#LiveatFive with Robbie Fairchild of the CATS Movie

(upbeat music) – What’s up, everyone? It’s Monday, December 16th,
which means only four more days until Cats is in movie theaters. – That’s right, yes! – We are here at I’m Paul Wontorek. – And I’m Ryan Lee Gilbert. – And we’re joined by Caitlin Moynihan. – Hello. – And speaking of Cats– – Yes.
(meowing) – We got kind of the
leader of the pack here. – I think so. – Robbie Fairchild, Munkustrap.
– Robbie Fairchild! – Tony nominated Robby Fairchild. We’re so excited. – Can’t wait.
– And tonight’s the premiere. – That’s right.
– So very big day in the life of Robby Fairchild, and we’re really excited that he is here. So we will get to him. But first, today’s top five. (upbeat music) – Someone new is joining
the Wicked fam tonight. – Yes, we are talking about Shoba Narayan, who is joining the blockbuster
Broadway production this evening, December 16th. And she’s going to be
playing the role of Nessarose in the gargantuan Broadway hit. – Aka, Elphie’s sister. – Aka, Elphie’s sister. That’s not a spoiler anymore, right? (laughing) – There’s other things
you could say to spoil, but we won’t.
– Right. (laughing) Narayan succeeds Gizel
Jimenez in the role, who played her final
performance last night. Narayan was previously seen on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre, and The
Great Comet of 1812, of course. She also appeared as Eliza
in the national touring production of Hamilton for awhile. She joins a current Wicked
cast that includes so many Broadway favorites and people we love, including Hannah Corneau,
Ginna Claire Mason, Jake Boyd, Riley Costello, Jamie Jackson, Michael McCormick, and Nancy Opel. So, go check out Narayan playing Nessarose in Wicked on Broadway. – Casting has been announced
for this world premiere musical. – [Paul] Ryan, this
musical sounds really good. – [Ryan] It does. – [Paul] So, it’s called Gun and Powder. It is premiering at the Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia. On January 28th it starts,
through February 23rd. Now, so the big news is that we found out, Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman are both starring in the show. Now, this is a show, it’s written by, I found out something bonus. So, Angelina Cheri wrote
the book and lyrics. Music by Ross Baum and Angelina
wrote this about her aunts, like her great aunts or something.
– Oh, really? – Yeah.
– [Caitlin] A connection. – So they were real-life twin sisters, Mary and Martha Clarke,
African American twins who passed themselves off as white to help settle their mother’s sharecropper debts. And apparently, they were
also notorious outlaws, she says on her website.
– Oh my gosh. I’m already hooked. – So this sounds really cool, right? Also in the cast, Donald Webber, Jr., Dan Tracy and Marva Hicks. All talented. – Oh, I can’t wait. – And this is directed by Robert O’Hara, who directed– – [Both] Slave Play.
– Right. – We said it at the same time. (laughing) This sounds like something worth a drive to Virginia.
– Yeah, no kidding. – Or if you live there, you just– – Hope on in.
– Well, that’s still a drive. You have to drive, no matter what. I think you can get a train there. – Do they have mass transit there? – Anyway, just go see it. (laughing) Gun and Powder. – Yes. And a big star is going to
help celebrate a big star. – We are talking, (laughing) big star number one we’re talking about is Cyndi Lauper. She is going to be giving
a very special performance at Roundabout Theatre
Company’s annual gala, gala, gala–
– Gala. However, yes. They’re going to be
honoring the other big star, and that is Tony winner Alan Cumming. – Oh. – He is getting the award for
excellence in the theater, which, very appropriate. This will be happening
at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on March 2nd, 2020. So this is a ways away at seven p.m. Of course Lauper appeared
alongside Cumming in Roundabout’s 2006 and
Tony-nominated revival of The Threepenny Opera. The Roundabout 2020 Gala will
also be honoring Michael Kors and Lance LePere with the Ovation Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. So, lots of wonderful people. – You know, I kind of
want to go to that gala and ask Cyndi Lauper what’s going on with her Working Girl musical. – I know! – ‘Cause I’m dying for that. – She came to Broadway, won a ton of Tonys with Kinky Boots– – Coffee, tea, me. – Yes, come on, come back please. – There’d better a song
called Coffee, Tea, or Me. If you see the movie,
you’ll know what that means. – Notes.
