Nicole Scherzinger: From Pussycat Doll to 'Cats' at the West End

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The hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats gets a new cast member: Nicole Scherzinger.

Cats returns to the West end in December for a 12-week run at the Palladium Theatre. In the musical, Scherzinger will play Grizabella.

On Cats' official website, Scherzinger said that she was "really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show and I couldn’t be more excited. 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,' shared Scherzinger. "Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honored 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.”

Cats first premiered at the New London Theatre in 1981. It broke records by running for 21-years, with a little under 9,000 performances. Cats is based on T.S Elliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, a collection of poems about the behavior and attitudes of felines.

This isn't the first time Scherzinger sung some of Webber's iconic work. For The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary, she sung its title song at the Royal Variety Performance in 2011. In 2013, Scherzinger sang 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina' from Evita on the ITV show Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years. As stated in her quote, she also recorded 'Memory,' from Cats, with II Divo. Additionally, performing in the theater isn't completely foreign to the former Pussycat Doll. Scherzinger studied theater and dance at the Wright State University in Ohio.


She will play Grizabella from December 6, 2014 to February 7, 2015, with a couple days of no performances scheduled.