Andrew Lloyd Webber unveiled a surprising choice of leading lady to perform the famous “Phantom of The Opera” song at the Royal Variety Performance. The act was introduced by Andrew Lloyd Webber himself.
He explained that it was the 25th anniversary of the Phantom Of The Opera and he revealed that the leading lady, Christine, was none other than Nicole Scherzinger that night.
Clad in an elegant, sparkling gown, Scherzinger took center stage, looking exactly like a beautiful leading lady, rather than a pop star. She was surrounded by no less than four great leading men – each of whom have played the role of the phantom over the years.
You might recall that Nicole Scherzinger is a vocalist from the hugely popular girl group, the Pussycat Dolls. They are an American band and dance ensemble from California. They became a phenomenally successful global image and commercial brand. Before they disbanded in 2010, the Pussycat Dolls were one of the most successful girl groups of all time.
One could be forgiven for thinking that it was quite a stretch for an artist to jump from pop singer to opera diva. Would she have the vocal range it demanded?
The haunting music of the rock-opera filled the auditorium and the audience was hushed, no doubt filled with anticipation, waiting and wondering what this lady could deliver. As she performed the song with her entourage of superb male vocalists, Scherzinger sounded magnificent, she hit all the challenging notes flawlessly.
The finale was spine-tingling in its perfection. Who could have guessed she actually had a range like that?
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