Jennifer Hudson Shares The Plot Of “Cats” (Hint: The Songs Explain Everything)


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>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY! WELCOME BACK TO “THE LATE SHOW.” FOLKS, MY FIRST GUEST IS AN
ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS AND TWO-TIME GRAMMY
AWARD-WINNING SINGER YOU KNOW FROM “DREAMGIRLS” AND “THE COLOR
PURPLE.” SHE NOW STARS IN “CATS.” PLEASE WELCOME JENNIFER HUDSON! ♪ ♪ ♪
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I NEED TO COME HERE MORE OFTEN!>>Stephen: THERE YOU GO,
EXACTLY.>>WOW!>>Stephen: DON’T BE A
STRANGER. PEOPLE IN THE ED SULLIVAN LOVE
JENNIFER HUDSON.>>THANK YOU!>>Stephen: IT’S NICE. THAT IS– THAT IS AN ABSOLUTELY
BEAUTIFUL DRESS.>>YOU LIKE IT?>>Stephen: I LOVE THE SPARKLE
BLUE. THAT’S VERY NICE.>>HOLIDAY FESTIVE. THANK YOU.>>Stephen: NOW, OBVIOUSLY,
PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS EXCITED TO SEE JENNIFER HUDSON. BUT PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN VERY
EXCITED BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN SPOTTED PORTRAYING A NEW ROLE. I– I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS. YOU ARE NOW GOING TO BE
PORTRAYING ARETHA FRANKLIN FOR THE BIOPIC, “RESPECT.”>>YES.>>Stephen: THAT’S
EXTRAORDINARY. AND IS IT TRUE, I HEARD THAT
ARETHA FRANKLIN PERSONALLY PICKED YOU TO PORTRAY HER WHILE
SHE WAS STILL WITH US?>>YES. WHICH IS MIND BLOWING.>>Stephen: THAT IS.>>IT IS.>>Stephen: WHAT WAS THAT
PHONE CALL LIKE? DID YOU TALK TO HER ABOUT IT?>>OH, YEAH. FIRST OF ALL, WE HAD OUR FIRST
MEETING ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO RIGHT AFTER I WON MY OSCAR FOR
“DREAMGIRLS.” WE HAD A MEETING HERE IN NEW
YORK. AND SHE MADE A FINAL DECISION
WHILE I WAS ON “THE COLOR PURPLE.” SHE SAID, “I MADE MY DECISION,
IT IS GOING TO BE YOU PLAYING ME.” AND I SAID, “YES, MA’AM.” AND SHE SAID, “DON’T SAY
ANYTHING.” WE TALKED ABOUT IT FOR A LONG
TIME NOW AND IT’S ACTUALLY MANIFESTING NOW.>>Stephen: YOU SPENT SOME
TIME WITH ARETHA TOWARD OF END OF HER LIFE.>>YES.>>Stephen: I HAVE A
PHOTOGRAPH HERE– ACTUALLY, I HAVE TWO OF THEM. THIS IS CLASSIC ARETHA THERE. AND THEN THIS IS THE TWO OF
YOU– I UNDERSTAND YOU LOVE THIS PHOTOGRAPH.>>IT’S MY FAVORITE PHOTO.>>Stephen: TELL ME WHAT’S
GOING ON HERE.>>HERE I AM DOING A TRIBUTE– I
DID MANY TRIBUTES TO HER– AT THE B.E.T.– AND IT WAS SUPPOSED
TO BE A SURPRISE. WE’RE IN REHEARSAL AT THE VENUE,
AND ARETHA SHOULDN’T– SHOULDN’T HAVE KNOWN ANYTHING ABOUT IT,
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN SHE BURST INSIDE OF THE REHEARSAL SPACE. AND EVERYBODY STOPS LIKE…( LAUGHTER )
OKAY, ARETHA’S HERE. WHAT DO WE DO? WE COULDN’T SING ANYTHING. ANYWAY, SHE SAT DOWN AND SHE
TALKED TO ME FOR A LONG TIME. AND THEN SHE MADE WHILE SHE WAS
LEAVING SPP THEY SAID, “SHE’S OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR LISTENING.”>>Stephen: SHE’S NOT DUMB.>>SO SHE POPPED US ON US AND
SAT IN THE MIDDLE. WHEN DOES ARETHA POP UP IN YOUR
REHEARSAL?>>Stephen: VERY RARELY HERE. PEOPLE, OF COURSE, ARE ALSO
EXCITE BUILD THE RELEASE OF “CATS” ON FRIDAY
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>>Stephen: THIS IS A MUSICAL
A LONGTIME COMING. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO A
