The Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats will welcome a new Grizabella in the coming month. Leona Lewis, the British pop singer known for the song “Bleeding Love,” announced via Twitter that she will depart the Broadway production in the next month.
“Wow can't believe less than a month til I leave NY, time has flown by, I'll miss my @CatsBroadway family like crazy!,” she wrote.
Her final performance date is October 9. Her replacement (who will perform the stand-out ballad “Memory”) has not been announced. The revival opened July 31.
Production spokespersons did not immediately answer Playbill.com's requests for confirmation.
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) September 13, 2016
Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original Broadway production opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (currently home to Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical), where it ran for 7,485 performances and 18 years. The musical was originally produced on Broadway by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company Limited, David Geffen and The Shubert Organization.
The creative team for the new Broadway production includes John Napier (scenic and costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design) and Mick Potter (sound design), with additional choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne, and direction by Trevor Nunn.
This new production of Cats is licensed by The Really Useful Group. Nina Lannan serves as executive producer.