Countdown to the Jellicle Ball has officially begun. Universal Pictures announced today that the long-gestating Cats musical will arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019. That release date was originally slated for another highly-anticipated musical, Wicked.
Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King’s Speech) will bring Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot’s feline phenomenon to the screen. New technology will be employed to make the actors look more animalistic.
A star-studded cast has been assembled which includes Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen. J-Hud will reportedly play Grizabella. Olivier Award winner Wayne McGregor will serve as the choreographer.
The original Broadway production ran at the Winter Garden for nearly 18 years. The most recent Cats revival last played in 2016 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
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