Harry Hill’s I Can’t Sing – The X Factor Musical at the London Palladium
The Upcoming West End Production Was Originally Conceived as X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical
Back in March it was revealed that Harry Hill would be bringing a new X-Factor musical to the West End, then going under the title X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical, and now more information has been unveiled about the production.
Due to open at the London Palladium in February 2014 the show will now go under the moniker I Can’t Sing! – The X Factor Musical and it is set to be directed by Sean Foley, recently known for his work with Graham Linehan’s The Ladykillers, and Hill has penned new songs with Steve Brown.
The show was described as an affectionate look at the ITV talent show when it was unveiled in March, with the character of Chenice accidentally joining the queue for auditions without ever actually hearing of the show before. Chenice’s father has an iron lung that interferes with their television reception, so she is completely new the concept when she is thrown in front of the judges. The show features 19 original songs as we take a new glimpse at a familiar concept, though it has not been indicated if the original synopsis detailed above has been modified since the new title came about.
Harry Hill, of course, is a well known comedian who has been the face of an array of different television shows over the last two decades, most notably Harry Hill’s TV Burp. Before that he also presented the likes of Harry Hill (later The All-New Harry Hill Show) and Fruit Fancies. He has also produced his own stand-up shows that include the likes of Man Alive – Live, First Class Scamp and 2013’s Sausage Time – Live.
This X-Factor musical is one of many that looks at television talent shows in the West End. Prior to this one, Viva Forever! opened in the capital last year (though it recently announced that it would be closing shortly), however I Can’t Sing! – The X Factor Musical has the backing of Simon Cowell.
I Can’t Sing! – The X Factor Musical is at the London Palladium, the current home of A Chorus Line, from Wednesday 26th March 2014 (previews from Thursday 27th February 2014).
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