Taylor Swift Co-Wrote A Song With Andrew Lloyd Webber For 'Cats'

Lawrence Kim
October 25, 2019

It was penned by Swift and Lloyd Webber during shooting of the film in late 2018, coming together spontaneously as the outgrowth of a rehearsal the two had planned to go over Swift's performance of a song she sings in the movie, "Macavity the Mystery Cat". In the film, the white cat Victoria (played by dancer Francesca Hayward) sings "Beautiful Ghosts", while Swift has also recorded her own studio version, which will be played over the end credits. Today, it's been revealed that Taylor Swift - who has a role in it as Bombalurina - has also co-written an original track for the musical with original composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. It was reportedly written over a year ago.

Taylor Swift isn't limiting her participation in the new film version of "Cats" to just an acting role after all. Swift has never won an Oscar, although Lloyd Webber has - in 1997, with Tim Rice, for a song from Evita.

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 nearly 9,000 performances. This means that Swift will be eligible for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, if it comes to that. The wafer-thin plot tells the story of the Jellicles, a colony of cats, over the night of their annual Jellicle ball.

The forthcoming film adaptation is directed by Tom Hooper, who was behind the 2012 live-action version of Les Misérables.

In addition to Swift, other members of the "Cats" cast include Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo and Jennifer Hudson, who'll wrap her powerful pipes around the show's signature song "Memory".

Some viewers called the trailer cursed, nightmarish, and resembling a "demented dream ballet".

"Cats" hits theaters on December 20.

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