'Cats' gets rap twist for West End revival

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Associated Press

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 10:03 AM

LONDON (AP) — "Cats" is back — and now one of the felines raps.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical returns to London's West End in December in a revamped production with a hip-hop flavor.

Based on T.S. Eliot's whimsical "Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats," the musical opened in London in 1981, running for 21 years there and 18 years on Broadway.

Lloyd Webber said Monday he had tweaked parts of the show, which has been performed in more than 30 countries.

Lloyd Webber said he was making the character of Rum Tum Tugger a rapping street cat because "I've come to the conclusion that ... maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap."

The show, helmed by original director Trevor Nunn, runs at London's Palladium for 12 weeks beginning Dec. 6.

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