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Nicole Scherzinger as Rent's Maureen -- First Pictures & Video!

Nicole Scherzinger as Rent's Maureen -- First Pictures & Video!

Nicole Scherzinger kills it as sassy bisexual performance artist Maureen during opening night of the hit musical Rent at Hollywood Bowl on Friday night (August 6).

Check out the video below of the 32-year-old Pussycat Doll and Tracie Thoms (Joanne) sing “Take Me or Leave Me.” So good!!!

“The cast and [director Neil Patrick Harris] are great!” Nicole has said. “Hope ya have a blast with my Maureen. So blessed to be with such a beautiful cast!”

Nicole Scherzinger & Tracie Thoms: “Take Me or Leave Me”
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Credit: London Entertainment; Photos: SplashNewsOnline
Posted to: Broadway, Nicole Scherzinger, Tracie Thomas

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  • q

    really good! but everyone knew she would be.

  • Koree

    That wasgreat! wish I was there

  • Noticias de Famosos

    Fantastic, Nicole is amazing as always. I would love to go to
    see it!

  • *meh*

    She can sing, but her interpretation of the song leaves something to be desired, imho. I wouldn’t call her an actress. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by Idina Menzel

  • aly

    she’s so awesome. she almost makes up for the atrocity that is hudgens as mimi

  • C

    i was there last night and honestly, she stole the show. She was unbelievable and her voice was pure and raw talent. Her applause was louder than everyone’s each time

  • Liza

    Now Nicole can SING! Amazing. Totally agree aly.

  • karhil

    she’s simply AMAZING SINGER :D

  • Callie

    Whoa. She was better than expected. But nowhere near Idina Menzel :P Can’t say the same about Vanessa Hudgens though. She did a horrible job as Mimi!

  • pop86

    I have a new respect for Nicole. She’s an amazing singer

  • miss infamous

    I have never seen Rent :(

  • Sadie


  • Dreads

    Much better than Baby V I guess :D …. Now, that’s a great singer. Amazing performance and for the two of them, Nicole and that girl wth her. Don’t know much about the latter but she has a nce voice too and she screams talent! Good. The show is SAVED.

  • Sarah

    I did not know Nicole was this talent and she could sing this well. Way to go for proving me dead wrong. That was great.

  • TMD

    I’m such a HUGE fan of RENT and even though it wasn’t no Idina Menzel. She did an AMAZING job. VH not so much. I very much respect Nicole and Tracie.

  • Sarah


    And, to be honest, I have heard from many many people who were there that Vanessa was amazing live and if you weren’t there you shouldn’t talk, because you didn’t get to view the whole performance. I even checked out her version of “Light My Candle” and it was significantly better than “Out Tonight” which is a damn hard song to pull off.

  • Heather

    Well I was there and Vanessa wasn’t all that….just a pretty good average performer. Now Nicole was the one people were the most impressed by.

  • rock n roll queen

    nicole rocks as maureen i cant describe how much i love rent n she did a fantastic job

  • hlena


  • Neil

    -Honey—I WAS THERE and Vanessa was amazingly terrible. Anyone that knows this play will see that. She was like a little child trying to portray a famous broadway role. No great emotion in this wooden actress . On the other hand, Nicole S. ran circles around everyone. She was magnificent in both her voice and her form. She deserves to be a great STAR.

  • Katie

    I saw it last night and Vanessa’s voice is surprisingly really really weak. At points t was embarassing listening to her sing in comparison to the other cast members. Nicole did amazing and blew me away.

  • Dee

    THIS is how you do it. Tracie Thomas (Joanne) I knew would be amazing because she’s Tracie Thomas but I wasn’t expecting Nicole to be this good. Idina as the original Maureen will always be #1 and Eden a close 2nd but Nicole worked it out! Not all was lost.

  • Dee

    *Thoms* lol

  • status quo

    Yeah we were all spoiled by Idina Menzel. I envy that woman. She is a force to be reckon with. But Nicole was also phenomenal. Bravo! Yay for talent.

  • aj

    Now those are broadway singers.

  • melissa asherman

    If that was the first time I saw Rent… then she was good. But I’ve seen RENT on Broadway at least 7 times, including original cast… and if you go by that – then she wasn’t good at all.

  • IAJ

    I saw it tonight– Nicole is AMAZING! I didn’t know she could sing (or dance) like that! She was the best one in the show!

  • karen24

    Nicole did a very good good job than anyone..And she made the her character more phenomenal..phenomenal to reach Idina Menzel performance..

  • awesome

    LOL at the title of the video!

  • Jonte

    Both women are great singers..

  • Jane

    She did a very good job, good for her!
    Vanessa Hudgens totally sucked.