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Diary: Once more with feline – apaws for Nicole Scherzinger’s clawsome catitude

Nicole Scherzinger in Cats. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Tabard is well aware of the lengths some actors will go to prepare for a role.

Take Daniel Day-Lewis, for example. Tabard understands he created the character of fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock for the film Phantom Thread and studied fashion to prepare for the part, learning how to cut, drape, and sew.

That’s dedication isn’t it? And how handy to have an actor who is able to make his own costumes for the role.

So who else goes to such lengths, you ask?

Well, Tabard hears Nicole Scherzinger is a stickler for detail. Who would have thought it?

Apparently she took researching her role as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats very seriously indeed, telling an audience at a recent event to mark the composer’s 70th that she spent time with actual cats to prepare.

But not just any old cats. “I went down to Battersea cats centre and I sat there,” she revealed. How very dedicated.

But there’s more, because her devotion was even more remarkable for the fact she has a small issue with animals of the feline variety. “I had to stay on the other side of the glass because I’m allergic to cats,” she explained.

Not that Tabard really expected her to get inside the animal enclosures and lie with them, but still.

And now Tabard knows that when she sang Memory on stage she was channelling all her experiences of hanging out with those poor homeless creatures.

You could see the raw emotion in her face.

Bravo, Scherzinger. A purrfect performance.

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