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All the West End and Broadway Performers in the ‘Cats’ Movie

July 18, 2019 by TodayTix
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The jellicle cats are coming out around the holidays on Dec. 20, and the first trailer of Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical based on T.S. Elliot’s poems is finally out. Watch Judi Dench fulfill her “Cats” destiny. See a sneak peak of James Corden’s dance break. Listen to Jennifer Hudson belt the classic “Memory.”

Watch the trailer below, and find our which West End and Broadway favorites are in the film.

Jennifer Hudson
She starred on Broadway in “The Color Purple.” She won an Oscar for playing Effie in “Dreamgirls.” We can’t wait to see what she brings to the iconic role of Grizabella, the glamour cat. She will certainly be making many memories…

James Corden
The Tony winner and two-time Tony Awards host is playing Bustopher Jones, the cat who enjoys living his life to the fullest. We can’t wait to see how Corden hams it up. If the trailer is indication, the answer is a lot.

Rebel Wilson
While she hasn’t been on Broadway yet, Wilson starred as Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” in the West End in 2016 and starred in “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” at The Hollywood Bowl. This fall, she’ll star in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” at Sydney Theater Company. Her “Cats” character Jennyanydots has a big tap number in the musical. We can’t wait to see Wilson’s take onscreen.

Robert Fairchild
The acclaimed ballet dancer and Tony nominee for “An American in Paris” is bringing his showmanship to the role of Munkustrap, the leader of the ragtag group of jellicle felines.

Idris Elba
Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity. There’s also no one like Elba, who stars as the mystical criminal cat. His latest theater endeavor is a collaboration with the Young Vic’s artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah on “Tree,” a music, dance, and film piece that’s running at the theater July 29-Aug. 24.

Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen’s stage resume is almost longer than his film one, but musicals are few and far between so we’re excited to see him take on something new with “Cats” as Gus the Theater Cat. The role makes sense as McKellen loves theater as much as the cat.

Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench was supposed to play Grizabella in the original production of “Cats,” but she tore her Achilles tendon and was replaced by Elaine Page. She’s taking care of some unfinished business by gender-bending the role of Old Deuteronomy, the troupe’s wise and all-knowing elder.

Zizi Strallen
The West End favorite starred in “Strictly Ballroom,” and she’ll star again in the titular role in “Mary Poppins” this winter. She plays Tantomile, who’s one of the mystical twins with Coricopat.

Melissa Madden Gray
The cabaret and West End performer is playing Griddlebone. Her stage name is Meow Meow so she’s the ideal “Cats” cast member.