Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Meow! “Cats” Movie Finally a Go, with Jennifer Hudson Singing “Memory” and “Les Miz” Director Tom Hooper


Credit this story to the great Baz Bamigboye in London’s Daily Mail Friday.

Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Cats” will finally be a movie. Jennifer Hudson will play Grizabella, the famous cat who sings ALW’s immortal song, “Memory.”

Tom Hooper, Oscar winner for “The King’s Speech,” much awarded for “Les Miserables,” will direct.

Baz says Taylor Swift will wear a cat suit– she notably loves cats — James Corden, who’s taking a lot of extra jobs lately– is he tiring of the late night chat show?– he’s in it, too. Sounds like Hooper will feature cameos from many stars.

“Cats” has made a fortune around the world and twice on Broadway. It’s not Sondheim. The show gained notoriety in New York for being a safe place to send tourists who didn’t understand English– not much plot. But a cool “Cats” movie would be a nice surprise. These people can do it!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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