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Griddlebone is a featured character in the musical Cats. A larger-than-life parody of an operatic soprano, she appears in "Growltiger's Last Stand" where she leads her suitor, the dreaded Growltiger, to his demise at the hands of a gang of Siamese cats. Whether or not she does this intentionally is usually left ambiguous.

The role, along with the entire "Growltiger's Last Stand" sequence, has been cut from several prominent productions including the 1998 film, and in all US and UK replica productions since the 2016 Broadway revival. However, a revamped version of Griddlebone appeared in the 2019 movie.

Personality

Griddlebone is portrayed as a vain and flamboyant character. She is a pastiche of an operatic soprano, fighting the tenor (Growltiger) for the spotlight. It is hinted in the song "Macavity the Mystery Cat" that she might be a villain, as she is one of the cats whose wicked deeds are widely known as an alleged agent for Macavity

Role

Jellylorum/Griddlebone 20-50 Female-The “Opera Cat”. Wide range soprano, low G# to High C. dance a plus, but not necessary. Must move well. Age range 20’s-40’s

Vocal: Strong classically trained operatic Soprano capable of a wide range of dramatic timbre, including preferably a good belt voice. Comfortable range to high C.

Griddlebone is usually played by Jellylorum so as to complement her singing "Gus: The Theatre Cat" with Gus, who in turn plays Growltiger. In some productions, particularly those based on the 1983 Vienna production, she is instead played by the actress who plays Jennyanydots. This removes the need for quick costume changes.
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Japan Production

In the Japanese production, Griddlebone is portrayed as an outright villain who gleefully leads Growltiger to his death.

Appearance

Griddlebone is a white, fluffy Persian queen. She wears a comically exaggerated costume, a cinched corset bodice with so much fluff on her legs it gives the illusion of her wearing bloomers. This suggests she is meeting Growltiger while wearing underwear, therefore portraying her as a rather risqué character. Practically, it is a single piece suit that Jellylorum wears over her normal costume with a matching hat over her wig.

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