GARFIELD, The Musical with Cattitude

Jim Davis, Michael J. Bobbitt, John L. Cornelius II

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  1f, 4m

Based on the Comic Strip Garfield by Jim Davis / Book by Michael J. Bobbitt and Jim Davis / Music and Lyrics by John L. Cornelius II

Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat, fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays... he deserves it for being the best cat ever! 
GARFIELD, The Musical with Cattitude
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 4m
  • Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)

Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat, fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays... he deserves it for being the best cat ever! Unfortunately, all of his friends - Arlene, Odie, Jon, and even his nemesis, Nermal - seem to have forgotten. Feeling rejected, Garfield ventures out to find excitement, but he soon realizes that home is where the heart (and the food) is.



Performing Groups
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

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  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes


Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude takes place in and about Garfield'?s home and an alley.


1f, 4m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
4 Men*
1 Woman

Garfield – a lazy tabby cat with a large ego.
Nermal – a kitten, Garfield's arch nemesis.
Odie – a simple-minded dog, Garfield's friend.
Jon Arbuckle – a nerd, Garfield's human.
Arlene – a cat, Garfield's friend and perhaps, love interest.
Animal Control (played by the same actor as Jon)
Casting Notes

The music for Nermal was written for an unchanged male voice. Because of vocal arrangements, this is very important. You can also cast a young girl or adult female.


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz, Contemporary Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Minimal
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus
1. "Amazing Birthday" - Arlene, Garfield, Sycophants 
2. "Subjects" - Garfield
3. "I Hate Mondays" - Garfield
4. "Friend" - Jon, Garfield 
5. "The Alley" - Garfield, Arlene, Nermal & Odie
6. "The Alley (Reprise)" - Garfield
7. "Animal Control" - All
8. "Monday Nightmare" - All
9. "Soliloquy" - Garfield
10. "Amazing Birthday (Finale)" - All
Complete Kit
Piano Vocal
Libretto Vocal
Reed (Clarinet, Alto Sax, Flute)



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Full Package:

Complete Kit
6 - Piano Vocal
7 - Libretto Vocal
1 - Bass
1 - Drums/Perc
1 - Reed


"Garfield, The Musical With Cattitude is a fast-paced musical comedy that is vastly entertaining and perfect for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages.”
— Diane Jackson Schnoor, DC Metro Theater Arts

“Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude emphasizes the importance of friends and family and in true fashion, he gets what he wants in the end, along with a sweet surprise.”
— April Forrer, MD Theatre Guide

"This musical shows the brilliance of Garfield to a new generation.”
— Hannah Wing, BroadwayWorld.com

“Cats and chaos. That about sums up Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude. And, it’s a splendid combination. The music is upbeat with clever lyrics."
— Kelly McCorkendale, DC Theatre Scene



Jim Davis

Jim Davis was born near Fairmount, Indiana and attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Jim decided he wanted to be a cartoonist at an early age, and put all his efforts into the creation of a comic strip about a fat, lazy, cantankerous cat. The Garfield comic strip was born on June 19, 1978, syndicated in ...

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Michael J. Bobbitt

MICHAEL J. BOBBITT (SDC, DGA) Playwright, Director, Choreographer, Arts Leader In addition to Bob Marley's Three Little Birds (which was nominated for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical by the Helen Hayes Awards) and Garfield, ...

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John L. Cornelius II

A member of ASCAP, John Cornelius' output includes musicals, operas, chamber works, orchestral works, and song cycles. Having been the music director/arranger/composer for a number of theaters including the Ensemble Theater of Houston, Adventure Theater in Glen Echo Park, Main Street Theatre (Houston), Theater Under ...

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