Delta Goodrem as Grizabella from the musical Cats.
Delta Goodrem as Grizabella from the musical Cats. Will Braden

Stars align for Delta's debut musical theatre role in Cats

DELTA Goodrem is embracing her feline side in her first professional theatrical role.

The chart-topping singer and TV singing coach stars as Grizabella in the new production of Cats.

Goodrem says it felt like the stars aligned for her musical theatre debut.

"This is my first theatre production, and there's no better one than an Andrew Lloyd Webber production," she told APN.

"It feels like the absolute right time, the right moment. With the sentiment in the song (Memories), it feels like the stars aligned for this."

She had never seen the award-winning show before agreeing to play Grizabella, a faded glamour cat who no longer resembles the proud, carefree, flamboyant dancer of her youth.

Grizabella's performance of the song Memory is one of the show's highlights, the high-energy choreography being another, and the song is well suited to Goodrem's powerhouse vocals.

"I think it was a great thing to find my own version of it," she said.

"I feel the best part about it is I get to be the artist. I am an artist first and foremost and in Cats I get to bring out my more eccentric side."

Every show night she must transform into Grizabella, thanks to the production's signature make-up and costumes, and take on the character of a street-hardened cat.

"Those feline qualities are quite empowering," she said.

"It's wonderful to get that fluid movement into the body

"I definitely have to stretch a lot to get my body ready to move as a cat. You want to take the audience to another place so they're not seeing humans but a spirit form that is a cat."

Based on T S Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the musical follows the Jellicle Cats as they come out to play in a larger-than-life junkyard on the night of the Jellicle Ball.

They tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new life.

The Australian production of Cats also stars Jason Wasley, Matt McFarlane, Dominique Hamilton, Christopher Favaloro, James Cooper and Daniel Assetta.

Cats plays QPAC's Lyric Theatre tonight through February 14.

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