Leona Lewis Takes Over Nicole Scherzinger’s Role In ‘Cats’: Was Nicole’s Diva Attitude To Blame?

Is Nicole Scherzinger pulling the diva card?

Scherzinger played the character Grizabella in the London production and was slated to do so as well in the NYC production. But according to Page Six, the ex-Pussycat Doll star bailed a week before rehearsals allegedly because composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber wouldn’t put her name above the title and on the marquee — like it was in London.

Page Six says Scherzinger simply returned to her judging gig on UK’s “The X Factor.”

Lloyd Webber told the Economist Radio, “I mean, she’s crazy. But the American producers just took a view — ‘well, fine, we’ll get somebody else,’ because she’s actually not very well-known in America. He continued, “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 [bleep] with them all.” He added, “But never mind, there’ll be another girl on Broadway, and Nicole will not get her Tony Award.”

British singer Leona Lewis replaced Scherzinger for the role.

If true, that’s kind of rotten of Scherzinger,  but I can actually see both of them in the role; Lewis is a good choice! What do you think, Roomies?


Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in London production of Cats.