– Anyway. – And a new queen is
heading to the queendom. – You are speaking of Sophie
Isaacs, who I do not know, but she was Heather McNamara
in Heathers over in London. She will be taking over the
role of Katherine Howard, which is a very good
role, in the musical SIX. – Oh yes. – In the West End. It’s playing at the Arts Theater. She starts January 21st, 2020. She will replace Vickie
Manser who is exiting to take the alternate
slot in the title role of, one of my favorite titles, Beautiful Cole and The
Carole King Musical. – Yes.
(laughing) – So she’ll be playing
Carole King in the UK tour. – Oh! – And we also, you know
Six is coming to Broadway. – Cannot wait.
– It starts February 13th, 2020 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.
– I’m so excited. – Yes, and Paul, I know
you don’t want us talking about awards season yet,
but we got another date to put in the calendar. – [Paul] Can we get
through New Year’s please? (laughing) Cats isn’t even open yet! (laughing) – [Ryan] These are the OCCs, the Outer Critics Circle Awards. They’ve announced a schedule
of events leading up to their 70th annual theater honor. – Is there a gala involved? – There’s no gala, these are just, oh wait, no there is. There’s a gala dinner coming up,
(laughing) my mistake, yes. Nominations for the Outer
Critics Circle Awards will be announced on April 20th, 2020, ahead of the winners being
revealed on May 11th of 2020. The recipients will be
presented with their trophies at that aforementioned gala dinner. – Thank you. – On May 21st. The Outer Critics Circle is
in association with members affiliated with 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, internet and theater publications
in America and abroad. It honors the best on
Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. – So they’re a circle,
like around New York, is that what it is? They’re like a circle of critics.
– Yes, the Outer Critics Circle, yes. Not the, not here in the
city, but outside of it, yes. – Okay, I think some of them
actually live in the city. – I’m sure they probably do. (laughing)
Cheaters. – What else is on the site? We have clips of the My Fair Lady tour?
– Yes, My Fair Lady is on tour. Starring Shereen Ahmed
and Laird Mackintosh. So there’s footage of
that beautiful production that you can watch right now. – We also have a London Q
and A with West End Girl from the North Country
Star, what does that mean? Katie Brayben. We have an interview with Katie Brayben. – Yes. – And then of course, Elaine Paige on– – There’s a new Elaine Paige. – The latest of that. – Yep, we have photos
of the Moulin Rouge cast signing the vinyls of that incredible– – Everyone gets vinyl these days. – Well, vinyl is hip right now. Vinyl’s the in thing. – Is there a Cats soundtrack
vinyl coming out on the 20th? – Hopefully. – Featuring Robbie Fairchild, I hope so.
– Fingers crossed. There’s video of the Grand Horizons cast coming together for their meet the press. And Todd Rice. – Oh yes, the latest five
things to do this week, including Cats. Did you see his drawing for Cats? – I did. And how Prince– – I know, the memorial was today. – Yes. – He did an incredible
illustration for that. – He’s the best. – Anyway.
– All right. – It’s time, Ryan, we’ve been waiting. – Yes, I have information
that I need to know right now from Robbie Fairchild.
– The Cats movie is a real thing. – I can’t wait.
– We dreamt of it. We dreamt of it. – We’ve been talking about it for years. – We’ve been speaking about it. (laughing) – [Caitlin] It’s happening.
– Robbie Fairchild can confirm it’s a real thing. – Yes.
(laughing) – So thank you, Ryan. – My pleasure. – It’s time for Robbie Fairchild. Hey, Caitlin, tell everyone
about today’s guest. – Yes, gladly. As we said before, guys,
we have Robbie Fairchild here with us in the studio today. And yes indeed, he’ll be
talking about all things Cats the movie. ‘Cause he’s playing
Munkustrap in the movie. And I just found out that that cat has an extra U in his name,
and it’s not Munkstrap, like I thought for the
past 24 years of my life. Guys, he earned a Tony nomination
for his Broadway debut, when he was in An American in Paris. He is a ballet dancer, he is amazing, we have a lot to talk about. Follow him on social @robbiefairchild. Leave all of those questions
in the comments below, and please welcome Robbie and Paul. – [Paul] Thank you, Caitlin. – Thank you for having me. – [Paul] Oh, of course.
