On Thursday (1.04,) it was announced that Nicole Scherzinger will return as Norma Desmond in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard musical, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Reprising the role, Scherzinger originally portrayed Desmond in London’s West End version of the musical, and her British co-stars Tom Francis, Grace Hodgett-Young, and Olivier Award-winner David Thaxton, will also be joining her on the great white way.
Receiving critical acclaim and The New York Times calling Scherzinger’s acting a “career-defining performance,” Lloyd’s UK production of the musical began performances last September, and the West End production will end its run at London’s Savoy Theatre on Saturday (1.06.)
IN 2016, the singer/actress/game show judge had the opportunity to reprise her UK role as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Lloyd Webber’s Cats. However, when Nicole dropped out last minute, she was replaced by The X Factor winner Leona Lewis. The Pussycat Dolls singer had played Grizabella in the London production of the show.
Stated Andrew Lloyd Weber at the time “I’m furious, because I really believe she’s the most fantastically talented girl, and I went out on a limb to get her for the London Palladium here, and it makes me look like an absolute twot with them all.”
Based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 black comedy film noir, Sunset Boulevard tells the story of Norma, a faded star of the silent screen era, who lives in the past in her mansion on Sunset Boulevard.