Leona Lewis was channeling her “Cats” meow at the opening night of the musical’s Broadway revival on Sunday night. The pop star stepped out at the Neil Simon Theatre in an elegant floor length off-the-shoulder black satin gown designed by Zac Posen, accessorizing the eveningwear look with a sparkling choker and matching bracelet. Posen shared a photo from the red carpet, and his followers were generally positive about the look. “You nail it every time!! @zacposen thank you for your contribution to the fashion world,” commented one user.
Lewis is making her Broadway debut in the iconic Andrew Lloyd Weber musical in the role of Grizabella. She joined the show’s cast in late May, replacing fellow pop singer Nicole Scherzinger, who played the same role in the musical’s London run and was rumored to appear in New York. She instead ditched Broadway — a week before “Cats” was scheduled to enter rehearsals — to join the British competition show “X Factor” as a judge. Lewis is an “X Factor” alum herself — she got her break in the industry after winning the show in 2006.
The majority of the original “Cats” creative team returned for the show’s revival, including director Sir Trevor Nunn and costume and scenic designer John Napier. “Hamilton” choreographer and Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler joined the show as choreographer, telling WWD in June, “I felt it was really important to preserve the spirit and look of what’s already there, but then just change it to match the new audience’s expectations. Because in 30 years, the audience has changed a lot.”
“Cats” was the longest-running show on Broadway when the original production closed in 2000.