The X Factor winner joined right before rehearsals were due to begin. Needing to sing something with equal pedigree, Memory was her go-to for the semi-final. After a nervous start, she built to a belting climax that put her through to the final with the highest number of audience votes. She said in her first audition that her dream was to be as successful as Elaine Paige, and thanks to this, the two sang a duet together on a TV show about her life. Betty Buckley had the honour of originating the role of Grizabella on Broadway, and won a Tony Award for the performance. Is that you, Celine? Nicole Scherzinger, who played Grizabella in the West End revival of Cats, delivers her version of Memory with huge grace and class. From its quieter moments of dignity to the full pelt belting at the end of the song, she completely nails it - and unsurprisingly was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance. Who else could take the top spot but the original Grizabella, Elaine Paige? Memorable indeed.
The famous song " Memory " is first heard at the very end of Act 1. This version is a prelude to the full Act 2 version of the song. Grizabella sings alone as she laments her current plight. Halfway through the " Jellicle Ball ", the tribe notice Grizabella watching, and chase her off. The younger cats are confused, some reaching out to her in sympathy, some cruelly teasing her, but the adults prevent them from getting too close to her. The cats slink away, leaving Grizabella alone, apart from Old Deuteronomy watching in the distance. Alone, Grizabella tries to capture some of the magic of the Ball, but she is too old, trying to dance is painful, and alone, it is pointless. She sings a short version of " Memory ". During this song, she is left contemplating the "memory" of the time before she left the tribe.
It was written for the musical Cats , where it is sung primarily by the character Grizabella as a melancholic remembrance of her glamorous past and as a plea for acceptance. According to musicologist Jessica Sternfeld, it is "by some estimations the most successful song ever from a musical. Elaine Paige originated the role of Grizabella in the West End production of Cats , and was thus the first to perform the song publicly on stage. In Cats , "Memory" is sung primarily by Grizabella , a one-time "glamour cat" who has fallen on hard times and is now only a shell of her former self. Melodic fragments of "Memory" are then sung twice in a higher D major key by Jemima also known as Sillabub , a young cat who is sympathetic to Grizabella's plight. The first instance occurs at the beginning of the second act after "The Moments of Happiness", and the second instance occurs near the end of the second act right before Grizabella's final appearance. As Grizabella returns near the end of the musical, she sings the full version of the song as she pleads for acceptance, with Jemima joining in briefly to urge her on. Andrew Lloyd Webber originally composed the tune for a proposed Giacomo Puccini project that he later abandoned. Although the tune was intentionally written in the style of Puccini, Lloyd Webber was concerned that he had unknowingly lifted it from one of Puccini's works.
After breaking the internet for all the wrong reasons back in July with a trailer that defined the term WTF, the eagerly-awaited big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats finally hits the big screen this week. Hopefully Tom Hooper's take on the Broadway smash will provide answers to the many questions we had in the wake of its mystifying promo. Why does the size of the cats appear to change with each shot, for example?