To get into character for his current role, Adam Steiner looked to a four-legged creature for guidance.
The Michigan native rocks out as the wild-maned rebel feline Rum Tum Tugger in the national tour of the musical "CATS."
"He's definitely a rock star in the tribe and has kind of been considered a mix between Mick Jagger and Elvis," Steiner said. "He really kind of just likes to show up on stage and show everybody up. I get to pretend I'm Mick Jagger every night."
To portray a feline version of The Rolling Stones frontman, Steiner studied YouTube videos of cats, paying attention to their movements and habits.
"I think that there's so much stillness to the way that a cat moves," Steiner said, "and just the animal quality, (the fact) that a cat's reaction comes from the center of their back and that's just so unhuman.
"Now it's just something that I can click into," he said. "It's completely a thing that just happens for me now."
The award-winning musical, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on T. S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and follows the Jellicle tribe as they celebrate the Jellicle Ball after which one cat is chosen to be reborn into a new life.
Atlanta's Theater of the Stars is bringing the show to the Fox Theatre for a five-day run of shows beginning Wednesday, complete with a stunning set and incredible costuming in an authentic reproduction of the Broadway experience.
Steiner invites Atlanta audiences along for the ride.
"I think the most important thing is for people to really step out of themselves and connect with what we're doing," Steiner said. "I feel there's so much to the show that people who truly, truly let themselves go might take away. If you really go on the journey with us there's no way you won't leave thinking that was one of the most incredible, uplifting and engaging stories you've ever seen."