According to the Daily Star, Leona Lewis is the "first choice" to star as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats
Nicole Scherzinger recently withdrew from the show a week before rehearsals were set to begin. The Daily Star claims that Lewis, who won The X Factor in 2006, is "first in line for the job if she wants it". Please remember this is just a rumour and nothing has been confirmed.
Directed by Trevor Nunn with some new choreography by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler, Cats will open on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on 31st July 2016 (previews from 14th July).
Last year Lewis said she would "consider" taking on a West End role. When asked by Gaby Roslin on BBC London 94.9 if she would take on a stage musical, Lewis said, "Possibly, it's very demanding on your voice! It's a different kind of singing, like the projection they use... it's different. I feel like I could, probably not right now but at some point it would be cool to do a stint somewhere, for sure."
Having trained at Sylvia Young, Italia Conti and Brit School, in 2014 Lewis starred in the musical movie Walking on Sunshine.
The cast for the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical includes: Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger, Ricky Ubeda as Mistoffelees, Quentin Earl Darrington as Old Deuteronomy, Eloise Kropp as Jennyannydots/Gumbie, Giuseppe Bausilio as Carbucketty, Jeremy Davis as Skimbleshanks, Kim Faure as Demeter, Sara Jean Ford as Jellylorum, Lili Froehlich as Electra, Daniel Gaymon as Macavity, Shonica Gooden as Rumpleteazer, Christopher Gurr as Gus/Bustopher Jones, Andy Huntington Jones as Munkustrap, Kolton Krouse as Tumblebrutus, Jess LeProtto as Mungojerrie, Georgina Pazcoguin as Victoria, Emily Pynenburg as Cassandra, Arianna Rosario as Sillabub, Ahmad Simmons as Alonzo, Christine Cornish Smith as Bombalurina, Corey Snide as Coricopat, Emily Tate as Tantomile and Sharrod Williams as Pouncival.