Monday, 16 May 2016

Nicole Scherzinger releases statment after withdrawing from Broadway revival of Cats

Nicole Scherzinger has released a statement after withdrawing from the Broadway revival of Cats a week before rehearsals were due to begin.

Last week the musical's composer Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed Scherzinger had  quit the musical so she can instead return to The X Factor UK as a judge alongside Simon Cowell. 

Scherzinger starred as Grizabella in the recent West End revival of Cats, and was long-rumoured to be reprising her role on Broadway.

Speaking to The Economist last week, Lloyd Webber said: "A week before we go into rehearsal on Broadway, which luckily I'm not producing, I get the news that she's decided to do X Factor, having agreed to do everything. 

"I mean she's crazy but American producers just say, 'Ah well, we'll just get someone else', because she's not actually that well known in America. I'm furious because I really believe she's a really fantastically talented girl and I really went out on a limb to get her into the London Palladium here and it makes me look like an absolute t**t. But never mind, there will be another girl on Broadway and Nicole won't get her Tony Award."

Responding to Lloyd Webber in a statement released to Radio Times, Scherzinger says: "I had every intention of doing Cats on Broadway but the contract was never finalised."

"I am incredibly blessed to be given so many amazing opportunities, including Cats, but unfortunately we weren't able to make it work this time around. I adore and respect Andrew, I'm so grateful for our friendship and can’t wait for the opportunity to create more magic together."

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