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Photo Flash: Jellicle Cats Come out Tonight - First Look at the Broadway Revival!

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre currently home to Lloyd Webber's newest hit, School of Rock - The Musical, where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. Cats was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen, and The Shubert Organization. The creative team for the new Broadway production of Cats includes John Napier Scenic amp Costume Design, Natasha Katz Lighting Design, Mick Potter Sound Design, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne, and direction by Trevor Nunn.
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Beverley Knight returns to the role of Grizabella in ‘Cats’

Beverley Knight is back in the role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats for an exclusive 11 week run at the London Palladium. The show will run until January 2nd.

The cast joining Beverley Knight (Grizabella) comprises Madalena Alberto (alternate Grizabella), Jack Butterworth (Rumpus/Alonzo), Danielle Cato (Cassandra), Javier Cid (Macavity/Admetus), Luke Cinque-White (Carbucketty), Emma Lee Clark (Bombalurina), Jon-Scott Clark (Bill Bailey), Gabrielle Cocca (Tantomile), Harry Francis (Mungojerrie), Tarryn Gee (Jemima), Evan James (Skimbleshanks), Matt Krzan (Munkustrap), Georgie Leatherland (Rumpelteazer), Adam Linstead (Old Deuteronomy), Paul F Monaghan (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones), Jane Quinn (Jennyanydots), Mark John Richardson (Quaxo/ Mistoffelees), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum), Jordan Shaw (Pouncival), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/ White Cat), James Titchener (Coricopat), Marcquelle Ward (Tugger) and Anna Woodside (Demeter). They are joined by Megan Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Lucy Brushett, Oliver Ramsdale, Alex Pinder and Barry Haywood as swings.

Beverley Knight (Grizabella) in Cats, photo Alessandro
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Stage Tube: Watch as Kerry Ellis Becomes 'Grizabella' in West End's Cats!

Kerry Ellis has just joined the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical Cats playing the role of Grizabella, and below, you can watch as she transforms into her character Based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Cats returned to the West End last month with the original creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber - reunited for the Palladium run.
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Tom Petty Gets Songwriting Credit for Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

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Tom Petty Gets Songwriting Credit for Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’
Smith’s representative says likeness to Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” is “a complete coincidence”

If you thought Sam Smith’s breakthrough single “Stay with Me” sounded a lot like Tom Petty’s 1989 hit single “I Won’t Back Down,” Smith agrees.

According to American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Ascap) public records, both Petty and his writing partner Jeff Lynne are listed as writers, along with Smith and collaborators William Edward Phillips and James John Napier.

Also read;: Sam Smith’s Debut Album Sells Over One Million Copies in Both Us and UK

How and when did it happen?
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Photo Flash: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cats Creative Team Pose for #CatsSnap!

Nicole Scherzinger just made her West End stage debut as 'Grizabella' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical Cats, returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium. Below, check out a photo of creative team Webber, Trevor Nunn and John Napier posing at the show's CatSnaps portrait, as featured on the official Facebook page.
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Photo Flash: A Jellicle Return! First Look at Nicole Scherzinger & More in West End Revival of Cats!

As previously announced, Nicole Scherzinger will make her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical Cats. Returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium, press night is on 11 December at 7pm. Based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber - are reunited to bring Cats back to the West End this Christmas. Below, check out new production shots of Scherzinger with the rest of the cast in action
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Stage Tube: Andrew Lloyd Webber Talks Cats Revival with Nicole Scherzinger!

As previously announced, Nicole Scherzinger will make her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical Cats. Returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium, press night is on 11 December at 7pm. Based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber - are reunited to bring Cats back to the West End this Christmas.In the videos below, Webber and Eliot's goddaughter Susanna Morley chat with Cerys Matthews about the origin of the musical and the revival on 'The One Show.' Check out the full interviews below
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Daniel Radcliffe Covers Out March 2013

His new film "Kill Your Darlings" premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January, and now Daniel Radcliffe is rocking the cover of Out magazine's March 2013 issue.

The "Harry Potter" actor donned a collection of designer duds from Bottega Veneta for the Kai Z Feng-shot front page while opening up about everything from the end of his breakout British wizardry series to expanding his career.

Before becoming "The Boy Who Lived," Daniel recalls that he wasn't normal to begin with. "My dad was a literary agent from a very working-class background in Northern Ireland, and my mom was a Jewish and from Essex, so I think I always felt different from everyone else in my class."

When Daniel's career took a turn for the Broadway stage, he admitted that he had a few haters, explaining, "While we were in rehearsal [for Equus], there was a headline along the lines of 'Crash! What's that?
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tMF Weekly Top 3: Who's making the biggest buzz among your favorite young actors?

Every Monday, tMF gives you a rundown of who's making the biggest buzz among the current crop of young talents. Based on the hottest news about upcoming movies, awards and nominations, magazine covers and interviews, and special appearances on festivals, talkshows and upcoming TV series or just about anything that make fans more excited about movies! [ September 8 2008 Edition ] Others in the running were: Aaron Johnson, Michael Cera, Colin Morgan and Emile Hirsch. - - - Taking the third spot is one of Disney's biggest stars and definitely one of today's most promising young actors, Zac Efron. The Buzz: Early reviews of his latest movie, Me and Orson Welles (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1175506/), are convincing a number of serious moviegoers that there's more to Zac than playing cute and singing in High School musicals. But what's wrong with singing in movies? If you think about it, there are but a few
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Theatre 'Barrier' Built To Protect Naked Radcliffe From Broadway Fans

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Theatre 'Barrier' Built To Protect Naked Radcliffe From Broadway Fans
The Broadway theatre hosting Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe's play Equus has been revamped to stop female fans of the young Brit from mobbing him onstage.

Radcliffe strips completely nude in Equus, and theatre bosses feared he would be distracted by, and at risk from, fans in stage-level seats.

So Broadhurst Theater designer John Napier has raised those seats by more than two metres, creating a barrier between the audience and Radcliffe.

Napier explains, "If you put Harry Potter on the stage with people directly in front of him, you're likely to get a lot of screaming young girls, particularly when he takes his kit off. It was a very sensible decision for us to raise the audience up. There's more of a barrier."

Equus officially opens at the Broadhurst on 25 September. Previews began on Friday.

Radcliffe received rave reviews in London when he starred in the play on the West End last year.

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