With their bold themes, grand staging, and epic musical numbers, many of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals have made the transition from the stage to the screen. Soon, joining Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, and Jesus Christ Superstar in the adaptation line is possibly Webber’s most beloved musical of all, Cats.
Based on the T.S. Eliot novel, Cats was first staged in London in 1981; after it crossed the pond to Broadway, it won seven Tony Awards. Since then, it has toured the globe and inspired thousands of productions, gaining millions of fans in the process. The film version will feature an all-star cast — joining Oscar winners Dame Judi Dench and Jennifer Hudson are Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Jason Derulo, and Taylor Swift. With an end-of-year release, it’s no secret they’re looking for a lot of awards season love with this one.
Take a look at the trailer for Cats and let us know what you think. If you’re a fan of the musical, are you looking forward to the movie? And if you haven’t seen the musical, does this pique your interest?
Cats opens in theaters December 20.