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Vienna Munkus 1

Steve Barton as Munkustrap

Vienna Cast 1

Original Vienna Cast

Cats had its Austrian premiere on 24 September 1983 at the Theater an der Wien. It was the third replica production worldwide and the first time that Cats was performed in another language than English. Gillian Lynne both directed and choreographed the show and Michael Kunze wrote the first German translation of Cats. Later productions that were based on the Vienna production include Amsterdam and Paris.

Production Specifics

The Vienna production was the first time that the show took place on a usual stage (behind a proscenium arch) instead of being performed on a round stage with the audience around it as it was done in London and on Broadway. Therefore, Gillian Lynne had to restage the show. In the following years, due to conventional theatres, most productions were placed on a pros-arch.

Compared to the Original London and Broadway casts, the Vienna cast was rather large: it included both Carbucketty and Pouncival, Bill Bailey and Tumblebrutus, Quaxo and Mistoffelees as well as Etcetera (whose costume actually looked similar to the London Electra). In general the names used were not translated, apart from Jenny Fleckenreich and Alt Deuteronimus, and spellings for Viktoria and Jellilorum.

Unlike in the London and Broadway productions, Mistoffelees was a mute character. He didn't sing or speak any line in the whole show; not even in the ensemble numbers. This allows the role to be cast as a dedicated dancing role, not Musical Theatre. As a result to this, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer performed the number of the same names Mistoffelees's way this time (as it was from the Broadway production). This concept was later transferred to productions like Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich, Asia/Pacific Tour and others.

Another unusual element was that Griddlebone was played by Jennyanydots, not Jellylorum.

Venues

  • 1983 - 1988: Vienna, Theater an der Wien
  • 1987: East-Berlin, Komische Oper (Guest appearance)
  • 1988: Moscow (Guest appearance)
  • 1988-1990: Vienna, Ronacher Theater

The production opened in 1983 at the Theater an der Wien. While the show was settled in Vienna, the cast had guest appearances in East-Berlin in 1987 and in Moscow in 1988 during the Vienna summer breaks. In 1988, Cats moved to the Ronacher Theater in Vienna before it closed in 1990. With a runtime of 7 years, Cats remains the longest running musical in Vienna this day.

Creative Team

Director / Choreographer: Gillian Lynne

Artistic Consultant: Trevor Nunn

Assistant to Gillian Lynne: Jo-Anne Robinson

Costume & Set Designer: John Napier

Dance Captain (1983): Steve Barton

Resident Director: John Yost

Costume Supervisor: Alison Todd

Director of the theatre: Peter Weck

Translation: Michael Kunze

Cast

September 1983

Role Cast
September 1983
Alonzo / Rumpus-Cat Darryl Robinson 
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Joachim Kemmer 
Bill Bailey David Forman 
Bombalurina Ute Lemper 
Carbucketty Laszlo Czergezan 
Cassandra Laura Edmunds 
Coricopat Calvann Cole 
Demeter Jutta Bryde 
Etcetera Beatrix Wipperich
Grizabella Angelika Milster 
Jellilorum Monica Solem 
Jemima Martina Dorak 
Jenny Fleckenreich / Griddlebone Valda Aviks 
Mr. Mistoffelees Valentin Baraian 
Mungojerrie Gregory Jones 
Munkustrap Steve Barton 
Old Deuteronomy Gordon Bovinet 
Plato / Macavity Paul Welterlen 
Pouncival Robert Montano 
Quaxo Stefan Nagel 
Rumpelteazer Buenaventura Braunstein 
Rum Tum Tugger Michael Howe 
Skimbleshanks F. Dion Davis 
Tantomile Lynnda Curry 
Tumblebrutus John Yost 
Victoria Alexandra Young
Swing Frank Ablorh-Odjidja
Swing Pamela Liebig
Swing Elizabeth Mills
Swing Andrew Morris
Swing Lilo Raab
Swing Sandor Racz
Swing Iris Wachalowsky
Swing Roger Winell

