Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed that he is rewriting parts of his legendary 1981 musical CATS, ready for its return to the west end. Some of the changes that have been revealed sound like they could be for the worse however, with the beloved character of Rum Tum Tugger set to appear as a rapping street cat. In my opinion there’s nothing worse than trying to modernise something as it ages it very quickly, but the team say they think the changes will be for the best.
The creative team also revealed that Webber was “never very happy” with his setting of Growltiger’s Last Stand and, because of this, he has completely rewritten it. This revival has the original creative team on it and they say that they are creating ‘a new blueprint’ of the work, which is based on the current touring production.
Speaking at the launch, Nunn said: “There are certain elements of the show that can be reinvestigated in very contemporary terms. The lyrics almost invite that on certain occasions. But there are other things that are comedic and mischievous and delightful and they don’t change.”
“I think we shouldn’t say we have to modernise emotion. That remains absolutely constant for every generation, and therefore for this new version,” he added.
Python’s Last Stand
In case you hadn’t heard, the Monty Python team are back and performing a 10-night run at the O2. Tickets sold out within seconds and thousands of fans have been enjoying seeing John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones perform together for the last time. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones, you can go see the show at your local cinema on the 20th July at a live streaming. See, you can always look on the bright side of life….
Adrian Mole: The Musical
The incredibly popular Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend is being made into a musical. The show will have its world premiere at Curve in Leicester, previewing from March 7th 2015. Curve Chief Executive Fiona Allan said the venue had the “huge privilege” of working with Townsend on the project, prior to her death earlier this year.
“It’s very exciting to be staging a brand new musical adaptation of her much-loved book, right here in Leicester, Sue’s beloved home town, bringing Adrian Mole’s story back to life – not only for fans, but also for a new generation,” she said.