- Andrew Lloyd Webber said he didn’t like the film adaptation of his “Cats” musical.
- He told Variety that when he saw it he thought “oh, God, no,” then “I went out and bought a dog.”
- He claimed he told an airline “I’m emotionally damaged and I must have this therapy dog.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber said he was so unhappy with the film version of his famous musical “Cats” that he had to get a therapy dog.
The composer told Variety that he didn’t like the 2019 adaptation when he saw it: “‘Cats’ was off-the-scale all wrong. 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.”
He said the dog was a therapy dog, and claimed he told an unnamed airline that he had to travel with it.
“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,” he told Variety.
“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.'”
The 2019 movie featured stars like Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Taylor Swift, but was widely mocked for its bizarre anthropomorphic cats that had both human and feline features.