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"Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town" is a poem from T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and a song from the Cats musical which is based on that poem.

Bustopher Jones is a parody of an Edwardian gentleman of leisure and is described as the St. James's Streetmarker cat, a regular visitor to many gentlemen's clubs in the area, including Drones, Blimp's, and The Tomb.

Due to his constant lunching at these clubs, he is "remarkably fat" ("a 25-pounder"). He has a "fastidious black" coat and apparently has white markings on his paws which resemble spats. Because of these traits, he's considered the "Brummell of cats", referring to Beau Brummell the founder of dandyism.

Cats, the musical

Bustopher Jones is portrayed by James Barron in the Cats movie. In the original West Endmarker show, and for the accompanying album, he was played by Brian Blessed. Most of the time, the actor who portrays him also portrays Asparagus and Growltiger. This trend began with the original Broadwaymarker production where he was played by Stephen Hanan, who also played Asparagus/Growltiger.


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