CS Sings: Our Singing Cats Movie Review!
With Universal Pictures‘s movie adaptation of the hit musical Cats hitting theaters this weekend, ComingSoon.net is bringing you the first edition of CS Sings, where talented musicians review a film… with a song! For Cats we recruited talented New York performer Camille Harris, who sings about some of the big changes director Tom Hooper made. Check out the video in the player below!
Camille Harris is a musician, comedian, playwright, and composer whose compositions have been featured in commercials for clients such as Nickelodeon, Adobe, Merrill Lynch and more. An expert sight-singer, she has sight-read new music at The New Dramatists and The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, and has performed in new works at The Whitney Museum, The Dramatists Guild Foundation and Walkerspace TriBeCa, among others.
The film stars Tony- and Emmy-winning actor and host James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors, The Late Late Show with James Corden), Academy Award-winning actress Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love), multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Jason Derulo, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba (HBO’s The Wire, BBC One’s Luther), Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning artist Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Academy Award-nominated actor Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters), Emmy and ten-time Grammy-winning global music icon Taylor Swift, comedy superstar Rebel Wilson (the Pitch Perfect franchise) and introduces Francesca Hayward, principal dancer with The Royal Ballet.
Adapted for the screen by Hooper and Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Cats is produced by Hooper and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as Debra Hayward (Les Misérables), who brought the idea to Working Title. The film will be produced by Working Title Films in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group and executive produced by three-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, musical theater legend Lloyd Webber, Angela Morrison (Les Misérables) and Jo Burn (Annihilation).
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the London stage production of Cats received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981—where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years.
The film is scheduled to hit the theaters on December 20.