Stage musical legend Andrew Lloyd Webber and uber-popular singer Taylor Swift have penned a new song together for the upcoming film adaptation of Webber’s iconic musical “Cats”.
The pair reportedly didn’t actually meet up with the intention of writing a new song, originally planning to rehearse her performance of the song “Macavity the Mystery Cat” which she sings in the film in her role as Bombalurina.
Webber brought up he had written the instrumental basis of a new song and played it, and she began improvising lyrics and vocal elements, with the song coming together quickly after that. Titled “Beautiful Ghosts,” it is the one new track in the forthcoming adaptation of the 1981 stage musical.
The number is said to appear at least three times in the movie, initially sung halfway through the film by Francesca Hayward as Victoria who becomes the central figure in this reimagining, Judi Dench’s Old Deuteronomy reprises it briefly, and finally Swift herself will sing the full track over the closing titles.
The track is needed for the Victoria character who otherwise doesn’t have a song, and it will be the only song in the score not drawn from the original source material – T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”.
“Beautiful Ghosts” is also likely to be eligible for best song at the Oscars or Golden Globes, a good move in a year where there are not really any major contenders at this point unlike last year where “A Star is Born” was an easy favourite.