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Magical Mister Mistoffelees – A Tribute to the Performing Arts

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Magical Mister Mistoffelees and Rum Tum Tugger

“Oh! Well I never was there ever a cat so clever as magical mister Mistoffelees!”

My daughter (4.5 years old) loves the theatre, and especially the Broadway stage musical “Cats” (not the horrendous 2019 movie.) For Halloween, she asked to be her favorite character, Magical Mister Mistoffelees. When I asked what I should dress as, she immediately suggested the Rum Tum Tugger, since he is the character that sings about Mistoffelees. Any parent of small children understands the ebb and flow of costume ideas, so I was very surprised that my kid stuck with her idea for 3 months (which gave me time to make it!)

We dedicate our costume to all performers, stage hands, and production crews that have struggled through COVID-19 with the shuttering of theatres and canceling of seasons. Performing arts are essential and we look forward to the time live performance can continue safely.

The Mistoffelees costume is made up of a sequin jacket and shorts, black leggings, white t-shirt, and split-sole jazz shoes. Accessories include 100 flashing LED lights hand-embedded in the jacket, black fingerless gloves with small LED finger-lights, silver bow tie, black tail, and wild black and gray wig. Face paint is directly inspired by Jacob Brent’s Mister Mistoffelees character from the 1998 stage to film version of “Cats.”

The Rum Tum Tugger costume is made up of a black leather jacket with fur trim, leopard print shirt, black leggings, and black Converse tennis shoes. Accessories include a spiked collar, studded belt, fingerless biker gloves, and wild brown wig. Face paint is directly inspired by John Partridge’s Rum Tum Tugger character from the 1998 stage to film version of “Cats.”

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