‘DWTS’ champ and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger joins cast of ‘Rent’ at the Hollywood Bowl


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So what do you do after you bring home the mirrorball trophy on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

If you’re Nicole Scherzinger, you join the cast of ‘Rent’ at the Hollywood Bowl.

The lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls will play Maureen, a free-spirited bisexual performance artist, in Jonathan Larson’s ‘90s rock version of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme.’


The fully staged production, directed by Neil Patrick Harris, will run Aug. 6-8.

Scherzinger will complete a cast that includes Wayne Brady, Vanessa Hudgens, Skylar Astin, Telly Leung, Collins Pennie, Gwen Stewart, Tracie Thoms and Aaron Tveit.

In May, Scherzinger and her partner, Derek Hough, defeated Olympic skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek and his partner to win the 10th season of ABC’s ‘Dancing...’

Scherzinger and the Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque troupe turned vocal group, crossed over onto the pop charts with their 2005 debut album ‘PCD’ and the mega-hit ‘Don’t Cha,’ followed by the album ‘Doll Domination.’ She also has pursued a career as a solo artist.

‘Rent’ opened on Broadway in 1996 and ran for 5,124 performances. It won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and four Tonys.

--Karen Wada


Neil Patrick Harris to direct ‘Rent’ at the Hollywood Bowl


Vanessa Hudgens to star in ‘Rent’ at the Hollywood Bowl this summer

Wayne Brady will join the cast of ‘Rent’ at the Hollywood Bowl