Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat. He’s getting even more curious as his role will now be done entirely in rap in the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats in London’s West End.
New Production for Broadway 2014: Cats in the West End
In December, a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats will feature a newly rethought Rum Tum Tugger. The character was originally based on Mick Jagger, and Webber is rethinking the character for a new generation. Webber also thinks that T.S. Eliot might have invented rap — his rhymes do lend themselves to the flow of rap and hip-hop.
New Production for Broadway 2014: Holler If Ya Hear Me
There is also a new jukebox musical — Holler If Ya Hear Me — based on the music of Tupac Shakur, who died in 1996. It’s not a musical that is based on his life, but more like a Memphis, which uses the music of the era to tell a story. Here’s a preview with the cast:
With the new Tupac musical, and the historical popularity of shows like In The Heights and the upcoming hip-hop Annie movie set to hit theatres, hip-hop is a genre that has been around for over three decades — so it’s about time we have a few more musicals that reflect a genre that has influence well outside itself — hip-hop is mainstream.
Which musicals do you think could use some hip-hop rethinking? If you get them staged, come to Manhattan Wardrobe Supply for your costume, makeup and hair needs!