Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical “Cats” is returning to the Great White Way in July and pop superstar Leona Lewis has been tapped to play the lead role.
Lewis will star as the withered and worn lonely cat Grizabella in the Broadway revival, which will start in previews at New York City’s Neil Simon Theater on July 14 and officially open on July 31.
Lewis’ role in “Cats” on Broadway will mark the theatrical debut for the 31-year-old winner of the UK version of “X Factor.”
“Cats” is based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” a collection of poems by T.S. Eliot.
The musical wrapped an almost 18-year run on Broadway in 2000 after playing 7,485 performances. “Cats” ranks as the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history.
The Trevor Nunn-directed revival was originally slated to star former Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger, who abruptly backed out of the show weeks before rehearsals were set to start.
Webber, who championed for Scherzinger to lead the Broadway revival of “Cats,” said the singer was “crazy” and that “there’ll be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony award.”
“Cats” will join two other Webber revivals on Broadway, “School of Rock” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”