– I’m so excited. – [Paul] What a big day for you. – It is huge, it doesn’t
go unnoticed for me, so. – So you’ve been immersed in Cats, and you’ve been doing press, right? – Oh, yeah. It was a seven month process of filming. Rehearsal and filming and
we finished in late April. – So you started, I remember you announced you were in it last November. You were one of the later cast
members we found out about. – Yes. – They were looking for Munkustrap. It’s an important role.
– Oddly enough, I was one of the first three people there on the very first day. – Okay. – So I was the first person there and the last person to leave. – Oh so, how quick did you
have to get this together? – Oh, it was wild. It was wild, yeah. – Really? Okay. – Yeah.
– Okay. And so, I’ve seen pictures. You had dots all over you on the set. I saw a great picture
you put on social media of you and Judi Dench playing bananagrams. As you do. – We really bonded. So the first day we were
all filming, the whole cast. The three people who weren’t
used were Sir Ian McKellan, Dame Judi Dench, and myself. And we just needed to
stand off to the side ’cause we weren’t gonna be in the shot. We ended up sitting in
a corner that she called the naughty step. (laughing) For, I kid you not, three hours. And we were doing word games, we would, passing around sweets, Judi
wouldn’t have any of ’em. But then they brought around the ribs. And she just devoured the ribs. – [Paul] Ribs? – Yeah, ribs. Babyback ribs, yeah. – Fun facts about Judi Dench. – Yeah, when would you
find yourself in a corner with the two of them for three
hours playing word games? – It’s insane. – It was wild. – Look at your life. – It was bizarre. (laughing) – Okay, so let’s talk about Munkustrap. I know Cats very well. I was obsessed, I’ve been
obsessed with Cats forever. Munkustrap is a very important role. He’s sort of like, I mean,
Old Deuteronomy, Judi Dench, is obviously the leader. – Yes. – But really, I feel like it’s
Munkustrap’s kind of keeping everything running, right? I mean, this is important.
– More or less. Yeah, I think if you, if you think of it like Alice in Wonderland
and I’m the white rabbit. – [Paul] Oh. – If the white rabbit
was leading Alice around to all the different characters she was gonna meet throughout the story. – Right, because you really
are sort of the narrator in a lot of ways.
– Yeah. – You tell a lot of the stories. – Yeah, absolutely. – Yeah. – I’m the second in command
when Dame Judi’s not there. – Right. – Yeah. – Okay, so Cats. It’s a musical, now it’s a movie.
– It’s happening. – Lot of people couldn’t,
I was one of them, I was like, this is gonna be a movie? I was kind of shocked. I don’t know why I couldn’t
wrap my head around it. I mean, why not? – Why not? – Like, why not? It’s beloved. People love this musical. – The most seen musical in history, right? It’s been going forever. It’s never stopped and it’s iconic, so. – So what was it like for
you wrapping your head around being on this set with
all these famous people? You know a lot of famous people now. Not Broadway famous, like famous people. I mean, this is exciting. – It was, yeah. – Like Jennifer Hudson knows who you are. – Yes, Taylor Swift. – And Rebel Wilson. – Rebel Wilson. Rebel Wilson and I go to the
theater all the time together. – Yeah, you’re like friends with her now. – Yeah. – Well, because she’s the Gumbie Cat and you do her number with her. – Yeah.
– You’re an important part of a lot of these songs. – Yeah. – You’re all over the soundtrack. – This is true. – I saw that, I saw the track listing. – Robbie Fairchild, featuring Judi Dench. – Yes! – That killed me.
– What a great line! – That killed me.
(laughing) When would you, like, okay. Never. – You’re also part of one
of my favorite Cats songs, Skimbleshanks. – Oh, that was a fun number. – Yeah, it’s a good number. I like the train number. – Oh yeah. – But you know, you really
think of it as all these sort of compartmentalized songs, right? ‘Cause Cats is all about
the heavy side layer. I don’t know if there’s a tire
in the movie, I’ll find out. (laughing)
But you know, in the show they went up a tire, they picked a one to go up the tire. I’m not gonna tell you who. You’ll find out if you don’t already know. So you sort of meet all the cats, and then you sort of emotionally, I mean, I remember when I
was a kid actually being really invested in it. It’s very easy to sort of, to sort of make it seem very trivial. – Yeah. – But it actually is sort of deep, what’s happening here. – It’s a beautiful story
about inclusion and community and forgiveness, and those
are kind of some things we get lost in today’s society, you know? – Yeah, yeah. – So it feels timely and
one thing we did with the movie is we added a screenplay, so some of the maybe more
obscure plot lines in the T.S. Eliot poetry are threaded
through a little bit more. It’s a little bit more
accessible for everybody to understand what’s happening.
