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Wayne McGregor to choreograph big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats

Wayne McGregor. Photo: Anne Deniau Wayne McGregor. Photo: Anne Deniau
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Wayne McGregor is choreographing a new film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, which will start shooting later this year.

A film version of the stage musical has been in the works for some time, directed by Tom Hooper – who also directed the film adaptation of Les Miserables. Work on casting the production has now begun.

Lloyd Webber’s original stage production of Cats was choreographed by Gillian Lynne, after whom the composer recently renamed the theatre at which she created the show in 1981.

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Her choreography was replaced for a 2016 Broadway revival by that of Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, although the work was based on her original vision.

McGregor, the Royal Ballet’s resident choreographer, will now take the reins as the musical transfers to the big screen.

Studio Wayne McGregor has issued an open casting call for ensemble performers in the film, which is being produced by Working Title Films and Universal Studios.

The advert calls for dancers of all styles between the ages of 16 and 30. Performers are also required to have a good level of singing.

Casting will take place in London in the weeks of June 25 and July 23, with rehearsals beginning in September.

Shooting will begin in the UK in November.

Earlier this year, Lloyd Webber was said to be writing a new song for the film, which at that stage had not yet been green-lit by studio bosses.

More information about how to apply can be found here.

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