1984

Role Cast
September 1984
Alonzo / Rumpus-Cat Darryl Robinson 
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Gerhard Marcel / Anton Rattinger
Bill Bailey Mark Maples 
Bombalurina Lynne Patrick 
Carbucketty Laszlo Czergezan 
Cassandra Edith Amon 
Coricopat Dean Welterlen 
Demeter Jutta Bryde 
Etcetera Pamela Liebig
Grizabella Angelika Milster 
Jellylorum Debra Dickinson
Jemima Martina Dorak 
Jennyanydots / Griddlebone Valda Aviks 
Mr. Mistoffelees Valentin Baraian 
Mungojerrie Andrew Morris
Munkustrap Darryl Robinson / Paul Welterlen 
Old Deuteronomy Gordon Bovinet 
Plato / Macavity Paul Welterlen 
Pouncival Robert Montano 
Quaxo Michael P Reardon
Rumpelteazer Beatrix Wipperich 
Rum Tum Tugger Michael O'Connor 
Skimbleshanks Robert Burnett
Tantomile Lynnda Curry 
Tumblebrutus John Yost 
Victoria Alexandra Young
Swing Frank Ablorh-Odjidja
Swing Mercedes Echerer
Swing Michael Estes
Swing Joey Farr
Swing John Festa
Swing Suzanne Henderson
Swing Chris Kahler
Swing Elisabeth Meller
Swing Elizabeth Mills
Swing Frances O'Neill
Swing Sandor Racz
Swing Otto Scholtze
Swing Isabelle Scheizer-Paterson
Swing Ken-Michael Stafford
Swing Iris Wachalowsky

1985

Role Cast
1985
Alonzo / Rumpus-Cat Darryl Robinson 
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones John-Charles Kelly
Bill Bailey Otto Scholtze
Bombalurina Joanie O' Neill
Carbucketty Laszlo Czergezan 
Cassandra Laura Edmunds
Coricopat Dean Welterlen 
Demeter Nora Cherry- replaced Lola Knox
Etcetera Pamela Liebig
Grizabella Angelika Milster 
Jellylorum Suzanne Henderson
Jemima Elisabeth Meller
Jennyanydots / Griddlebone Valda Aviks 
Mr. Mistoffelees Valentin Baraian 
Mungojerrie Andrew Morris
Munkustrap Paul Welterlen 
Old Deuteronomy Gordon Bovinet 
Plato / Macavity Stanley Dalton 
Pouncival Kevin Poe 
Quaxo Michael P Reardon
Rumpelteazer Beatrix Wipperich 
Rum Tum Tugger Michael O'Connor 
Skimbleshanks Stefan Nagel
Tantomile Anne McVey 
Tumblebrutus Klaus Stauffer 
Victoria Alexandra Young
Swing Steven Bernier
Swing Niki Bolen
Swing Danielle Brunner
Swing Michael Estes
Swing Janet Hinckley
Swing Chris Kahler
Swing Elizabeth Mills
Swing Marcello de Nardo
Swing Frances O'Neill
Swing Sandor Racz
Swing Andrea Schalk
Swing Gene Scheer
Swing Keith Steward
Swing Megan Thomas
Swing Iris Wachalowsky

