Former The Pussycat Dolls and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of CATS at the London Palladium.

Andrew Lloyd Webber announces that Nicole Scherzinger is to star in CATS at the London Palladium

Andrew Lloyd Webber announces that Nicole Scherzinger is to star in CATS at the London Palladium. Photo by Matt Crockett.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that acclaimed American music artist Nicole Scherzinger is to star in a major West End revival of CATS at the London Palladium this Christmas.

She will join the cast of the show to make her West End debut as Grizabella, singing the award-winning song “Memory” and following in the footsteps of Elaine Paige in the part.

CATS is returning to the West End for a limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show’s original creative team of director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber are all reuniting for the show.

Nicole Scherzinger is an acclaimed American recording artist, as part of The Pussycat Dolls – one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, and in her successful solo career. In 2011 she joined the UK version of the X Factor as a judge.

“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.” – Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole said that she was thrilled to have got the part and 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. 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.”

The full cast for Cats includes Cameron Ball as Macavity/Admetus, Kathryn Barnes as Tantomile, Cassie Clare as Cassandra, Ross Finnie as Skimbleshanks, Charlene Ford as Bombalurina, Adam Lake as Alonzo, Paul F Monaghan as Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger, Joel Morris as Carbucketty, Natasha Mould as Jemima, Benjamin Mundy as Coricopat, Joseph Poulton as Quaxo/Mistoffelees, Nicholas Pound as Old Deuteronomy, Sophie Ragavelas as alternate Grizabella, Clare Rickard as Jellylorum/ Griddlebone, Adam Salter as Bill Bailey, Laurie Scarth as Jennyanydots, Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella, Hannah Kenna Thomas as Victoria/White Cat, Callum Train as Munkustrap, Zizi Strallen as Demeter and Dawn Williams as Rumpleteazer who are joined by swings Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts.

Nicole Scherzinger will perform the role of Grizabella from 6 December 2014 to 7 February 2015.

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