Wig from Bombalurina costume used in the musical Cats

Wig from Bombalurina costume used in the musical Cats

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This wig is part of a costume worn by actresses portraying the character Bombalurina in the original Broadway production of Cats. The orange, brown, blond, white, and black wig is made of synthetic fur stitched to a net cap and is styled to suggest cat ears. Bombalurina is a flirtatious and confident feline who often has featured solos in the show’s numbers “The Gumbie Cat,” “Rum Tum Tugger,” “Grizabella the Glamour Cat,” and “Bustopher Jones.” Bombalurina’s largest singing part is in “Macavity.” Depending on the production, Bombalurina sings various parts of these songs and usually sings the entirety of “Macavity.” Geraldine Gardner originated the role on the West End in 1981 and Donna King and Marlene Danielle later took on the role on Broadway. On the screen, Rosemarie Ford portrayed the character in the 1998 film and Taylor Swift portrayed her in the 2019 film adaptation.
Cats broke Broadway records with its run of 7,485 performances from 1982 until 2000 at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre. The play, written and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on stories and characters from T. S. Eliot's 1939 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, and first premiered in London’s West End in 1981. The expensive and spectacular production has been called the first “megamusical,” inaugurating a new period of Broadway theater history when big-budget shows with elaborate special effects, spectacular costumes, and rock music revived the theater district’s sagging fortunes. Cats earned multiple Tony awards in its original run and has since been revived on Broadway and in numerous national and international tours.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Wig
wig, worn by Marlene Danielle as Bobalurina in broadway show "Cats"
wig
Date made
1982-2000
designer
Napier, John
Measurements
overall: 33 cm x 45.7 cm; 13 in x 18 in
ID Number
2000.0219.02.01
catalog number
2000.0219.02.01
accession number
2000.0219
subject
Musical Theater
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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