Nicole Scherzinger makes her West End debut in the starring role of Grizabella, as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run at the London Palladium.
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, it received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performancesm becoming one of the longest-running shows in West End ever, a feat it duplicated on Broadway.
Cats is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball and folds fantasy, drama and romance into the telling of its tale.
The cats have gathered from far and wide so that their father figure Old Deuteronomy can choose the one most deserving of making the journey up to the ‘Heaviside Lair’. Each musical number is the story of a different cat, in many cases taken verbatim from Eliot.
Nicole Scherzinger Schedule
Nicole Scherzinger will perform the role of Grizabella from 6 December 2014 – 7 February 2015. Nicole will NOT perform on 8, 30, 31 December 2014 and 1 January 2015, subject to illness and holidays. The appearance of any particular artist cannot be guaranteed.
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There are many things I would do to listen to new pop music, and last week I pushed that willingness to the limit. No, I didn’t do anything shameful or humiliating — this time — but in order to listen to some of Nicole Scherzinger’s new music, I did something that I never thought I would do: take a spin class.
On Thursday night (October 2), I arrived at a Soul Cycle spot located in New York City’s West Village neighborhood. I’d often heard that patrons have a tendency to treat the brand with a devout sort of reverence, almost like a cult. But if I wanted to get an early listen to the formerPussycat Doll’s upcoming sophomore album, Big Fat Lie, I had no choice. I was ready for my baptism.
Me, texting a friend to “pray 4 me rn.”
Once I was all strapped into my stationary bike, my nerves began to settle. Partially because my shoes were literally hooked into the pedals (#NoEscape), but also because I was ready to fully give myself over to this new experience. Madeleine, our instructor and “expert at bikes that go nowhere,” began giving the “virgins” in the room (i.e., me) a bit of Soul Cycle 101.
And then Nicole walked in.
Looking casually stunning, in that low-key way only celebrities and distant first-year-of-college friend-crushes seem capable of, she made her way to the podium to join Madeleine on a neighboring bike. With all the pieces in place, it was time to tap it back.
We kicked off with the 36-year-old singer’s title track, “Big Fat Lie,” eventually spinning to the never-before-heard “Electric Blue” as we worked out way up the imaginary spin-class mountain.
Previously released songs “Your Love” and “On The Rocks” followed suit, along with a 100-percent appreciated PCD throwback with “Buttons,” and before I knew it I was hovering, ass-off-the-seat, over my bicycle.
Kinda ducking in and out of this plane of existence at that point. Hey, who put these two-pound weights in my hands? The Soul Cycle gods, I guess.
The only slow moment of the night came when Madeleine put on Nicole’s new single, “Run.” Despite its down-tempo pace, it was a weirdly perfect addition to our workout playlist. The next time you’re on a stationary bike, put on “Run,” ramp up the resistance, drop your head and justzone.
Speaking of the ballad, Scherzinger said that she recently filmed a music video for it while in London. She didn’t give the final product away entirely, but she did tease that shooting involved a “one-take live performance.”
Back to the spin class, let’s just say that it was as bizarrely transcendental an experience as it was sweaty, and it was definitely one that I won’t soon forget. It helps that my thighs are currently thuh-robbing more than 24 hours after all this originally transpired, but still