Rum Tum Tugger to return as a rapping feline in ‘Cats’ revival

BY Joshua Barajas  July 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM EDT

Photo by Eigenes Werk/Flickr

Photo by Eigenes Werk/Flickr

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” returns to London’s West End in December with a rapping feline now among the cast.

The 66-year-old British composer said Monday that the musical will undergo a few changes before its 12-week run at London’s Palladium beginning Dec. 6, including the character of Rum Tum Tugger revamped as a “contemporary street cat.”

Based on T.S. Eliot’s poem collection “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the award-winning musical ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway.

Lloyd Webber told Evening Standard that the revival was a chance to rework the curious cat’s song, “Rum Tum Tugger,” as a rap number.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that “Rum Tum Tugger” was possibly the first ever rap song,” Lloyd Webber said. “T.S. Eliot clearly anticipated rapping in his meters.”

MC Skat Kat could not be reached for comment.