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X Factor Musical Planned for the West End?

Friday, 30th Sep 2011

Simon Cowell Could be Bringing His Television Talent Show to the Stage in Theatreland

It is the most successful television show in the country that has spawned countless spin-offs in international territories and now it could be the inspiration for a brand new West End show according to the Daily Mirror. It has been revealed that Simon Cowell has been working behind the scenes for a stage version of “The X Factor” and considering the ongoing popularity of the show it is likely that this is a project that will have people flocking to pick up Theatre Tickets.

“The X Factor” began broadcasting in 2004 and followed up a string of talent show searches such as “Pop Idol” and “Popstars”. Since then it has become a worldwide phenomenon that has seen various winners (and some runner-ups) enjoy enormously successful music careers, from Leona Lewis and Shayne Ward to Alexandra Burke and beyond. The show was originally well known for featuring Simon Cowell as one of the judges, who would famously dish out ‘nasty’ responses if the contestant was not up to scratch (he has since been replaced by Gary Barlow) and is also famous for receiving huge audience figures.

If it arrives in the West End it will not be the only show to feature a television talent show as part of the plot as “Viva Forever!”, the Spice Girls musical being penned by Jennifer Saunders, is set to feature a talent show and love story in one. That musical is being produced by the creative team of West End hit “Mamma Mia!” and producers are likely hoping for just-as, if not greater, success when ABBA is swapped with Girl Power.

Simon Cowell has reportedly been talking to both Harry Hill and music producer Steve Brown in his attempts to get “The X Factor” in the West End. There are also reports that former stars of the show could make their way to the West End version, similar to the way in which former contestants come back to perform their singles on the show.

Former news about the project is likely to emerge as the year progresses. The same is also true for “Viva Forever!”, whilst “Mamma Mia” is booking at the Prince of Wales Theatre until Saturday 20th October 2012.

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