One question about "Cats": Why?

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This image released by Universal Pictures shows Francesca Hayward as Victoria and Robbie Fairchild as Munkustrap in a scene from “Cats.” Associated Press

Every generation needs their baptism by fire. I refer, of course, to one’s first experience of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats,” based on T.S. Eliot’s 1939 poetry collection titled “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” Perhaps some experienced “Cats” in the fur on Broadway, where it ran from 1982 to 2000 (plus a 2016 revival), while others were exposed to the whiskers-and-leg-warmers jamboree via VHS tape or community theater production. Nevertheless, it seems many younger millennials and Gen Z have somehow escaped the “Cats” phenomenon, which director Tom Hooper seeks to correct with his movie version of “Cats,” covered in a fine digital fur.

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This image released by Universal Pictures shows Taylor Swift as Bombalurina in a scene from “Cats.” Courtesy

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This image released by Universal Pictures shows Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger in a scene from "Cats." Courtesy 

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