Broadway Show Cats Revamped with Hip-Hop Twist
The Broadway musical Cats is back but this time with a hip-hop flair.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber made the announcement Monday revealing that the revamp will include some rap elements when it returns to London’s West End in December.
If you’re familiar with the show, you know Rum Tum Tugger as the devious and self-centered cat of the crew. He’ll be the feline delivering the rhymes in the new production, according to the Associated Press.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that … maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap,” Lloyd Webber said. “The thing about the Eliot verse is that you can tell he’s American. Nobody other than Eliot would have written ‘The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat.'”
The classic play is based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, and is the second longest-running musical in Broadway history.
The hip-hop infused show will run at London’s Palladium for 12 weeks beginning Dec. 6. No word on if the show will hit the U.S.