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In the show, Munkustrap functions as a narrator, singing several songs and introducing many of the other cats. He is also the protector and second in command of the cats, after patriarch Old Deuteronomy; and directs them in the "Awefull Battle of the Pekes and Pollicles". As the defender of the tribe, Munkustrap fights Macavity. He also seems to know Mr. Mistoffelees well, as he stops him from getting to Grizabella in the film and signals him to use his powers from time to time in the film. In the end he was the last one to touch and accept Grizabella back into the tribe.
He is usually depicted onstage as a tall, silver tabby cat. Although Munkustrap does perform a substantial amount of dancing in Cats, the role requires strong singing and acting as well.
Actors who have portrayed Munkustrap have included Callum Train UK Europe Tour 2013/14 Harry Groener, Gary Martin, Bryan Batt, John Partridge, Robert Amirante, Jack Rebaldi, Rob Marshall, Jeffry Denman, Tug Watson (CATS Worldwide Tour) and Ian Laskowski. In the German-speaking world premiere of Cats, Steve Barton played the role of Munkustrap/Dance Captain in the Theater an der Wien, Dean Maynard in the 25th anniversary tour. Michael Gruber, an alumnus of the Broadway production, was chosen to play Munkustrap in the 1998 Cats movie. Yannick Vezina portrayed the role in the Quebec City premiere of the show. John Partridge portrayed the part in Germany. In the 2006–2008 UK tour which also travelled to Portugal and Italy, Dean Maynard played Munkustrap. In the 2011–present German tour, Matthew Goodgame played the lead role of Munkustrap. Roy J. Brown played the part at Theo Ubique. Ali Adenwala played Munkustrap in the 2015 Bahrain premiere. Munkustrap is played by Andy Huntington Jones is the 2016 Broadway Revival.
- "The Naming of Cats". Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, T. S. Eliot, Harcourt, 1982, ISBN 0-15-168656-4
- A Cat's Diary: How the Broadway Production of Cats was born, Stephen Hanan, Smith & Kraus, 2002, ISBN 1-57525-281-3
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