If you have ever seen or heard about the Broadway musical Cats, you probably knew immediately from the title of this post what type of family member we are welcoming. Grizabella is the “Glamour Cat” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats.
She is best known for singing “Memory” in the play. If this is your first time seeing any photos from the play, you might be thinking she isn’t very glamorous in the photo.
Here is a little background of Grizabella…
Grizabella appears in the play as a cat that has seen her better days. Her coat is tattered and she doesn’t have it all together. At first glance, you may think she is trying to still live in her younger days because even with the torn outfit and grey hair, she wears high heels and a dress made of sequins under her coat.
Her backstory is clearly a mystery and left up to the viewer’s own interpretation, but it appears Grizabella used the be the cat that had it all. Looks, personality, and popular among her group of cats. However, at some point in her life, she appears to have become enamored with the glamourous life and left her group, the Jellicle Tribe, to pursue that course. Jellicle is a term also taken from T. S. Eliot’s work, introduced in his poem Song of the Jellicles, describing cats that are peaceful and pleasant by day, but who also love an active nightlife. Jellicles are also featured and named in the Cats musical.
Grizabella appears in the play returning to the Jellicle group. After a time in the glamourous world, she became disillusioned with her new lifestyle and fell upon hard times. According to some interpretations, she may even have descended into prostitution, or as one reviewer later put it, “a fallen feline who has roamed the lowest alleys.” In any case, Grizabella returns home to find that the majority of her former Jellicle group are disgusted, ashamed, and afraid of her. Upon her return later, she sings “Memory,” revisiting the old days when she was young and beautiful – then a real “glamour cat.” The song is also part appeal to the group, as Grizabella wants to begin a new life. Read more…
You might be reading this and wondering, “Why in the heck would she like this character?”
At a very young age, my stepmother introduced me to this musical. We started by listening to the soundtrack in the car when we visited and she later took me and my sister to see the actual play. Before I even saw Grizabella in person, I loved the song, “Memory.” For some reason, I felt the power and feelings she portrayed through the lyrics. I was not even 10-years-old, but that character stole my heart. We have all had those moments where we have felt like a failure and just wanted to be happy again.
When I got older, I said the next pet I purchased I was going to name Grizabella. Well, my husband picked out Armani, which is a male Pomeranian. When my husband (then, boyfriend) showed me Armani’s picture, I didn’t want to like him. I had a name picked out for a pet and I wanted a female just so I could use the name. Long story short, we went to look at him and I ended up falling in love with him.
So, the name had to wait.
Fast forward 8 years…
Kate (my daughter) has wanted a cat for almost a year now. It may come as a shocker, but I am NOT a cat person. I am actually allergic to them. I was raised around cats, but once I moved off to college and didn’t live around one, I developed an allergy. Believe me, I was confused too! So, this momma said she was NEVER GOING TO GET A CAT!
Then, my mom had to get a Ragdoll cat. Say hello to Bailey…
So, if I am allergic to cats, why did I purchase a cat?
Well, a Ragdoll cat’s coat is different from other cats. So, I am thinking I may not be allergic to their fur. I have been around Bailey for two years now and I do not want to scratch my eyes out when I am around him. Now, that doesn’t mean that everyone will be like me. Every person and allergy is different. So, I am hoping being around our new addition daily will not change these results.
I found Bailey’s breeder online, emailed her, and she had a female available. So, we loaded up the kiddos and made a trip to see her.
I think it is safe to say my kiddos fell in love immediately!
We weren’t allowed to take her at that moment. She was still too small, so we had to wait a little longer.
Fast forward to July 2nd…
Now, Grizabella is officially a Morgan!