Prepare for the dazzling stage spectacle of Cats brought to the big screen, featuring Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, and many more feline friends
Based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats and the beloved Andrew Llyod Webber musical, Cats depicts a clan of felines called Jellicles, based in London's cobbled streets and alleys. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables) brings the tribe to life through a combination of CGI, live-action, and "digital fur technology."
On the night of the Jellicle Ball, Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench) will pick one cat to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new life. She's not short of contenders, with Taylor Swift's Bombalurina, Jason Derulo's' Rum Tum Tugger, and Royal Ballet's Principal dancer Francesca Hayward's Victoria all showing off their skills. Cat criminal Macavity (Idris Elba) watches from the gutters, ready to cause chaos, while comedy relief is supplied by James Corden's Bustopher Jones and Rebel Wilson's Jennyanydots.
A stunning exhibition of song and dance is promised wherein Hooper can call upon the talents of Hamilton's Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. And of course, the Jellicle Ball wouldn't be complete without the hit song "Memory", performed by outcast cat Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson).
Get ready to purr in amazement, delight, and even a little fright.
Cats From All Corners Of Entertainment
This exciting ensemble comprises cats from all entertainment backgrounds:
Lloyd Webber has played a big role in the adaptation, including writing a brand-new song. Taylor Swift pounced on the chance from a stadium tour, and Jennifer Hudson plans to stand cat hairs on end with her passionate performance.
British stage royalty Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench (who was forced out of the 1981 stage show by a snapped Achilles tendon) play Jellicle elders.
Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots and James Corden as Bustopher Jones will bring light-hearted entertainment to the Ball's serious proceedings.
Along with outstanding ballet tallet in Hayward, Hooper has brought in breakdancers Les Twins for some street-smart dance moves, as well as tap specialists for beat/rhythm.