Saturday, 7 February 2015

Sneak peek at... Kerry Ellis performing 'Memory' in Cats

Producers of Cats have released an exclusive video of Kerry Ellis rehearsing 'Memory' via the show's official YouTube channel.

Known as the first lady of the West End, Ellis takes over as Grizabella from Nicole Scherzinger at the London Palladium on Monday (9th Feb). Watch the video below!

Scherzinger plays her final performance in Cats tonight (7th Feb). Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical returned to the West End last year for a limited run. Due to an overwhelming response, the show recently extended to 25th April 2015.

Speaking to West End Frame about singing 'Memory' in Cats, Ellis said: "Obviously there is great pressure because of the expectation and people know the song very well. They know how they like to hear it sung. I’ve sung it in concerts over the years but I’ve never had the information that I’ve been given now from Trevor, the team and company. 

"I didn’t know the story behind it; in the past I sang it as a standard song whereas this time I’m coming from a different angle because I’m playing a character and it has a story. It will be really different for me which I’m so excited about. It will be great to get into it. We’ve been in rehearsals and I have been doing it and I’m sure I will be a bit nervous to sing it on Monday, and every night because it comes at the very end of the show. I have to wait a long time and people are waiting for that number. I’m more excited than scared." Click here to read the full interview.

As well as being the first British actress to play Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked, Ellis’ theatre credits include: creating the role of Meat in We Will Rock You (Dominion) and playing Nancy in Oliver (Drury Lane), Fantine in Les Miserables (Queen’s), Ellen in Miss Saigon (UK Tour), Beth in War of the Worlds (World Arena Tour), Svetlana Sergievsky in Chess opposite Idina Menzel (Royal Albert Hall) and Mimi in RENT (Concert Tour), as well as West End Men (Vaudeville) and Tell Me on a Sunday (RCCL). She also famously understudied Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (National/Drury Lane).

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