The music from the stage production of “CATS” is iconic, and while the movie adaptation does feature many of the songs from the original production, it seems there will be at least one new song in the mix. Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote a new song for the upcoming “CATS” adaptation, and teased the work on social media. Oscar-winner Tom Hooper directed the movie, which brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic stage musical to the big screen. The musical features an all-star cast, including James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson. The movie also introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, making her feature film debut.
Swift won’t be performing “Beautiful Ghosts” in the movie, that will be performed during a narrative moment by Francesca Hayward. You will get to hear Swift’s take on the song, which will play during the end titles. The movie does feature Lloyd Webber’s iconic music, and the new song that he worked on with Taylor Swift. Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler also worked on the film, which reimagines the musical for a new generation. The supporting cast includes Robbie Fairchild, Laurie Davidson, Larry and Laurent Bourgeois, Mette Towley, Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae, and Bluey Robinson.
“CATS” is produced by Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Tom Hooper. The screenplay is by Lee Hall and Hooper, and is 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.
The musical was one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history. It held 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 81M people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages.
“CATS” is opening against “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and Lionsgate’s “Bombshell” with Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Jennifer Morrison on December 20th.
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