- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

LONDON (AP) - “Cats” is back - and now one of the felines raps.

Andrew Lloyd Webber announced Monday that his hit musical will return to London’s West End in December in a revamped production with a hip-hop flavor.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical “Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats,” the musical opened in London in 1981, running for 21 years there and 18 years on Broadway.

Lloyd Webber said Monday he had tweaked parts of the show, which has been performed in more than 30 countries.

Lloyd Webber said he was making the character of Rum Tum Tugger a rapping street cat because “I’ve come to the conclusion that … maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap.”

“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 composer said.

The new production reunites the original creative team of director Trevor Nunn, choreographer Gillian Lynne and designer John Napier.

It runs at London’s Palladium for 12 weeks beginning Dec. 6.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide