Drat! The Cat!

Drat! The Cat! is a musical with a book and lyrics by Ira Levin and music by Milton Schafer.

Originally called Cat and Mouse, this spoof of late-Victorian melodrama has at its core Alice Van Guilder, who wants to be a career girl at a time when nice young ladies marry well instead of having careers. Frustrated by the obstacles standing in her way, she becomes a cat burglar and plunders the homes of Manhattan's high society in the 1890s.

After 11 previews, the Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Joe Layton, opened on October 10, 1965 at the Martin Beck Theatre, where it ran for only eight performances. The cast included Lesley Ann Warren, Elliott Gould, Charles Durning, Jane Connell, and Beth Howland. Warren won the Theatre World Award for her performance, and the show was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design. Shortly after the show closed, Blue Pear issued an original cast album from a recording surreptitiously made during a live performance. Gould's wife at the time, Barbra Streisand, had a hit with her recording of "He Touched Me," a gender-reversal version of one of the show's tunes. Streisand also recorded, but did not release, "I Like Him." In 1997, Varese Sarabande released a studio recording featuring Susan Egan, Judy Kaye, Bryan Batt, Jonathan Freeman, and Elaine Stritch.

Song list

Act I

  • Drat! The Cat!
  • My Son, Uphold the Law
  • Holmes and Watson
  • She Touched Me
  • Wild and Reckless
  • She's Roses
  • Ignoble Theft of the Idol's Eyes
  • Dancing With Alice
  • Drat! The Cat! (reprise)
  • Purefoy's Lament
Act II

  • A Pox Upon the Traitor's Brow
  • Deep in Your Heart
  • Let's Go
  • It's Your Fault
  • Wild and Reckless (reprise)
  • The Upside-Down Thief
  • Today is a Day for a Band to Play
  • She Touched Me (reprise)
  • I Like Him
  • Justice Triumphant
  • Today is a Day for a Band to Play (reprise)

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