Who is going to be in whiskers? A.K.A. Who's in the cast?
Honestly, one of my favorite party tricks is to just pull up IMDb and list the cast of Cats, just because the collection of names is so deliciously random, a delightful mix of acting legends, pop stars, and comedians. First things first, you want to know who's going to be singing "Memory?" That would be Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, playing Grizabella.
Moving on: Let's start with the acting royalty. Though Old Deuteronomy is typically played by a man, here the stately elder cat will be portrayed by none other than Judi Dench. Fellow Brit Ian McKellan is Gus the Theatre Cat, who, like McKellan, has had a historic career on the stage. Jason Derulo is Rum Tum Tugger, a cat who can only be described as the "sexy one." Taylor Swift -- famous as a pop star and a cat lady -- will be Bombalurina, who sings about Macavity the Mystery Cat, a renowned criminal to be embodied by Idris Elba. Rebel Wilson and James Corden are Jennyanydots and Bustopher Jones, respectively, while former New York City Ballet dancer Robert Fairchild is Munkustrap, the cat who explains what the hell is going on.
Do any of these people have a history with Cats?
Funny you ask: Dench was actually going to play Grizabella in the first London production, but an injury prevented her from participating. She once told an audience: "I went to see it and thought, 'I'm glad I wasn't in that.'" That's an incredibly shady choice of words, but it seems she's had a change of heart.