1986

Role Cast
1986
Alonzo / Rumpus-Cat Darryl Robinson 
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Gene Scheer
Bill Bailey Otto Scholtze
Bombalurina Joanie O' Neill
Carbucketty Laszlo Czergezan 
Cassandra Laura Edmunds
Coricopat Matthew Jessner
Demeter Katherine Condit
Etcetera Pamela Liebig
Grizabella Angelika Milster 
Jellylorum Suzanne Henderson
Jemima Elisabeth Meller
Jennyanydots / Griddlebone Valda Aviks 
Mr. Mistoffelees Valentin Baraian 
Mungojerrie Andrew Morris
Munkustrap Paul Welterlen 
Old Deuteronomy Gordon Bovinet 
Plato / Macavity Stanley Dalton 
Pouncival James Cohen
Quaxo Michael P Reardon
Rumpelteazer Beatrix Wipperich
Rum Tum Tugger Michael O'Connor 
Skimbleshanks Michael Estes
Tantomile Elizabeth Mills 
Tumblebrutus Tracy Inman 
Victoria Alexandra Young
Swing Niki Bolen
Swing Danielle Brunner
Swing Ferdinando Chefalo
Swing Tito Hernandez
Swing Janet Hinckley
Swing Gregory Garrison
Swing Gregory McKinnon
Swing Pam Lloyd
Swing Frances O'Neill
Swing Isabelle Scheizer-Paterson
Swing Sandor Racz
Swing Andrea Schalk
Swing Randy Scott
Swing Ken-Michael Stafford
Swing Iris Wachalowsky
Swing Dean Welterlen

1987

Role Cast
1987
Alonzo / Rumpus-Cat Derek Daniels
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Gene Scheer
Bill Bailey Otto Scholtze
Bombalurina Joanie O' Neill
Carbucketty Laszlo Czergezan 
Cassandra Laura Edmunds
Coricopat Matthew Jessner
Demeter Kim Duddy
Etcetera Pamela Liebig
Grizabella Suzanne Henderson
Jellylorum Pia Douwes
Jemima Elisabeth Meller
Jennyanydots / Griddlebone Barbara Pöschl 
Mr. Mistoffelees Valentin Baraian 
Mungojerrie Andrew Morris
Munkustrap Darryl Robinson
Old Deuteronomy Gordon Bovinet 
Plato / Macavity Stanley Dalton 
Pouncival Andrew Currie
Quaxo Jim Rixie
Rumpelteazer Beatrix Wipperich 
Rum Tum Tugger Dean Welterlen 
Skimbleshanks Michael Estes
Tantomile Elizabeth Mills 
Tumblebrutus Neil Giroday
Victoria Alexandra Young
Swing Ferdinando Chefalo
Swing Sam Cole
Swing Phillip Colglazier
Swing Scott Fless
Swing Jan Hinckley
Swing Joyce P King
Swing Pam Lloyd
Swing Gregory McKinnon
Swing Gary Mendelson
Swing Frances O'Neill
Swing Andrea Schalk
Swing Katrin Schlegel
Swing Ken-Michael Stafford
Swing Jesse Webb
Swing Iris Wachalowsky
Swing Gabrielle Welker

1988

Role Cast
1988
Alonzo / Rumpus-Cat Derek Daniels
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Gene Scheer
Bill Bailey Otto Scholtze
Bombalurina Nora Cherry
Carbucketty Laszlo Czergezan 
Cassandra Laura Quinn
Coricopat Niki Bolen
Demeter Katherine Condit
Etcetera Frances O'Neill
Grizabella Pia Douwes
Jellylorum Amy DeMayo / Elisabeth Meller
Jemima Elisabeth Meller
Jennyanydots / Griddlebone Madeline Doherty
Mr. Mistoffelees Valentin Baraian 
Mungojerrie Michael Estes
Munkustrap Darryl Robinson
Old Deuteronomy Gordon Bovinet 
Plato / Macavity Stanley Dalton 
Pouncival Steven Bernier
Quaxo Michael P Reardon
Rumpelteazer Beatrix Wipperich 
Rum Tum Tugger Daniela Guzman
Skimbleshanks Sam Cole
Tantomile Janet Hinckley 
Tumblebrutus Robert Russell IV
Victoria Pascale Faye-Williams
Swing Danielle Brunner
Swing Ferdinando Chefalo
Swing Tina Decker
Swing Barbara Czar
Swing Paul Hadobas
Swing Tatjana Köthe
Swing Zane Rankin
Swing Alexander Riff
Swing Sandor Racz
Swing Andrea Schalk
Swing Ken-Michael Stafford
Swing Ian Michael Towers
Swing Katrin Schober
Swing Claudia Wendrinsky

