Andrew Lloyd Webber reveals that the Cats film helped him get an emotional support dog on a flight to America.

As he prepares to open his delayed new musical Cinderella, the impresario of many musicals Andrew Lloyd Webber has given a new interview to Variety to discuss his theatre work.

It’s a long conversation, and you can read it in full here. As this is a film website though, our interest was drawn to the movie side of the chat. Two things stood out.

Firstly, that Lloyd Webber believes the best big screen adaptation of his work to date is Alan Parker’s film of Evita, starring Madonna. “To this day, I don’t think anybody else could have done it better”, he says of her leading performance in the film.

More recently of course, the big screen take on the hugely successful musical Cats made it to the big screen, and was chased off it again not long thereafter. Lloyd Webber concedes that the whole thing was a bit of a disaster. “Cats was off-the-scale all wrong”, he admitted. “There wasn’t any understanding of why the music ticked at all”.

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“I saw it and I just though ‘oh God, no’”, adding “it was the first time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog”.

And when Lloyd Webber needed to prove to an airline that said dog was an emotional support and therapy hound, he was asked to provide proof. “Did you see what Hollywood did to my musical Cats?”, he replied. “No doctor’s report required”, the airline condeded.

Cats is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.

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