UNIT: Hit musical 'Cats' gets rap song

Intermediate. Passive Voice Pre-Intermediate, I am doing / I do / I am going to do. Шоу-бизнес


makeover - новый облик rebellious  - бунтарский, непокорный
comeback - возвращение an inventor - изобретатель
to appeal - обращаться, призывать to include - включать в себя
a generation - поколение to reinvigorate - оживить, вновь активизировать
numerous - многочисленный contemporary  - современный
The hit musical 'Cats' has had a slight makeover for its comeback performances starting in London. One of the traditional songs will now be a rap.

The musical's writer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, said he felt the musical needed to be updated to appeal to a new generation of theatre-goers. Lloyd Webber based his musical on a famous book called "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by the famous British writer T. S. Eliot. It tells the story of a group of cats called the Jellicles, who have to decide which cat gets to come back to life after death. 'Cats' first opened in London's West End in 1981 and on Broadway in New York in 1982. It won numerous awards and ran for twenty-one years in the English capital.

The rap will be performed by the Rum Tum Tugger character, who is a rebellious street cat. Lloyd Webber said the original poem that the cat sings, written in the 1930s, has a strong rap rhythm. He joked that T.S. Eliot may have been the world's first rapper, saying: "I've come to the conclusion…that maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap." He added: "I think Rum Tum Tugger is going to have to become a street cat for today and he has to do hip-hop."

The show's producer, Sir Trevor Nunn, explained the decision to include the rap. He said: "There is a whole generation of kids who haven't seen 'Cats' or discovered it. And there are certainly elements of the show that can be reinvigorated in very contemporary terms. I am sure this performance is going to be loved by everyone"
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