“CATS” MUSICAL FOREVER. WE JUST HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY NOW
TO TURN PEOPLE INTO CATS. THAT’S WHAT WE’VE BEEN WAITING
FOR. OF COURSE, THE GREAT ANDREW
LLOYD WEBBER MUSICAL. HERE YOU ARE– AGAIN, THIS IS
DONE WITH C.G.I. WHAT’S YOUR NAME.>>GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT.>>Stephen: GRIZABELLA THE
GLAMOUR CAT. I ASKED YOUR COSTAR, IDRIS ELBA,
WHEN HE WAS ON HERE. I ASKED HIM A QUESTION AND I’LL
ASK YOU. YOU CAN EXPLAIN THE PLOTS OF
“CATS.” WHAT HAPPENS?>>BASICALLY, YOU KNOW HOW CATS
GET A NINTH LIFE. THEY HAVE A BALL ONCE A YEAR AND
ONLY ONE CAT GETS THAT NINTH LIFE. THEY GET TO DISPLAY THEIR
TALENT, WHATEVER THAT IS, AND TRY TO EARN THE NINTH LIFE.>>Stephen: WHAT HAPPENS TO
THE OTHER CATS, DO THEY DIE?>>THEY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE
NEXT YEAR TO TRY TO GET THE NINTH LIFE, I GUESS.>>Stephen: THAT’S BEST
EXPLANATION OF “CATS.” I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S RIGHT.>>IT’S RIGHT! WATCH THE MOVIE. YOU’LL SEE.>>Stephen: I TRUST YOU. WHAT IS A JELLICLES CAT.>>EACH SONG EXPLAINS ALL OF
THAT. YOU GET THE SOUNDTRACK, YOU GET
TICKETS TO THE MOVIE, AND YOU SEE THE MOVIE, AND IT WILL TELL
YOU EVERYTHING YOU ALL NEED TO KNOW!( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: IDRIS SAID THAT EVERYBODY HAD TO GO TO CAT
SCHOOL.>>YES, WE DID.>>Stephen: DID YOU GO TO CAT
SCHOOL?>>YEAH, TO BE A CAT, YEAH, YOU
HAVE TO GO TO CAT SCHOOL.>>Stephen: THIS IS NOT THE
FIRST TIME YOU HAVE BEEN TO SCHOOL. YOU HAD TO GO TO DIVA SCHOOL FOR
“DREAMGIRLS.”>>I FELT LIKE I WAS GOING TO
CLASS EVERY DAY. AND FAST FORWARD 15 YEARS LATER,
AND NOW I’M A CAT. AND I’M IN CAT SCHOOL.>>Stephen: WHAT’S CAT SCHOOL.>>I’M CRAWLING ON THE FLOOR. WE HAD TO LEARN TO CRAWL, AND–
COME ON, SNIFF AROUND WITH ME LEAK A CAT. BECAUSE YOU LEAD WITH YOUR NOSE
OR YOUR EARS, BECAUSE WE LEAD WITH OUR EYE S.>>Stephen: SURE.>>WELL, THEY FOLLOW THEIR
SENSES, THEIR NOSE, SMELL, RIGHT?>>Stephen: YEAH.>>SO, LET ME SEE YOU…( LAUGHTER )
I DON’T SMELL NOTHING, BUT.>>Stephen: IT’S WATER.>>AND SHE MADE LIKE A CAT! TRY IT!( APPLAUSE )
OR YOUR EARS.>>Stephen: AND THEN YOU– YOU
HAVE CATS OF YOUR OWN.>>I DO.>>Stephen: OKAY, TELL ME WHO
IS IN THIS PHOTO HERE. THERE ARE A LOT OF ANIMALS IN
THIS PHOTO.>>I HAVE FIVE PETS. SO WE HAVE FROM THE “DREAMGIRLS”
ERA, OSCAR, GRAMMY, AND THEN GRIZABELLA. AND SO I HAVE FIVE PETS.>>Stephen: DO YOU THINK YOU
UNDERSTAND YOUR CATS MORE NOW THAT YOU HAVE A CAT?>>YES. BECAUSE I HAD CATS GROWING UP,
ANDY DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THEM. BUT AFTER CAT SCHOOL, I’M LIKE,
“OH, I GET CATS MORE NOW.” ( LAUGHTER )
YEAH. SO WE CEEND OF, YOU KNOW– BUT
THEY JUST SLEEP ALL DAY.( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: I GET THAT. I GET THAT A LOT. A LOT OF IT IS DONE WITH GREEN
SCREEN AND DIGITAL EFFECTS AND EVERYTHING. SO YOU’VE GOT ALL THE TECHNOLOGY
INVOLVED IN IT, WHERE, EVERYTHING IS DONE IN FRONT OF A
GREEN SCREEN, AND YOU’RE BEING TURNED INTO CATS DIGITALLY. SO YOU REALLY LOOK LIKE
HALF-HUMAN, HALF-CAT, AND THERE’S MUSIC GOING ON AT THE
SAME TIME.>>YEAH, WE’RE SINGING A LOT.>>Stephen: I BELIEVE WE HAVE
