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Nicole Scherzinger will star in ‘Cats’ on the West End

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with the theatre world, the West End is London’s answer to Broadway and features all the big productions on the stage for the UK, really. It’s a massive deal for an actor to get a spot in a West End show, and I suppose an even bigger deal since Nicole Scherzinger is going to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Cats there starting this December. Awesome!

Nicole Scherzinger will be making her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats. Returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014, press night will be on 11 December at 7pm. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – are reunited to bring Cats back to the West End this Christmas. Final casting will be announced shortly.

On joining the West End production of Cats, Nicole Scherzinger said:  “I am really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show and I couldn’t be more excited. To have the opportunity to work with Andrew, Trevor and Gillian is a dream come true. I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song Memory. Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honoured to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career. I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”

Nicole Scherzinger is a killer singer so I’m sure this will be amazing, even though Cats is probably my least favourite musical ever in the history of musicals. They should’ve put her in Evita! You know she could do it!

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Lady Gaga says the world is wrong about Israel

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This is a celebrity gossip blog, not a political blog, so I’ll leave my personal opinions somewhat out of this one. You see, Lady Gaga recently visited Israel, which makes her an expert in the world’s political climate and totally qualified to tell us all how wrong we are about the country because it’s nice and she met some nice people there. Uh… okay?

From The Independent:

“Oh it was fantastic!” she coos of her Israeli show. “Tel Aviv was magnificent. The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits,” she says, perhaps not a view that would prevail in Gaza. “I had a very emotional show with those fans. It was wonderful.

Here’s the thing: the world view about Israel is based on what the country does on an international scale, not about the individuals you’ve met there who like your music, girl. A lot of people think a lot of shitty things about Americans based on what our country does in the world, but that has little reflection on everyday citizens who want nothing to do with what the government puts into play. Most people with any intelligence know that a lot of Americans are sick and tired of the terrorist witch hunting and the fact that America can’t seem to mind its own business (in fact, it minds anything but). However, that doesn’t mean what people think of America as a COUNTRY is wrong – America is synonymous with war and greed and shit at this point to other countries in the world, so obviously that’s what they’re basing their opinions on. Same goes for Israel. I’m sure there are PLENTY of lovely Israeli people; in fact, I imagine most people in the country are lovely. Politicians and citizens rarely have the same goals.

My one word of advice to Lady Gaga would be to be an entertainer, not a political commentator. To say that those who view Israel in a negative light – especially those who live in the region – are not living in “reality” is ridiculous. It’s THEIR reality, which is far more than the codified version she no doubt experienced in her few days there.

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Fergie releases new track ‘LA Love’

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Fergie stepped out of the spotlight and into maternity jeans, preferring to take some time off to enjoy being married to Josh Duhamel and to have their baby, a now 1-year-old little boy named Axl. Now she’s back with some new music, and her comeback single ‘L.A. Love’ has leaked… and it’s pretty good:

I liked this from first listen. It’s a bit overdone, but somehow Fergie manages to pull it off. It’s a far cry from ‘Glamorous’, but I can see this doing REALLY well on the radio and should get her back on the charts somewhat easily. Definitely worth another listen, anyway.

What do you think?

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