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Stage Spy: Cats gets TV show spoof with Dogs, Gary Barlow attached?

This is definitely an April Fools windup…. especially in light of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Dogs tribute! But hey, one of the streamers would surely commission it, and this is showbiz after all, so anything is possible!

Gary Barlow to pen songs for a fictional stage musical that gets turned into a film! Will Andrew Lloyd Webber love the roasting, or have a sense of humour failure?

In one of his last columns for the Daily Mail before he heads to entertainment industry site Deadline, Baz reports (on 1st April…) that comedy writer Sean Gray has written a new TV series called Dogs.

It’s apparently about the making of a movie that’s based on a hit stage musical. And is called Dogs… It’s not a massive leap to get to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tom Hooper’s 2019 Cats movie based on ALW’s smash-hit musical, starring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, and Francesca Hayward.

Calamity Films are behind the project. They are the TV outfit that is also attached to turning Call My Agent into a stage show from its successful French, and soon to be English, hit TV series.

Attached to write the songs of the musical is Take That’s Gary Barlow. He does have musicals form, having written the songs for Calendar Girls The Musical, plus West End show The Band, which was a musical based on Take That’s songs, and is to become a movie called Greatest Days, which is now filming in the UK. Gary Barlow is also bringing his one man stage show to London this year, with A Different Stage coming to the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Sean Gray has been a writer and co executive producer on HBO’s Veep, and also on Armando Iannucci’s other show, The Thick of It. So expect it to be a right old musical roasting!


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