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Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger to Play Norma Desmond in West End Production of Sunset Boulevard

A Doll’s House director Jamie Lloyd will helm the production.

Nicole Scherzinger previously starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, and will now take the lead role in a new production of Sunset Boulevard in London.
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Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, will star in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard in the West End later this year.

The production is being directed by Jamie Lloyd, who directed the current Broadway revival of A Doll’s House. It will play at the Savoy Theatre for 16 weeks from September, according to BBC News.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton’s much-loved musical, based on Billy Wilder’s seminal 1950 film, follows the Hollywood has-been Norma Desmond, who coaxes an aspiring screenwriter into her fantasy world, with some unexpected consequences.

The score features songs including “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” “With One Look,” and “The Perfect Year.” The show premiered in the West End in 1993, and has been revived numerous times since. A rumored film adaptation has long been in the works.

Scherzinger was previously nominated for an Olivier Award for her portrayal of Grizabella in Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, which also ran in the West End.

The composer said: “Nicole is one of the finest singers I have worked with, and I can’t wait to get started on this exciting show with her and the rest of this brilliant team.”

Jamie Lloyd added: “After our reappraisal of Evita at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, I’m very excited to rediscover another iconic Lloyd Webber musical – and Sunset Boulevard is one of his most thrilling, complex and atmospheric scores. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to create a new production of this fascinating piece with the extraordinary Nicole Scherzinger.”

The production marks the first production presented by Lloyd Webber Harrison Musicals, the new joint venture by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Harrison.