The hit musical 'Cats' has had a slight makeover for its comeback performances starting in December in London. One of the traditional songs will now be a rap. The musical's writer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, said he felt the musical needed to be updated to appeal to a new generation of theatre-goers. Lloyd Webber based his musical on a famous book called "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by the famous British writer T. S. Eliot. It tells the story of a group of cats called the Jellicles, who have to decide which cat gets to come back to life after death. 'Cats' first opened in London's West End in 1981 and on Broadway in New York in 1982. It won numerous awards and ran for twenty-one years in the English capital.
音乐剧《猫》在经过简单装扮之后，12月份在伦敦重新登台演出。其中一首传统的歌曲现在已经变成说唱音乐 。音乐剧的作家安德鲁.洛伊德.韦博，说他认为音乐剧应当与时俱进来吸引那些看音乐剧的新一代人 。洛伊德.韦博将一本由英国著名作家T. S. Eliot写的一本书《猫》作为这一音乐剧的基础 。这本书讲述的是一群名叫Jellicle的猫的故事 。它们需要决定哪只猫能够死而复生，“猫”于1981年在伦敦西区首次登台演出，在1982年在纽约百老汇也曾演出过 。这一音乐剧获得了许多奖项，并在英国首都流行了21年 。
The rap will be performed by the Rum Tum Tugger character, who is a rebellious street cat. Lloyd Webber said the original poem that the cat sings, written in the 1930s, has a strong rap rhythm. He joked that T.S. Eliot may have been the world's first rapper, saying: "I've come to the conclusion…that maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap." He added: "I think Rum Tum Tugger is going to have to become a street cat for today and he has to do hip-hop." The show's producer, Sir Trevor Nunn, explained the decision to include the rap. He said: "There is a whole generation of kids who haven't seen 'Cats' or discovered it. And there are certainly elements of the show that can be reinvigorated in very contemporary terms."
说唱音乐将会由“好奇的猫”这一角色演唱，它是一只富有叛逆精神的街猫。洛伊德.韦博说，这只猫原来所唱的诗歌，是在20世纪30年代被创作出来，并带有明显的说唱节奏 。他开玩笑说，T.S. Eliot可能是世界上第一位说唱音乐家，他还说，我已经得出结论，或许Eliot是说唱音乐的创造者 。他补充说道，我认为“好奇的猫”将会变成现在的街猫 。这只猫需要跳街舞 。音乐剧的制作人，特拉维.拿恩爵士，解释了将说唱音乐融入进来的原因 。他说，当今有一代人完全没有看过《猫》或者发现过这一音乐剧 。演出的一些元素可以借助非常现代的名词来复兴 。
Do we need to discuss this question? -- Yes.
这个问题还用得着讨论吗 -- 要讨论 。
2.a new generation新一代
And together, we are committed to providing a new generation of leadership for our people and our alliance.
3.a group of一组，一群
The town lies within the control of a group of guerrillas.
We have to weigh the cost of the new system against the benefits it will bring.
5.come back to life复活；恢复健康，苏醒过来
Because obviously, if we keep extending the origins of technology far back, I think we come back to life at some point.
1.When does 'Cats' start its new season?
2.Who does the writer of 'Cats' want to appeal to?
a) cat owners
b) younger theatre-goers
d) dog lovers
3.Who wrote the book on which 'Cats' is based?
a) J.K. Rowling
c) Fee Line
d) T.S. Eliot
4.When did 'Cats' first open in London?
5.For how long did 'Cats' first run in London?
a) 24 years
b) 23 years
c) 22 years
d) 21 years
6.What kind of street cat is Rum Tum Tugger?
a) a cool cat
b) an intelligent one
c) a rebellious one
d) one with nine lives
7.When was the book the songs are based on written?
a) in the 1930s
b) last year
d) 10 years ago
8.What did Lloyd Webber joke about regarding T.S. Eliot?
a) that we was a musical star
b) that he hated cats
c) he was the inventor of rap
d) he was a cat in a past life
9.Who is Sir Trevor Nunn?
a) a cat expert
b) the show's producer
c) a musicals critic
d) a singer
10.What did Trevor Nunn say could be reinvigorated?
a) parts of the show
b) pet shops
d) Andrew Lloyd Webber