by Myla Tosatto
I just saw Cats, and let me tell you that I am very disappointed in my own feline, Cordelia. Turns out, I got a dud of a cat. Cordelia cannot sing or dance like the cats portrayed in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical of the same name. What is up with that? She just eats, meows, and cleans herself. She can’t even pirouette or hit a high C. Cordelia also can’t do magic but she does get goofy and sleepy from catnip, so that’s cool. Maybe she just hasn’t met her cat tribe yet like the cats in Cats. See, Cordelia isn’t a Jellicle cat like the Cats’ cats.
Luckily, in the movie, we meet each of the Jellicle cats through a song and/or dance as they are being introduced to the newcomer, Victoria (Francesca Hayward). Victoria looks on as her fellow cats Bustopher Jones (James Corden), Rum Tum Tugger (Jason Derulo), Gus the Theater Cat (Ian McKellen), Jennyanydots (Rebel Wilson) and Macavity (Idris Elba) compete to ascend to the Heaviside Layer as judged by Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench). Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson also get their tabby on as Bombalurina and the Memories belting Grizabella. This is the ‘plot’. Fur real.
This movie is NOT based on a true story (I know, right?). It is based on a poetry collection by T.S. Eliot called Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. It is currently the 4th longest running show on Broadway (though not currently running). If you have never had a chance to see the show on stage, now would be a super time to catch it to see what all the fuss is about.
I imagine that performing arts, animal, and Taylor Swift loving children will want to see this movie. It is rated PG, so it sounds like a wonderful movie to see over the break!
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Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event.
Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.
Featuring Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.
The film also stars Robbie Fairchild (Broadway’s An American in Paris), Laurie Davidson (TNT’s Will), hip-hop dance sensation Les Twins (Larry and Laurent Bourgeois), acclaimed dancer Mette Towley (featured in videos for Rihanna and Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D.), Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae, and rising-star singer Bluey Robinson.
Universal Pictures presents a Working Title Films and Amblin Entertainment production, in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group. Cats is produced by Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Tom Hooper. The screenplay is by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Rocketman) and Hooper, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and the stage musical by Lloyd Webber. Cats is executive produced by Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn.
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is one of the most successful musicals of all time.