Pete the Cat

Short Musical, Comedy  /  2w, 3m

Script and lyrics by Sarah Hammond
Music by Will Aronson
Based on the Pete the Cat series of books by Kimberly and James Dean

Originally Commissioned, Developed and Produced by TheaterWorksUSA
Music Orchestrated and Produced by Frank Galgano and Matt Castle

Everybody's favorite guitar-playing cat takes his buddy Jimmy Biddle on a global adventure in this crowd-pleasing musical based on the hit book series.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 3m
  • Duration
    45-50 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10)
  • Nominee: 2018 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best Family Show
Pete the Cat



For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth.

But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus!

Pete the Cat premiered off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on 25 July 2017. Directed by Dan Knechtges, the production featured Adante Carter, Matt Dengler, Brandi Porter, Kyle Sherman and Sam Tedaldi.

Pete is a guitar-playing cat who just wants to jam, but when he and his band are making too much noise after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to be put in a house.

The Biddle family (Mom, Dad, Jimmy and Olive) are very ready to have a cat in the house, but when Pete arrives, they discover that Olive is allergic, which forces Pete to stay in Jimmy’s room. Jimmy is a neat freak and doesn't get along at first with the free-spirited Pete.

Pete makes Jimmy late to the next day’s test, and to make matters worse, Jimmy’s teacher changes the math test to an art test because of Pete. Jimmy then tries to copy another classmate’s painting because he doesn’t think he paints well. Jimmy sulks home, but Pete is determined to help him out. So Pete takes Jimmy in his VW bus all over the world to see beautiful sights to paint, but still no luck. Pete realizes that he has to go meet up with his band in Paris to get his magic sunglasses for Jimmy to paint. Together, they succeed, through a crazy turn of events, and eventually Pete shows Jimmy that the sunglasses aren't actually magic – they just gave Jimmy the confidence he needed.

Jimmy ends up with an A++ in art, and Pete decides he actually likes being a housecat.

PETE THE CAT – A super zen rocking cat who lives in a VW Bus. He goes with the flow.
JIMMY BIDDLE – A very put-together second grader. He likes to prepare and tends to overthink things.
OLIVE BIDDLE – His rambunctious sister. Pre-K. She just loves everyone and everything.
MOM – Jimmy's nervous mom. Secretly a rock star.
DAD – Jimmy's nervous dad. Secretly a rock star.

MOM: Grumpy Toad, Mrs. Creech, the Mona Lisa.
DAD: Gus the Platypus, Barnaby (a student), a shark.
OLIVE: Cat-catcher, Eloise (a student), astronaut.

  • Time Period Present Day
  • Setting A backyard, the Biddle's home, school, a VW bus, Paris. The present.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 45-50 minutes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


“Thoroughly wholesome... a high-energy, irrepressibly cheerful whirl.” – The New York Times

“‘Believe in yourself’ is a common message in family theater, but this cat and his magic VW bus make delightfully unorthodox vehicles for it. The show also gets plenty of punch from Will Aronson’s pop-rock score, which may remind children’s music aficionados of Justin Roberts at his peppiest.” – The New York Times

“The 45-minute musical, recommended for ages 5-8, is nonstop action, with lively singing and dancing throughout, and plenty of funny jokes and scenes guaranteed to make kids laugh.” – Mommy Poppins

“Pete is encouraging, unflappable and a natural ego booster. Will Aronson’s breezy, upbeat score and Sarah Hammond’s lively book and lyrics capture his charms. This delightful show boasts a sixties’ can-do vibe that endears Pete to the audience... Pete’s rule: Never refuse a hug. This musical deserves a big one.” – Huffington Post


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    Pete the Cat – Theatreworks USA

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    Pete the Cat – Preview the Songs


1. “Life Is An Adventure” – Company

2. “Life Is An Adventure (Playoff)”
3. “Pete Philosophy” 
4. “Happy Roommates – Jimmy & Pete 

5. “School! (Transition) – Mrs. Creech, Eloise & Barnaby
6. “Painting – Company
7. “After School / Family Jam” – Olive, Mom & Dad
8. “The Sneezing Song” – Olive & Pete
9. “After Sneezing Song”
10. “Happy Housecat” – Pete 

11. “To Couch”

12. “Under The Couch” – Company 

13. “Bus Reveal” 
14. “It’s a VW Bus” – Company
15. “Paris Magic”
16. “Jimmy Philosophy”
17. “Jam Jam (Transition 1)” – Grumpy Toad, Gus, Jimmy & Olive
18. “Jam Jam (Transition 2)” – Grumpy Toad & Gus
19. “Magic World” – Company
20. “A Cat Named Pete” – Company
21. “Bows” – Company
22. “Exit Music”

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Sarah Hammond

Sarah Hammond grew up in Hong Kong, Belgium, and South Carolina. Honors include Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, a commission from South Coast Rep, and a residency at the Royal National Theatre. Her work has been seen onstage at Tr ...
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Will Aronson

James Dean

James Dean is a self-taught artist originally from Fort Payne, Alabama. His passion for drawing became apparent at a young age, and as a child, you could find James drawing his favorite characters like Snoopy and Yogi Bear. James earned his degree in electrical engineering fr ...

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Kimberly Dean

Kimberly Dean is a children’s author, artist, and yoga enthusiast best known as a New York Times bestselling author and co-parent of children’s book character Pete the Cat.

Before fulfilling her dream of becoming a full-time author and artist, she worked for the State of Georg ...

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