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    I'm Actually Cackling At Andrew Lloyd Webber Watching "Cats" (2019) And Immediately Going Out To Buy A Dog

    "Just see what Hollywood did to my musical Cats."

    It seems like a lifetime ago when Cats (2019, directed by Tom Hooper) entered our lives without any of our consent.

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    I will never get the image of James Corden playing a cat out of my mind. No matter how hard I try. 

    However, I'm not the only one who was forever scarred by Cats. I know at least one other person, and their name is Andrew Lloyd Webber:

    Andrew Lloyd Webber attends the world premiere of "Cats"
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    In case that name sounds familiar, it's because ALW composed the music for the stage musical Cats — along with many other iconic Broadway shows.

    The Neil Simon Theater, where the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical 'Cats' is playing
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    So, it's completely normal to get this man's opinion! I mean, Cats is the longest-running musical on Broadway!


    And an opinion, he did give. He called the film "off-the-scale all wrong" in an interview with Variety.

    "There wasn’t really any understanding of why the music ticked at all. I saw it and I just thought, ‘Oh, God, no.’ It was the first time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog. So the one good thing to come out of it is my little Havanese puppy.”

    "I went out and bought a dog."

    That's not all! Not only did he buy a dog, he got the dog registered as an emotional support animal for traveling:

    "I wrote off and said I needed him with me at all times because I’m emotionally damaged and I must have this therapy dog. The airline wrote back and said, 'Can you prove that you really need him?' And I said, 'Yes, just see what Hollywood did to my musical Cats.' Then the approval came back with a note saying, 'No doctor’s report required.'"

    His dog helped him cope with the abomination that is Cats (2019)...and the airline considered that a completely valid reason.

    Anyway, I hope this made you chuckle. Here's one more pic of ALW and Mojito for the road:

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