A CLIP OF THE FILM RIGHT HERE. JIM. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>>Stephen: THAT IDRIS OR IS THAT IAN McCLELLAN?>>I DON’T KNOW THAT CAT.>>Stephen: YOU’RE CLEARLY–
YOU’RE CLEARLY IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT. OBVIOUSLY, THE BLUE SPARKLE
TAKES THRUS. BUT YOU RECENTLY POSTED SOME
PHOTOS OF YOUR– YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHRISTMAS TREE?>>I HAVE THREE CHRISTMAS TREES.>>Stephen: THREE CHRISTMAS
TREES. OKAY. HERE IS ONE OF YOUR CHRISTMAS
TREES RIGHT THERE.>>YES.>>Stephen: WHY IS THAT A
CHRISTMAS TREE? THAT REALLY LOOKS LIKE A DRESS.>>IT’S A DIVA’S CHRISTMAS TREE. SO THE BOTTOM PART OF IT IS THE
CHRISTMAS PART OF THE TREE.>>Stephen: OH, IT’S A DIVA’S
CHRISTMAS TREE.>>YES.>>Stephen: YOU REALLY TOOK
DIVA SCHOOL TO HEART.>>YES! BUT I’M A GOOD DIVA, THOUGH.>>Stephen: THERE’S A GOOD
DIVA?>>DIVA DIDN’T ALWAYS HAVE A
GOOD TITLE. SO I ALWAYS PUT “GOOD” IN FRONT
OF MY DIVA.>>Stephen: IS IT LIKE ARE YOU
A GOOD WITCH OR BAD WITCH?>>KIND OF. KIND OF.>>Stephen: WHAT’S THE STORY
BEHIND THIS DRESS HERE? CAN YOU WEAR THIS?>>I’M GOING TO WEAR THIS. I’M GOING TO WEAR THIS TO MY
STARBUCKS CHRISTMAS KARAOKE PARTY. IT’S BEING MADE INTO A DRESS.>>Stephen: GO BACK TO THAT
LAST SENTENCE, A STARBUCKS CHRISTMAS KARAOKE PARTY.>>IT USED TO BE CALLED THE UGLY
SWEATER STAR BUCKS CHRISTMAS KARAOKE PARTY. ONE YEAR, MAYBE FIVE YEARS AGO,
I CAME UP WITH THIS BIG BRIGHT IDEA THAT I WANTED TO HAVE,
LIKE, A CHRISTMAS PARTY AT STARBUCKS, BECAUSE YOU GET A
COOKIE THE SIZE OF YOUR FACE, HOT CHOCOLATE. ALL THE HOLIDAY TREATS IN
STARBUCKS.>>Stephen: IS THIS LIKE
TAKING YOUR KID TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY AT CHUCK E. CHEESE? DOES STARBUCKS ENCOURAGE THIS?>>YES, I CALL THEM MR. AND
MRS. STARBUCKS. SO, LOOK, A WEEK AFTER I
CAMPAIGN UP WITH THE IDEA, GUESS WHO CALLED? MR. AND MRS. STARBUCKS WANTED ME
TO COME AND SING AT THEIR CHRISTMAS PARTY. I DIDN’T SAY, “ALL I WANT TO DO
IS HAVE A CHRISTMAS KARAOKE AT THE STARBUCKS WITH MY FAMILY AND
FRIENDS AND IF THE PUBLIC WANTS TO COME IN AND SING WITH US,
THEY CAN. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE SIXTH
YEAR OF IT. AND IT’S GOING TO BE AT THE
GRAND IT’S BIG ONE, THE BIGGEST STARBUCKS IN THE WORLD. CHICAGO, MY HOME TOWN CITY. FOUR FLOORS, SO I NEED TO WEAR
THE CHRISTMAS TREE DRESS.>>Stephen: SO WHEN YOU’RE
CARRIE OAKING CHRISTMAS WHAT, IS YOUR GO-TO SONG?>>MY FAVORITE IS “O HOLY
NIGHT.” AND MY COUSIN MAKES ME GET UP
AND SING IT WITH HER EVEN THOUGH WE DON’T REHEARSE IT.>>Stephen: I DON’T HAVE THAT
THE RANGE FOR THAT BECAUSE AT THE END END–
>>YES YOU DO ♪ O HOLY NIGHT
THE STARS ARE BRIGHTLY SHINING ♪ IT IS THE NIGHT OF OUR DEAR
SAVIOR’S BIRTH. YOU BETTER SING. ♪ LONG LAY THE WORLD
AND SING IN AND PINING ♪ TILL HE APPEARS AND THE
♪ TAKE IT ♪ A THRILL OF HOPE
THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES ♪ SING NOW. ♪ A NEW AND GLORIOUS LORD
♪ FALL ON YOUR KNEES WHERE YOU AT? ♪ HEAR THE ANGEL VOICES
OH, NIGHT DIVINE ♪ OH, NIGHT
♪ OH, NIGHT ♪ WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN ♪
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>>Stephen: “CATS” IS IN
THEATERS TOMORROW. JENNIFER HUDSON, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH
JONATHAN PRYCE. FROM “THE TWO POPES.”

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