– [Paul] Oh cool, right. – And in the musical, the stage version, they direct everything to the audience. But since we don’t have
that, we use Victoria, the white cat, as the newcomer. So you see everything through her eyes. Yeah, I think it’s effective. – [Paul] That’s clever. – Yeah. – I think that’s a good idea. So what was it like on set? Because like I said, you’re wearing, so the cat fur was all
added in post-production. – Post, yeah. – Right? Like there was no fur on set? – No, no fur, no fur. – So you’re wearing what? – For the traditionalists, you will appreciate that we
were still wearing unitards. And they were covered in wires and sensors and battery packs. And you would plug in
every morning, download, and then the same thing at night. And if you stayed around
to watch your information downloading, you’d see
all your points dancing on a screen and you go– – [Paul] Oh my god. – “That’s a body and that’s actually me, “I can tell that that’s me.” – Oh that’s so crazy.
– It was wild. And the thing is, we were in
for three and a half months, two hours of cat school a day. And training really hard. We would have ballet class
at 6:45 in the morning. Like, it was no joke. So everything that you see is stuff we worked our butt off to achieve. The CGIs takes away,
all it does it take 10% of your image away and
fill it in with fur. So you are seeing our bodies doing what we were doing that day. The CGI only just does
the noose for technology. – Which of the stars was
funniest to have in ballet class? Especially for you, being a trained former New York City Ballet star? – Well, the big, big stars
didn’t take ballet class. – Okay. – Truth be told. – Okay. – But we did have a moment
where Laurie Davidson, who plays Mr. Mistoffelees, in
the movie he’s not a dancer. He’s a magician. A clumsy magician. But he was so immersed in
it, he wanted to do it all, so he was in between at barre,
me and Francesca Hayward, who is a principle dancer
with the Royal Ballet. And (laughs) it was just
the three of us in class, and I think he left quickly
soon after barre started. But it was really fun to
get to share that with him. Yeah, that was it. – [Paul] Andy Blankenbuehler
did the choreography, right? – Yes, yes. – Which is incredible. – Yeah, which is great, because
he knows the show so well. He knows Gillian Lynn’s
choreography so well that it wasn’t a massive departure. However, they got every sort
of dance style in there. There’s crumping, voguing,
hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, capoeira, parkour. – [Paul] Wow. – Literally everything. Everything’s in there.
– [Paul] Cool. – Yeah. – So who vogues? – One of the cats. (laughing) – One of the cats.
– If you’ve seen the background, you’ve
seen the background. – So when the trailer came out,
obviously it made huge news. – Oh yeah. – Right? And everybody had a reaction to it. – Mm-hmm. – And I felt like 70% of
the reactions, I was like, “Do you not know what Cats it?” Like that was my immediate reaction. I was like, “Are you
not aware of what this?” But it was like–
– They had no idea. – It made me feel really
small about Broadway, ’cause I was like, “Really? “You didn’t know what
Cats was all this time?” – It was quite shocking
that people didn’t realize that they were human
cats dancing and singing. – Dancing, right, that’s what they are. – Yeah, yeah. – And a little scary, a
little sexy, a little fun, a little all those things. – Yeah. – Yeah. – To be honest, it didn’t freak me out. But I think I was so steeped
in the world for seven months that I knew what my face
was gonna look like. However, that was stage one
of CGI and it’s gone through about four different stages now, so it’s very highly developed now. I think the reason why it’s so, you know when Avatar came out? Everyone was like, “Ooh, what’s that? “I’m not going to see that.” I think Avatar did pretty well as a movie. And it’s just because it’s new technology that’s different to the eye. Tom Hooper, the director, wanted your face to be
what he sees on camera. Because as soon as you
make the whole thing computer-generated, you lose
the human aspect and human emotion, the way you react
and all of that, the eyes. So this is the first time that
there’s a computer-generated body but not the face. – Mm-hmm, okay. And Tom Hooper, who of course
directed the Les Mis movie, he kind of knows how to make– – King’s Speech. – Yeah. – I just love his style,
I love his movies. – Yeah. Was it exciting for you
to get to be on screen and to get to dance in a movie like this? – It was absolutely surreal. I remember singing Old
Deuteronomy for the first time in front of Dame Judi and Sir Ian, and I– – [Paul] McKellan. – McKellan. And I was wearing a sweater
and I stretched out the neck because I just kept twisting my finger. (laughing)
And I was so nervous, but it was, everybody was so supportive and so happy to be there. We knew we were making
something wild, you know? It was truly special. And I think one of my
favorite parts of the movie is the Jellicle Ball. – [Paul] Yeah, I love the Jellicle Ball. In general, but I’m excited to
see what it is in the movie. – It’s really good. – Yeah? – Yeah. I haven’t seen the CGI’d version. I only saw the un-CGI’d,
but it looks so good. – That music is so exciting. That’s like my favorite. – And they recorded an 80-piece orchestra, so I mean, it’s just gonna
be a Cats on steroids. You’ve never seen it like this before.
