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The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Les Misérables are three of the most popular Broadway musicals that have made their way to the big screen. Now it looks like Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats is going to to join them. It was only a matter of time before Cats got its feature film debut. The news comes from Webber himself in an interview with The Daily Mail when he said,
“I haven’t seen the [Les Mis] film but it’s fantastic for musicals because everybody wants to make them again. Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and suddenly they’re talking about a film.”
- Joey Paur
Now, Webber tells The Daily Mail that Universal's success with the "Les Miserables" film has renewed the studio's interest in the long languishing adaptation of "Cats":
"I haven't seen the [Les Mis] film but it’s fantastic for musicals because everybody wants to make them again. Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and suddenly they’re talking about a film."
The show has been running for over three decades and is the second-longest running show in Broadway history, behind only "The Phantom of the Opera". It also spawned a number of famous songs, most notably "Memory". Despite this, Webber admits he »
- Garth Franklin
Between the spectacular Warner Bros flop Rock of Ages and the smash hit of Universal's Les Miserables, 2012 had some major highs and lows when it came to movie musicals. But Broadway Andrew Lloyd Webber says the success of the latter has brought back to life Universal's interest in the long languishing Cats movie. In an interview with The Daily Mail, the composer behind such Broadway landmarks as The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and of course Cats confessed: "I haven.t seen the [Les Mis] film but it.s fantastic for musicals because everybody wants to make them again. Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and suddenly they.re talking about a film.. Buying the Cats property was a no brainer for Universal. The song and dance packed show based on T.S. Eliot's "Old »
“Cats” may claw its way to the big screen thanks to Hollywood’s renewed appetite for movie musicals, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber told the Daily Mail. He reports that Universal Pictures, which owns the film rights to the stage smash, “…has now got ‘Cats’ out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and suddenly they’re talking about a film.” If the movie gets made it has “Les Miserables” to thank for it. The film adaptation of the hit musical grossed $441.8 million worldwide and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, it was also. »
- Brent Lang
Success of the screen version of Les Misérables has revived Universal Pictures' interest in filming the classic West End show
• Andrew Lloyd Webber: modern musicals lack 'good songs'
• Top 10 film musicals
The composer told the Daily Mail that Universal Pictures owned the screen rights to the project and talks were taking place about the possibility of a film as a result of the success of the screen version of Les Misérables, which grossed more than $450m worldwide.
"Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights, and suddenly they're talking about a film," Lloyd Webber said.
The stage production was filmed live and released on DVD in 2000, two years »
- Matt Trueman
Directed by Klay Hall
Written by Jeffrey M. Howard
The story goes, per a five-part PBS documentary back in the early 2000s about the history of the Broadway musical, that when Andrew Lloyd Webber was shopping around Cats to be performed and produced in the United States, he reached out to iconic producer/director/Stephen Sondheim collaborator Harold Prince. Webber pitched Prince on Cats, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s book of feline-centric poetry, and when he was finished, Prince admitted to not grasping the deeper metaphor. Were the cats representative of the English class system? Was one of the cats a member of the royal family? What piece had Prince not figured out yet, he wondered. Webber paused, then said, “Hal. It’s about cats.”
- Josh Spiegel
We may well still be a good half-year away from the arrival of Rio 2, but Fox have already kicked off their marketing campaign for the adventure comedy / musical sequel, and with good reason.
The original film did even better than expected, netting just shy of half a billion dollars. And with Rio 2 bowing just one week after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, two weeks after Noah, and opening opposite Stretch Armstrong, Fox are no doubt wanting to lay the groundwork for the second film as early as possible.
Blu, Jewel, and their three kids live the perfect domesticated life in the magical city. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Helen Mirren was crowned queen of the London stage at the Olivier Awards Sunday, while compelling, canine-titled teen drama The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time emerged as best in show with seven trophies.
Mirren, 67, was a popular and expected best actress choice for her regal yet vulnerable Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” Peter Morgan’s behind-palace-doors drama about the relationship between Britain’s queen and its prime ministers.
