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Nicole Scherzinger Lands Role in 'Cats' Musical

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Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger is evolving into another type of feline. 

The pop singer has landed the role of the "Glamour Cat" Grizabella in Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical. She’ll perform in the famous production when it returns to London’s Palladium for a 12-week run from Dec. 6.

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“I am really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show and I couldn’t be more excited,” she says in a statement. “To have the opportunity to work with Andrew, Trevor and Gillian is a dream come true. I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song 'Memory.' Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honored to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career. I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”

The London production of Cats finally ended in 2002 after 21 years and 8,950 performances. Adapted from T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," the production had earned $197 million at the box office and had been seen by more than 8 million people. 

Performing in Cats shouldn’t be a stretch for Scherzinger; she studied theatre and dance at the Wright State University in Ohio. Scherzinger joined the Pussycat Dolls in 2003, less than two years after splitting from Eden's Crush, the girl group she was in after winning the "Popstars" competition on the WB network. She left PCD in 2009.

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Though her stint in Cats will be her first appearance on the West End, Scherzinger’s face is a familiar one in the U.K. She spent two seasons as a judge on the U.K. version of the X Factor, and she dates the British Formula One racing car champion Lewis Hamilton.

Songwriters and producers The Dream and Tricky have worked closely with Scherzinger on her second solo album, Big Fat Lie, which is due in October.  The album’s first single "Your Love" cracked the top 10 in the U.K. earlier this year.