GIVEAWAY: advance screening of CATS on Tuesday, December 17 (Philly, PA)

Calling all Jellicle cat lovers, and those who are just curious! MMT has scored 25 admit-two passes to the Philly screening of CATS, Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s SpeechLes Misérables, The Danish Girl) cinematic transformation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber record-shattering stage musical.

I know there’s a lot of talk about what the trailers have looked like, but I’m old-school and have seen the musical three times – my first experience being its closing weekend at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, after it set the record for the longest running show on Broadway (at that time). With a theater set tailored for the play from top to bottom, and fantastic farewell performances, it was a magical experience to say the least. And my last two viewings here in Philly, including the show’s run earlier this year, were great – so, I’m more than willing to give this movie experience a try!

Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.

Featuring Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (HamiltonIn the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.

The film also stars Robbie Fairchild (Broadway’s An American in Paris), Laurie Davidson (TNT’s Will), hip-hop dance sensation Les Twins (Larry and Laurent Bourgeois), acclaimed dancer Mette Towley (featured in videos for Rihanna and Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D.), Royal Ballet principal dancer Steven McRae, and rising-star singer Bluey Robinson.

Want to put your name in the hat? You must be subscribed to this website, and send an email to with your full name and the subject line “Jellicle.” Twenty-five winners will be selected at random and notified by Monday afternoon, December 16.

You can get additional information about the film and watch the trailer at the official website here. CATS opens in theaters nationwide on December 20.

Good luck!


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