– Cats on steroids. – Yeah. – What was it like though on the set? Was there a lot of like,
laughing and was there a lot of, ’cause there is something
inherently ridiculous about what you’re all doing.
– Oh! Oh. – So I would love to see all
the behind-the-scenes stuff. – Rebel Wilson was so funny. We were talking recently, and she goes, “You know, I came into
cat school and everyone “was just taking it so seriously. (laughing) “And she was like looking
around for someone “who was just gonna realize
that sniffing somebody’s “butt is an odd thing to do.” (laughing) Do you know what I mean? Not that that was what we always did. But my first time doing cat school was, it was next to Sir Ian McKellen. And with the way cats greet each other, or how we were learning,
is they get four inches away from each other’s
faces and just smell and gather all this information. So I’m four inches away
from Gandalf, just like– (laughing) And then it’s been 15 seconds of sniffing, so I decide, okay, now’s
the time where we’re gonna go tap noses, ’cause you tap
noses if you like each other. And then you start
rubbing up on each other. So I go to tap noses
with Gandalf and he goes, “No, no, no, I’m not ready yet.” I was like, “Oh my god, oh my god.” (laughing) No. So I go back to just
like smelling his face. And eventually he liked
me and we tapped noses and then started rubbing up. But it was funny, because
he was the only person who would actually hiss at
somebody if he didn’t like them. – Oh! – We would, we were just nice people, so we were thinking, “Oh, yeah. “We’ll tap noses and rub.” But he was like (hissing)
if he didn’t like you. So I felt really honored
that he tapped my nose. – (laughs) That’s amazing. (laughing)
That’s why he’s Sir Ian McKellen. – Oh yeah. – He wasn’t just gonna
play along with everyone. – Oh he was fully in it. – A full hiss. – Uh-huh. – Wow. – Yeah. – So you saw him hiss at people? – Oh yeah. – Did he hiss at like, Taylor
Swift or Jennifer Hudson? – No, no, no, no. – He had respect for the divas. – Yeah, yeah, for the divas. (laughing) – Yeah, so what was that
like with like Taylor Swift? I mean, this is like a crazy project that she’s involved with. – Yeah, yeah, so– – And obviously, the song, Beautiful– – Yeah, Beautiful Ghosts. – [Paul] Beautiful Ghosts. – So she’s such a mega-star, and she is one of the
most down-to-earth humans. She is so kind. We had a get-together last
night before the premiere, and she remembered all of our names. And she was so excited to be a part of it. She came on set when it wasn’t her day of filming just to watch. Just immersing herself in the whole thing. And she was really nice to me. And I went up to her while
we were filming Mcavity and, just to play around
and have a little joke. And she goes, “Macavity’s not there,” so many times in the song, right? (laughing) And so I go up to her and I said, “So, Taylor, Tom, this next take “wants me to interject, “Where is he?” “you know, like where’d he go?” And she goes, “Oh, okay, cool. “Yeah, just do whatever you need to do.” And I was like, “Oh my god. “That was a dad joke that was so bad “and she had no idea it was a joke, “she must think I’m such a weirdo.” (laughing) We laugh about it now and we get along. – So you embarrassed yourself,
you embarrassed yourself. – Oh, like who do I think I am? Just like going and cracking
jokes and then bombing so bad. (laughing) – I love that. I love that so much.
