Old Deuteronomy is considered by most fans to be a kind and just leader to the Jellicle Tribe. He is described as being wise in his many years and is respected and beloved by most the of the Jellicle Tribe. While he is 'old and tottery' and 'must go slow', he is fairly lively and dances along with a variety of songs performed for him.
He is believed to live near the vicarage, as he rests 'on the vicarage wall'. He seems to care about Grizabella's feelings, trying to accept her, but she doesn't seem to notice until the end. It seems he can't stand to see her broken down and sad. In the end, he seemed to have wanted her back into the tribe as he fully accepted her and seemed to love her.
- High Baritone/Tenor (to G sharp). Must be able to move. The wise, kind and very old leader of the cats. He has authority and dignity. He should radiate understanding and warmth.
Old Deuteronomy is one of the main characters in the show. He not only has a song in his name ("Old Deuteronomy") but he plays a major role in a number of other songs ("The Moments of Happiness ", "Invitation to the Jellicle Ball", "The Ad-dressing of Cats".) He is chooses Grizabella to ascend to the Heaviside Layer at the end of the show.
According to actor Ken Page, "He's probably the father of a lot of them."
Appearance EditOld Deuteronomy is a large, old, grey cat. His coat consists of a full, fluffy robe. He is one of the larger cats, though he isn't mocked for his girth like Bustopher Jones is. He is an ancient cat who has lived 'many lives in succession.' Some fans speculate that he is 'immortal' or has psychic powers with which he guides the other Jellicles through dance and song.
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