The actress, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for playing Britain’s monarch in The Queen, quipped that it was 87-year-old Elizabeth who deserved an award, “for the »
- Associated Press
London – BBC TV stalwart and Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson and Welsh singer Shirley Bassey, famous for belting out the theme to Goldfinger, are among a very short list of names to already accept an invitation to attend the funeral for former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber is also an early acceptor to the occasion that is expected to heavily feature reps of the armed forces. Webber's big stage musicals such as Cats and Starlight Express are cited by many as being products of Thatcher's attitude to the arts with private enterprise shouldering the
- Stuart Kemp
About five years ago, the idea of a School Of Rock 2 was floated by director Richard Linklater and star Jack Black, but it crashed and burned in the funding stages. A stage musical, however, looks more than likely now that Andrew Lloyd Webber has got the rights to take Mr. Schneebly S to Broadway / the West End (delete as appropriate).The musical maestro behind Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Phantom Of The Opera and dozens more was talking to CBC Radio when he let slip that, "Another thing that I've just got the rights to that I am very excited about - there may be songs for me in it, but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands - is that movie School Of Rock."There are no dates, locations, directors, actors or songs confirmed, but you'd imagine that Linklater and Black will have some sort of approval over the project. »
As far as legends of the musical theater world go, Andrew Lloyd Webber is as close to kinghood as you can get. The composer and songwriter, who created such ceaselessly long-running productions as "Phantom of the Opera," "Jesus Chris Superstar," and "Cats," said in a recent interview that he has acquired the rights to an altogether different kind of production: a stage musical version of 2003 Jack Black comedy "School of Rock." In a conversation with CBC about his career, excerpted by Broadway World, Webber admits that he recently got the rights to "School of Rock" and, what's more, he might be writing new songs to go along with the preexisting ones that were referenced in the movie. Directed by Richard Linklater, "School of Rock" starred Jack Black as a slacker who goofs his way into becoming a substitute teacher at a stuffy private school. However, what Black's character really wants to do is rock, »
- Drew Taylor
The doyenne of dance, who is soon to receive an Olivier special award, believes culture of instant fame is bad for stage shows
The woman behind a host of bestselling West End shows over the past 30 years is worried about the future of the industry. Gillian Lynne, the doyenne of live dance as choreographer of Cats, The Phantom of The Opera and Aspects of Love, is to receive an Olivier award for lifetime achievement next month. She told the Observer she senses a growing threat to musical theatre from television. "It is a real problem for the West End," said the former classical ballerina. "Television, especially reality TV, is a danger because producers drop someone into a role who has been on television. It's not healthy. They want instant fame."
Recently, the Wizard of Oz, Chicago and Oliver! have all been promoted by using cast members known to TV audiences first, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Lloyd Webber began writing music at a very early age, finishing a suite of six pieces at the tender age of nine and writing music for the Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats -- the T.S. Eliot poem collection on which "Cats" is based -- at a mere 15 years old. After studying at the Royal College of Music, the budding composer's first professional production was a collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice titled "The Likes Of Us." The project was the beginning of a long partnership between Rice and Lloyd Webber, one that would spawn works like "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," among many others.
Over the course of his career, Lloyd Webber has »
- Katherine Brooks
Matt Bomer says it was fantastic to get to film the finale of White Collar on the top of the Empire State building, but there are limits. "That was a dream come true — looking over all of Manhattan and Brooklyn was unbelievable. At 5 in the morning it was brilliant; by 3 in the afternoon I was done. I’m not terribly acrophobic, but after about 10 hours up there, I was definitely ready to come down.”
Michelle Shocked has released an apology of sorts for her "God Hates Fags" rant, but mostly says everybody misunderstood what she meant. "I don't always express myself as clearly as I should. But don't believe everything you read on Facebook or Twitter. My view of homosexuality has changed not one iota. I judge not. And my statement equating repeal of Prop 8 with the coming of the End Times was neither literal nor ironic: it was a »
Feature Paul Martinovic 26 Feb 2013 - 11:41
A few months ago a programme aired on ITV called Superstar. If, like the majority of the British viewing public, it passed you by, let me quickly get you up to speed: the reality show was the brain child of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the hugely successful composer behind West End smashes such as Cats, Starlight Express and Evita who has seen a late career resurgence as the self-appointed Simon Cowell of musical theatre.
Following Webber's similarly successful recruitment shows for productions of The Wizard Of Oz and The Sound Of Music, Superstar saw contestants compete to win the title role of Jesus in a new production of Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside Sporty Spice as Mary Magdalene and a newly unemployed Chris Moyles as Herod. »
15 items from 2013
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