Nicole Scherzinger is to join the cast of Cats for its West End return, it has been confirmed. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber announced the news on his twitter yesterday, saying that Nicole will play the part of Grizabella. That means she will be singing “Memory”, for those of you who were wondering.
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) September 28, 2014
Cats will make its return to the West End in December for a limited 12 week run at the London Palladium. Based on T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show first opened in the West End in 1981 where it ran for a record breaking 21 years. It then opened on Broadway in 1983, running for eighteen years and winning seven Tonys to boot.
It is one of the best loved musicals of all time, and former Pussycat Doll and The X Factor judge Scherzinger is excited to be a part of this new cast. “To have the opportunity to work with Andrew, Trevor and Gillian is a dream come true. I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song Memory.”
She added: “Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honoured to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career. I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”
Well it’s certainly an interesting choice. I can’t say I feel too strongly about this casting either way, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing how she fares. Scherzinger can dance, for sure, which will certainly come in handy, her singing voice is strong and, for the most part, tunefully accurate when singing live. It will remain to be seen how she will cope with the rigorous eight shows a week routine, though given her X Factor past and touring days with the Pussycat Dolls she should hopefully have a lot of stamina, which is certainly needed for a show like Cats.
In the meantime, the singer will release her second album, Big Fat Lie on October 20.
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