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'Cats' Movie vs. 'Cats' on Broadway - 5 Major Differences!

'Cats' Movie vs. 'Cats' on Broadway - 5 Major Differences!

The new movie Cats is now in theaters and it’s based on the Broadway musical of the same name. So, what is different?

Whenever a known property is adapted into a film, it’s common for big changes to be made. Here are five things that are different between the film and stage show:

  • 1. Taylor Swift wrote a new song called “Beautiful Ghosts” for the movie and it’s not featured in the Broadway show. While she sings it for the end credits, Francesca Hayward’s character Victoria performs it in the film.
  • 2. Victoria, the white cat, becomes a principal character in the movie. She’s a featured dancer in the Broadway musical, but the movie focuses on her story.
  • 3. Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, is portrayed by a woman for the first time in the movie. Judi Dench plays the role!
  • 4. Bombulurina, who is played by Swift, has a much smaller role in the film. The character is only featured in one song at the end of the movie while she is part of many musical numbers on stage.
  • 5. The plot is much clearer in the movie than in the Broadway musical, which is notorious for not being about much of anything. While the film still has the same general storyline as the stage musical, it’s much easier to understand what’s going on in the movie!

READ MORE: What Is ‘Cats’ About? Movie Trailer Finally Explains Plot to Confused Broadway Fans

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Photos: Universal Pictures
Posted to: Broadway, Cats, Movies

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