Nicole Scherzinger to appear in Cats

Date Posted: 30/09/14

Nicole Scherzinger to appear in Cats

Pop star and former X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger will make her West End debut in the renewal of Andrew Lloyd Webber's highly acclaimed Cats musical when it bursts onto the stage for a 12-week run from December 6th, it has been announced.

The surprise casting will see Scherzinger perform as Grizabella in the award-winning musical - a role best known for the fact it contains the famous ballad 'Memory', famously sung by Elaine Paige in the original production.

"I am really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show," she commented, on the announcement. "I grew up listening to Andrew's extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats' beautiful song Memory."

While the pop star's casting will come as a surprise to many, it is worth remembering that she originally studied theatre and dance at the Wright State University in Ohio before joining the Pussycat Dolls in 2003. They eventually went on to sell 50 million records worldwide.

Scherzinger has even had previous experience singing Lloyd Webber's challenging scores, having performed his signature tune The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Variety Performance during the musical's 25th anniversary.

"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," she told the press.

For those interested in witnessing this unique show, which has been seen by more than 50 million people worldwide, the musical is returning to London for a 12-week run starting from December 6th.

The score, based on TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,  is packed with classic numbers, from the haunting Memory and its lonely reprise to the sultry Macavity.

Posted by Hayley Brent

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