Boy Erased star Lucas Hedges didn’t just play a Broadway-obsessed queer person in Lady Bird, he actually is a Broadway-obsessed queer person. During an interview with Stephen Colbert, Hedges revealed that part of his warm-up process for The Waverly Gallery, the Broadway production in which he co-stars with Elaine May and Michael Cera, is singing songs from iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats — you know, the one that’s being adapted into a film with a truly bonkers cast?
Hedges told Colbert that, as part of his pre-show prep, he sings his way through selections from the show, specifically Rum Tum Tugger and Gus the Theatre Cat’s songs. Colbert couldn’t resist the opportunity to force Hedges to sing “The Rum Tum Tugger,” the sexiest song about cat sex since...well, the only sexy song about cat sex.
In an extremely gay show about dancing cats, “Rum Tum Tugger” is something of a poly, pansexual trailblazer — officially he’s a “curious cat,” but we all know what that means.
Is Hedges trying to jockey for a role in the upcoming Cats movie adaptation, or is he just doing his part to make late-night entertaining (or is he just pandering to his gay fans)? As an experienced Broadway actor, he would actually be the least surprising addition to the film.
Somehow, the Cats movie amassed one of the most eclectic and bizarre casts ever assembled: Idris Elba as Macavity, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, Dame Judi Dench as Deuteronomy, Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, James Corden, Ian McKellen and, for some reason, Taylor Swift. While Jason Derulo is already playing Rum Tum Tugger, surely there’s still a role for Hedges?