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Film & TV News Andy Blankenbuehler Boards Cats Movie The Hamilton Tony winner will choreograph the movie musical, taking over for Wayne McGregor.
Andy Blankenbuehler Marc J. Franklin

After bringing the Jellicle Ball to Broadway for the 2016 revival of Cats, Andy Blankenbuehler will choreograph the feline-friendly film adaptation of the musical.

The three-time Tony Award winner is a late addition to the creative team for the movie, according to Deadline, as he takes over as choreographer for the previously announced Wayne McGregor of the Royal Ballet due to scheduling conflicts. Production is slated to start next month, with the movie currently scheduled to premiere December 20, 2019.

Among the stars tapped to appear in the Tom Hooper-directed movie are Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, and Jason Derulo.


Blankenbuehler won a Tony Award last year for his work on the musical Bandstand. He previously won Tonys for choreographing Hamilton and In the Heights. His additional credits include another Lin-Manuel Miranda project—Bring It On—and 9 to 5. He is also set to work with Hamilton collaborators Miranda and Thomas Kail on FX's upcoming Fosse/Verdon.

Backstage Photos from the Original Cats

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