Kerry Ellis confirmed for Cats

Date Posted: 31/12/14

Kerry Ellis confirmed for Cats

The cat is out of the bag - it has been confirmed that First Lady of the West End Kerry Ellis will be taking on the role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats production at the London Palladium, as previously reported by SuperBreak.

The production, which currently has Nicole Scherzinger in the role, has confirmed it will extend its booking until April following a busy Christmas period that shows there is still plenty of appetite for the musical theatre classic.

It had originally been due to end on February 28th but will now continue until April 25th.

Ellis is best known for an extended stint as Elphaba the green witch in Wicked, a role she reprised in Broadway and twice on the West End to great acclaim. Her other credits include Fantine in Les Miserables, Meat in We Will Rock You and Nancy in My Fair Lady.

Other projects have included extended tours across Europe with Queen's Brian May and a number of albums.

She will take over when Scherzinger leaves the role of Grizabella on February 7th, with Ellis's first performance scheduled for February 9th. The character was originally made famous by Elaine Paige, and is particularly well-known for the haunting song Memory, which has been covered hundreds of times by pop stars and West End performers alike.

Ellis herself performed an extract of the song during her 2008 concert series The Great British Songbook at the Shaw Theatre, and has proven to the critics she already has what it takes to follow in the pawprints of Paige and Scherzinger.

Cats reopened at the London Palladium in December to rave reviews from the critics, who were keen to welcome the musical back to London's theatre scene after a 12-year absence. 

Posted by Michael Middleton

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