– It was really wild. – So tonight’s the premiere. And what are you gonna wear? – Joseph Abboud. – Ooh, okay. – Yeah. – Are you excited? – Yeah. – Have you thought really hard about, I mean, this is a big
Hollywood moment for you. – It’s very exciting. I have a great team who
pulled some amazing looks. And I’m excited to just celebrate
what we worked so hard on. – Yeah. – Well, we worked, ballet
class at 6:45 in the morning. We got picked up at 5:30
in the morning and then we wouldn’t get done
until like 10:30 at night. – Yeah. – We really put in the hours,
and I think we made something really cool and I hope you guys like it. – That’s why I think, I’ve
noticed that on social media even watching, like I remember last night, Jennifer Hudson put up a video
of her getting out of her car to stand in front of the Cats
billboard on 7th and 49th. I was like, “She was a block away.” – Yeah. – She was excited to pose in front of it. And I’ve noticed that from
a lot of the cast members. There just seems like you
guys, it seems like almost like a theater experience, in the
sense that you all really bonded in that way. Did it feel like that on set? – Oh yeah. Oh, it was a full-on tribe. – Yeah. – And we, the hours were insane. And the amount of takes. Tom Hooper is such a
perfectionist, and I am too, so I was like, “Thank god, we’re gonna do
this until we get it right.” But you would do at least 30 takes before he would switch the angle. – [Paul] Wow. – And whether you’re singing,
whether you’re Jennifer Hudson singing Memory or you’re
some of us dancers spinning and turning and jumping and
you really had to figure out, okay, well, you had to
go up to him and say, “I only have like maybe
five more jumps in me left.” – [Paul] Right. – And so you would navigate it, but we, it’s not performing eight
shows a week like on Broadway, and I have so much respect
for the cast of Cats who’s out right now. But it was another beast in and of itself, and when you have those kind
of digging in the trenches, just like on Broadway,
you really band together. And it was really special. – [Paul] I love that.
– Yeah. – I love that. Are you gonna go see it in theaters? So it comes out Friday. Are you gonna go watch
it with regular people? – Maybe. I’m too nervous. I’m too nervous. I’m gonna go to a screening
after the premiere on Wednesday with my family and friends. – Oh, fun, awesome. – Which will be fun. – I love it. Hey Caitlin. – [Caitlin] Yes.
– People have questions about Cats. What do they want to know from Robbie?
– Ooh. – Yes we do. So, Leesy wants to know what was your first experience with Cats? Did you watch that VHS? Did you see it in real life? What was your first experience? – Okay, so when I was about eight or nine, I lived in Salt Lake City. And my parents got the
subscription to the National Tour. – [Paul] Sure. – All the tours that would come through, and I remember thinking, “I
want to be Mistoffelees.” And then I saw the latest revival and I thought to myself,
“Who’s this Munkustrap guy?” I really dug him and I was like– – [Paul] Well, he’s really commanding. – Oh, yeah. Princely, regal. – Yes. – And I was like, “If I ever do Cats, “that’s the one “I want to play.”
– Munkustrap, okay. So you eyed it and said that’s the one. – And it’s interesting,
because the big dancing role in the movie for a guy is Munkustrap. – Right. – And Mistoffelees is the actor/magician. – Right, right, right, right. – Yeah, so it felt like a perfect fit. – Munkustrap also battles Macavity, right? Isn’t that part of the, there’s all these layers to– – Yeah, yeah. – You can make like a fan
fiction about these cats. (laughing)
– Oh, there’s books upon books. – I know. – Yeah. – I know, there’s, yeah, anyway. – Yeah, me and Idris Elba
just like going at it. (laughing) – Oh my gosh. Okay, so Cory wants to
know, how does it feel to kind of see where your career has gone over the past few years, how obviously, you’re in the center
stage in ballet world, and now you’re on
Broadway, and now you’re in the Cats movie.
– [Robbie] Meow. – How does that, meow.
– Yeah, that was a big leap for you when you
did An American in Paris. – Yeah.
