There Will Be Rapping in the Cats Revival, and We're OK with That
Cats fanatics, book those plane tickets now. Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1981 dance musical masterpiece is returning to London this December, and news has dropped that at least one cat is getting a makeover: Rum Tug Tugger—the rock ‘n’ roll bad boy of Jellicle cats—is going to rap.
Why, you ask? Lloyd Webber has apparently decided that American poet T.S. Elliot, who penned the poems on which Cats is based, was perhaps the inventor of rap (ehh, we'll go with it). And, naturally, Rum Tum Tugger would be the kitty to get the upgrade. No word yet if Cats choreographer Gillian Lynne is going to follow suit and put in some hip-hop moves—but here's hoping she asks Tabitha and Napoleon for some input. Can you imagine the puss-ibilities?
To jog your "memmmorieeees…" (pun totally intended) of Tugger's number, here is the original:
And because I can't watch anything Cats-related without wanting more (seriously, it's like cat-nip to me), here's the big "Jellicle Ball" dance scene:
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"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
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