The hit musical 'Cats' has had a slight makeover for its comeback performances starting in December 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.
音乐剧《猫》在经过简单装扮之后，12月份在伦敦重新登台演出。其中一首传统的歌曲现在已经变成说唱音乐。音乐剧的作家安德鲁.洛伊德.韦博，说他认为音乐剧应当与时俱进来吸引那些看音乐剧的新一代人。洛伊德.韦博将一本由英国著名作家T. S. Eliot写的一本书《猫》作为这一音乐剧的基础。这本书讲述的是一群名叫Jellicle的猫的故事。它们需要决定哪只猫能够死而复生，“猫”于1981年在伦敦西区首次登台演出，在1982年在纽约百老汇也曾演出过。这一音乐剧获得了许多奖项，并在英国首都流行了21年。
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."