Andy Blankenbuehler to Choreograph 'Cats' Musical Film Adaptation
The three-time Tony Award-winning choreographer previously served as the choreographer for the musical's recent stage revival.
Andy Blankenbuehler is set to choreograph Universal Pictures and Working Title's film adaption of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The three-time Tony Award-winning choreographer previously served as the choreographer for the musical's recent stage revival. This year, Blankenbuehler received the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors for his work on the musical Hamilton, for which he also won a Tony Award.
Blankenbuehler has a hefty résumé of accomplishments in theater, and has been awarded for his work on the productions Bandstand and In The Heights. Other Broadway credits include Bring It On, 9 to 5, The People in the Picture, The Apple Tree and Annie.
Apart from theater, the choreographer's work has been featured in stage work for Elton John and Bette Midler, the Caesars Palace production Nights on Broadway and a myriad of television programs such as the Lionsgate/ABC remake of Dirty Dancing, America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance, among others.
Apart from Cats, Blankenbuehler will also serve as choreographer for the new musical Only Gold and is currently working on a new limited series for FX about the lives of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.
The musical Cats — which is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history and was the longest-running Broadway show ever from 1997 until 2006 — is set to have an all-star cast including Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Ian McKellen. Production on the film, to be directed by Tom Hooper (Les Misérables), is set to begin later this year in the U.K., with more cast due to be announced.
Blankenbuehler is repped by WME.
Cats is set for a Dec. 20, 2019, theatrical release.