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Lloyd Webber ‘Furious’ Nicole Scherzinger Quit B’way’s Cats Revival


first_img View Comments Nicole Scherzinger in ‘Cats'(Photo: Alessandro Pinna) Andrew Lloyd Webber is not happy with Nicole Scherzinger, who received an Olivier nomination for her role of Grizabella in London’s Cats revival and was expected to reprise her performance in the upcoming Broadway production. Turns out, she pulled out at the eleventh hour. “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,” the legendary composer told The Economist Radio. “Never mind. There will be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony Award.”It transpires that Scherzinger has chosen to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s X Factor instead, which although only had a brief run in the U.S. is still on air in the U.K. “A week before we were going into rehearsals with Cats on Broadway, which luckily I’m not producing, I have to say, she calls me and says she’s decided she wants to do X Factor having agreed everything,” Lloyd Webber revealed to the British radio show. “I mean, she’s crazy. But the American producers take the view, that’s fine, we’ll get somebody else. Because she’s actually not really well known in America, she’s much better known here.”The revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning Cats is scheduled to begin performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on July 14 and officially open on July 31.Scherzinger has sold 50 million records with the Pussy Cat Dolls and 16 million records as a solo artist. Stage credits include Maureen in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Screen acting credits include How I Met Your Mother, Men in Black 3, Half & Half, My Wife and Kids, Love Don’t Cost a Thing and the upcoming Dirty Dancing remake. She has previously served as a judge on the U.K. X Factor and won the U.S. Dancing With the Stars in 2010. Cats would have been Scherzinger’s Broadway debut.As previously reported, the Cats cast will include Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger, Ricky Ubeda as Mistoffelees, Quentin Earl Darrington as Old Deuteronomy, Eloise Kropp as Jennyannydots / Gumbie, Giuseppe Bausilio as Carbucketty, Jeremy Davis as Skimbleshanks, Kim Faure as Demeter, Sara Jean Ford as Jellylorum, Lili Froehlich as Electra, Daniel Gaymon as Macavity, Shonica Gooden as Rumpleteazer, Christopher Gurr as Gus/Bustopher Jones, Andy Jones as Munkustrap, Kolton Krouse as Tumblebrutus, Jess LeProtto as Mungojerrie, Georgina Pazcoguin as Victoria, Emily Pynenburg as Cassandra, Arianna Rosario as Sillabub, Ahmad Simmons as Alonzo, Christine Cornish Smith as Bombalurina, Corey Snide as Coricopat, Emily Tate as Tantomile and Sharrod Williams as Pouncival.We will bring you news of who will be playing Grizabella in New York as soon as it’s in!last_img read more


Real Madrid Hold Bayern to Reach Third Successive Final


first_imgThey will meet either Liverpool or AS Roma in the final in Kiev on May 26, where they will be bidding to become the first side since Bayern in 1976 to win the competition three years in a row.Meanwhile, AS Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has said that his team must aim for a “miracle” against Liverpool with the Italian club trailing 5-2 ahead of tonight’s Champions League semifinal second leg.Roma came back from a 4-1 deficit in their quarter-final against Barcelona by winning the return leg in the Italian capital 3-0.“We must have belief and with this mentality, with these fans and this passion around the team, try to perform another miracle – and saying miracle is perfectly fine,” Di Francesco told reporters yesterday.“Liverpool are really dangerous and they can hurt you as soon as you give them an inch. I want to clarify one thing — in a Champions League semifinal in front of 70 000 people, do you expect a team just to yield?” queried the Roma coach last night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Holders Real Madrid reached the UEFA Champions League final for a third year in a row after taking advantage of Bayern Munich’s carelessness in attack and defence to draw 2-2 in their semi-final second leg last night, winning 4-3 on aggregate.Bayern defender Joshua Kimmich put them in front in the third minute but Karim Benzema levelled with a free header in the 11th and a goalkeeping howler from Bayern’s Sven Ulreich allowed Benzema to tap in Madrid’s second at the start of the second half.James Rodriguez, on loan from Madrid, hit a deserved equaliser for Bayern in the 63rd to set up a gripping finale but despite waves of pressure from the visitors, the Spaniards clung on, becoming the first team since Juventus in 1998 to reach the final for three years in succession.last_img read more


CSO record lowest rate of unemployment in almost a decade


first_imgFigures released by the Central Statistics Office have today revealed that the rate of unemployment has hit 6%, a figure which has not been seen since before the recession. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2017 was 6.0%, down from 6.1% in September 2017 and down from 7.2% in October 2016.This has been the lowest rate of unemployment in Ireland since June 2008. The rate of unemployment has previously been as high as 15.2% in January 2012. 131,300 people were employed during October 2017, down from 133,100 when compared to September.Looking back at this time last year, that’s a decrease of 26,800 when compared to October 2016.Of the 82,000 men that were unemployed in September 2017, 1,700 have come into employment. The amount of women unemployed in October was 51,000 , a decrease of 100 when compared to September.  CSO record lowest rate of unemployment in almost a decade was last modified: November 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:central statistics officeCSOunemploymentlast_img read more