls the operations: the Napoleon of crime!
Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity
You may meet him in a by-street
You may see him in the square
But when a crime's discovered then
Macavity, Macavity, Macavity, Macavity
When a crime's discovered then Macavity's not there!

VideoEdit

Macavity-Macavity The Mystery Cat (CATS film 1998)05:21

Macavity-Macavity The Mystery Cat (CATS film 1998)

cast - Bombalurina - Rosemarie Ford Demeter - Aeva May

Cats Berlin - Macavity01:43

Cats Berlin - Macavity

Berlin 2002

CATS - Hamburg 1986 - Macavity (Sabine Hettlich & Charlotta Thorell)00:39

CATS - Hamburg 1986 - Macavity (Sabine Hettlich & Charlotta Thorell)

Hamburg

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