– And you were spectacular. – Thank you. – And I was kind of like,
“Is this guy gonna do this?” And then he was amazing. – Thank you. – And now look at you. – So the one thing someone,
I think the greatest thing someone ever told me after a
show of An American in Paris, they said, “This is my
eighth time seeing the show. “I love it so much, I just
bought my first tickets “to go see the New York City Ballet.” And I realized that being a
part of the Broadway world, you had access to so many other
different audience members who wouldn’t go to Lincoln
Center and go to the ballet. And the guy who got me into
dancing was Gene Kelly. Well, we didn’t have enough
money to go to New York City or, we saw him in the movies. And granted, when I first
found out about him, he had passed away. So my only access to someone like him was through the movies. And I left the ballet company,
the New York City Ballet, almost three years ago now. And because I wanted to, if I could, be a part of that lineage. If you don’t have somebody to look up to, it’s hard to realize that
that’s a passion for you. And when this whole boys
dance too happened thing, with Good Morning America, you really need, you
need people to hold on to and look to for inspiration or, not that I’m saying I’m inspiring, but meaning I want to be a
part of a legacy of dance that holds the hands of
the different generations and brings people together. So that is, that’s what I
love about this whole moment. It’s really exciting. – Yeah. – [Caitlin] I love that. Cool. Let’s do one last question,
’cause I love it so much. Mickie wants to know if you could create your own Cats name, what would it be? – Oh no, that’s so hard. (laughing) I have no idea. – [Paul] The naming of cats is a– – It’s a difficult matter. – [Caitlin] It’s an art form.
– Difficult matter. – It’s a very difficult matter, so we’ll– – It isn’t just one of those–
– [Caitlin] It’s an art form. – Yeah, I mean, you have to like, this is very serious stuff. This is not like a joke. – No, no, you can’t just like– – These cat names. – You meditate and you find it. (laughing) I will tell you, it was really funny. So my dog’s name is Griswold. – Oh. – We call him Griz. – [Paul] ‘Cause of the Vacation movies? – Yes. – Is it really why?
– It was a Christmas present to myself. – Oh, cool. – So when I found out I was doing Cats, everybody was like calling him Grizabella. (laughing) I was like, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, “I’m not one of those people who got a cat “and named it Griz for
the musical I’m doing.” – Right. – It just happens to be the same nickname. – So you won’t be living with
a Munkustrap in the future? You won’t be getting one for home? – I’m allergic to cats, so. – Same. – I will love from afar. (laughing) – I am allergic to cats, but I am not allergic to the musical Cats. – Thank you. – I love Cats. And I’m so excited. I’m actually getting to see it tomorrow, so I’m very excited. And it comes out, everyone
can go see it on Friday. – Friday.
– You guys. And the soundtrack comes out and it’s super exciting. – Yeah. – I mean, this is a big musical event. – It is.
– And everyone in it is pumped and they all worked really hard and they want you to see it. – Yeah. I think you’ll like it.
– I’m thrilled for you. – Thank you very much. – Yeah, you want to do
more movie musicals? – Oh yes. – Yeah, line ’em up. – Bring it on, baby. – Bring it on. How about another American in Paris movie? – Done, sign me up. – Okay, sure. (laughing)
– [Caitlin] Great. – Thank you so much. – Thank you.
– Have a great time tonight. – Thank you very much.
– And congratulations. – Thank you. – Hey Caitlin, why don’t you take us out? – Thank you guys so much
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10 thoughts on “ #LiveatFive with Robbie Fairchild of the CATS Movie

  1. Robbie is the reason that I'm so excited for this movie. I CANNOT wait! His performance in An American in Paris was one of the best I've ever seen! He's just amazing, and really inspiring as well.

  2. Hey guys! Thanks for this interview! Robert looks and sounds so nice and cool! And of course, super handsome! 😉 And he is such a great artist! Saw him in AAIP and he was amazing! Also great doing The Music and The Mirror from A Chorus Line here on You Tube (saw it many times; look for it people). Wish I saw him performing live as a classic dancer. I'm sure he did a great job in the movie Cats. I confess I am one of those kind of skeptical about it after seeing the trailers but now after watching Robert here I'm more excited to see the movie. He is perfect for Munkunstrap! Loved to know about all the preparation and backstage stories! Thanks for sharing, Robert! One must respect and admire all the talent and hard work that it takes to be a performer, an artist! And Paul, love Skimbleshanks, too!?

  3. Robbie Fairchild is phenomenal. Even though Cats has a shaky story, Robbie did BRILLIANT with his part. I'm beyond excited to see him in future productions!!

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