As previously reported by West End Frame, Leona Lewis will star as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "Leona has one of the greatest voices of her generation. We are all hugely excited about working with her."
Lewis said: "I am beyond thrilled for my Broadway debut to be in such an iconic show...I cannot wait to see the audiences out in NYC!"
Nicole Scherzinger was supposed to play the role but withdrew a week before rehearsals were set to begin. Directed by Trevor Nunn with some new choreography byHamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler, Cats will open on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on 31st July 2016 (previews from 14th July).
Having trained at Sylvia Young, Italia Conti and Brit School, in 2014 Lewis starred in the musical movie Walking on Sunshine. She was The X Factor in 2006.
The cast also 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.