Saturday 22 October 2016

Scherzinger hopes to be top cat

Published 12/04/2015 | 02:51

Nicole Scherzinger has been performing in Cats
Nicole Scherzinger has been performing in Cats

Former X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger is guaranteed an ovation when she takes to the stage at tonight's Olivier Awards, but could be going home with a gong as well after she was nominated for her role in the revival of Cats.

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The singer will share the bill with names including Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael, Dame Judi Dench, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pixie Lott and Russell Tovey.

Scherzinger, nominated for best supporting actress in a musical for her role as Grizabella in Cats, will perform Memory from the hit show.

Other nominees include Gemma Arterton who is up for best actress in a musical for her Made In Dagenham performance - her first onstage singing role - as factory worker Rita O'Grady.

She is pitted against Tamsin Greig (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown), Beverley Knight (Memphis The Musical) and Katie Brayben (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical).

New productions Memphis The Musical and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical lead the nominations for individual productions, with nine and eight nods respectively.

They will compete in the outstanding achievement in music category against DJ Fatboy Slim and Talking Heads star David Byrne for their musical Here Lies Love at the National Theatre.

The show, which featured "a simulated danceclub disco", traced the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines.

In the best actress category, Gillian Anderson is in the running for her much-lauded Young Vic performance in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Kristin Scott Thomas (Electra), Imelda Staunton (Good People) and Penelope Wilton (Taken At Midnight) are also up for the award.

Best actor nominees are James McAvoy (The Ruling Class), Mark Strong (A View From The Bridge), Richard Armitage (The Crucible) and Tim Pigott-Smith (King Charles III).

Long-running shows Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Matilda The Musical and Wicked are shortlisted for the This Morning Audience Award, the only award voted for by the public.

The stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre has five nominations.

All the nominations for best new play - Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, King Charles III, The Nether and Taken At Midnight - originated in subsidised theatres.

The Young Vic, where productions included A View From The Bride and A Streetcar Named Desire, received the most nominations for a single venue, with 11.

Caro Newling, president of the Society of London Theatre, said "2015 has been another incredible year for London theatre".

The event - formally known as the Olivier Awards with MasterCard - is being held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

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