Nicole Scherzinger

Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger is set to join the cast of the new show by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, the sequel to “Phantom of the Opera,” next year.

After reports of jealousy, infighting and discontent among the group surfaced, Scherzinger, 31, is said to have taken an official break from the Pussycat Dolls in order to focus on the various projects that she is currently pursuing.

According to her representative, Scherzinger will be involved with the new Webber’s Phantom-themed show “Love Never Dies,” which will open in London in March 2010 followed by a New York City performance on Broadway, in November 2010.

Since she joined the Pussycat Dolls in 2003, the group has released two albums. “PCD,” released in 2006, was a huge commercial success reaching double-platinum status. “Doll Domination,” released two years later, did not fare well compared to its predecessor despite relatively successful singles.

It is still not clear if Scherzinger will be one of the lead characters in the show, which depicts the story of a beautiful soprano who becomes the obsession of a mysterious and disfigured theater ghoul.

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