1989

Role Cast
1989
Alonzo / Rumpus-Cat José Hernan
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Gene Scheer (until Feb 1990)
Bill Bailey Ton Voogt
Bombalurina Nora Cherry
Carbucketty Laszlo Czergezan 
Cassandra Susan Taylor
Coricopat Gregory McKinnon
Demeter Karen Babcock
Etcetera Veronica Hart
Grizabella Lorraine Goodman
Jellylorum Amy DeMayo / Elisabeth Meller
Jemima Elisabeth Meller
Jennyanydots / Griddlebone Mary Illes
Mr. Mistoffelees Valentin Baraian 
Mungojerrie Michael Estes
Munkustrap Darryl Robinson
Old Deuteronomy Jan Polak
Plato / Macavity Stanley Dalton 
Pouncival Otto Scholtze
Quaxo Michael P Reardon
Rumpelteazer Kristi Sperling
Rum Tum Tugger Brian Carmack
Skimbleshanks Sam Cole (until Feb 1990)
Tantomile Janet Hinckley 
Tumblebrutus Andreas Bieber
Victoria Marjorie Hardwick
Swing Gordon Bovinet
Swing Ferdinando Chefalo
Swing Kim Duddy
Swing Michael Fritzke
Swing Jerome J Hardeman
Swing Tatjana Köthe
Swing Maria Magdalena Padrosa
Swing Zane Rankin
Swing Alexander Riff
Swing Vasiliki Roussi
Swing Andrea Schalk
Swing Greg Schramel
Swing Kenmichael Stafford
Swing Ian Towers
Swing Marco Vermie
Swing Claudia Wendrinsky

1990

Role Cast
January 1990
Alonzo / Rumpus-Cat José Hernan
Asparagus / Bustopher Jones Gene Scheer (until 28.02.90) /

Marco Vermie (from 02.90)

Bill Bailey Ton Voogt
Bombalurina Nora Cherry (Dance Captain)
Carbucketty Laszlo Czergezan
Cassandra Susan Taylor
Coricopat Gregory McKinnon
Demeter Karen Babcock
Etcetera Veronica Hart
Grizabella Lorraine Goodman
Jellylorum Amy DeMayo / Elisabeth Meller
Jemima Elisabeth Meller
Jennyanydots / Griddlebone Mary Illes
Mr. Mistoffelees Gregory Schramel / Valentin Baraian
Mungojerrie Michael Estes
Munkustrap Darryl Robinson
Old Deuteronomy Jan Polak
Plato / Macavity Stanley Dalton 
Pouncival Otto Scholtze
Quaxo Michael P Reardon
Rumpelteazer Kristi Sperling
Rum Tum Tugger Brian Carmack
Skimbleshanks Sam Cole / Rod Roberts (March-May)
Tantomile Janet Hinckley
Tumblebrutus / Genghis Andreas Bieber
Victoria Marjorie Hardwick
Swing Gordon Bovinet
Swing Ferdinando Chefalo
Swing Kim Duddy
Swing Michael Fritzke
Swing Jerome J Hardeman
Swing Tatjana Köthe
Swing Maria Magdalena Padrosa
Swing Zane Rankin (from April 1990)
Swing Alexander Riff
Swing Vasiliki Roussi
Swing Andrea Schalk
Swing Ken-Michael Stafford
Swing Ian Michael Towers
Swing Claudia Wendrinsky
Booth Danuta Jaquet
Booth Hiroko Ono
Booth Julie Trautwein
Booth Peter Erdelyi
Booth Stefan Thanner
Booth Andrzej Ulicz

Gallery

Videos

Documentary Vienna 1983

Documentary Vienna 1983

The Old Gumbie Cat, Vienna 1983-0

The Old Gumbie Cat, Vienna 1983-0

Jellicle Songs (Vienna 1987)

Jellicle Songs (Vienna 1987)

Gus The Theatre Cat (Vienna 1988) - Pia Douwes

Gus The Theatre Cat (Vienna 1988) - Pia Douwes