These Superstars Are Getting Tapped for the New CATS Movie
This time last month, we were wigging out when news broke that Wayne McGregor had been named choreographer for the upcoming CATS movie. Sure, it made us scratch our heads, since the original dances by the late Gillian Lynne are as iconic as the Jellicle cats themselves. (There was even a stir when Andy Blankenbuehler was chosen to choreograph the 2016 Broadway revival based on Lynne's original moves.) But we definitely want to see what the abstract mind of McGregor can bring to this reboot.
But our biggest question is, Who will be stepping into the catsuits?
Aside from an incredible ensemble of dancers (casting wraps up the week of July 23), Jennifer Hudson—the diva with the pipes to prove it—has been cast as Grizabella. Excuse us while we freak out!!! Who better than Hudson to pull off the glamour cat's showstopping song "Memory"? And based on her starring role in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, we know she's got the acting chops to pull off Grizabella's vulnerable demeanor, her mix of sadness and beauty.
According to The Daily Mail, three more stars are also in talks to join the cast: Taylor Swift, James Corden and Sir Ian McKellen. Might Swift, a well-known lover of cats herself, lend her sweetness, her tinge of nerdiness and her off-beat spunk to Jennyanydots?
Will Swift be pure purrfection in CATS? Photo by Jana Zills, Via Wikimedia Commons.
As far as we're concerned, Corden can be cast as any character. We just want to see him in a catsuit again. (He already donned one in June for his Crosswalk the Musical: Andrew Lloyd Webber Classics on "The Late Late Show," so that bodes well for his involvement in the movie.) Can you imagine him as a tongue-in-cheek Mr. Mistoffelees swinging around a soundstage? Or a flirtatious Corden in skintight leather as the edgy Rum Tug Tugger?
Revered actor McKellen, currently 79, would be a perfect fit for Gus, the aged theater cat renowned for his stage career. Similarly, McKellen has amassed a laundry list of accolades, including Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, and many, many more. He's done it all, from acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company to playing Gandalf in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies.
We can't wait to get our paws on more info about CATS, but we love how in many ways this version is shaping up to be a distinct departure from the original—instead of a half-hearted copycat.
Inside a bustling television studio in Los Angeles, Lindsay Arnold Cusick hears the words "Five minutes to showtime." While dancers and celebrities covered head to toe in sequins whirl around preparing for their live performances on "Dancing with the Stars," Cusick pauses to say a prayer to God and express her gratitude.
"I know that it's not a given, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to do what I love for a living," says Cusick, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For her, prayer is a ritualized expression of her faith that she has maintained since she was a girl in Provo, Utah. Even with her seven-plus years of industry experience, she always takes a moment to steady herself and close her prayer in Christ's name before rushing onto the stage.
The hotly-debated Michael Jackson biomusical is back on. Not that it was ever officially off, but after its pre-Broadway Chicago run was canceled in February, its future seemed shaky.
Now, the show has secured a Broadway theater, with previews starting July 6 at the Neil Simon Theater.
In the October 1969 issue of Dance Magazine, we spoke with Jacques d'Amboise, then 20 years into his career with New York City Ballet. Though he became a principal dancer in 1953, the star admitted that it hadn't all been smooth sailing.
These days, social media is an essential tool for dance companies looking to promote their work. Karole Armitage's company, Armitage Gone! Dance, recently posted ads for their upcoming show at New York Live Arts, You Took A Part Of Me, a "mysterious and hypnotic display of erotic entanglement and unresolved attachment" inspired by traditional Japanese Noh drama.