I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical is a new musical comedy opening at the London Palladium this February 2014. What can I say?
My first reaction was “Oh no!”, Viva Forever! all over again! Well known comedian writes huge musical turkey! I thought it was going to be dreadful, until I watched this video from the Royal Variety Show.
It looks surprisingly promising!
Harry Hill’s new show takes us behind the microphones and under the judges’ desks at the biggest show on earth, as I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical exposes the stories we never see, behind the scenes at The X Factor. However this is not biting satire, this is a very affectionate look at the triumph of hope over not just experience but also every day reality. The show invites us to step through the looking glass into TV land, where anything is possible with the right backing.
Amazingly enough the show is is co-produced by the man with the highest waistband in the UK Simon Cowell himself! Never one to miss an opportunity for brand promotion Cowell admits as much in this video:
The X Factor – Love it or Hate it?
The show is an affectionate parody of The X Factor and I suspect may well appeal to both fans and those who love to hate the show. I fall into the later category but even I was won over by the extracts I’ve seen so far.
Directed by Sean Foley, Nigel Harman (Shreck and Downton) will play Cowell with Ashley Knight and Victoria Elliot playing the other members of the X Factor panel.
Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrissey are the love interest. Both have lovely voices and get some good songs to sing.
There are also talking dogs, singing hunchbacks and supermarket checkout women, and of course an Irish boy band, Alterboyz!
“We think it is the only musical for a while with a singing hunchback, a talking dog and a man on an iron lung, but we’d have to Google that to be sure. We’re pretty certain that you won’t have seen anything like it before and it’s great that Simon is backing it 4,500 per cent”
I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical Breaks
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Prices for that break start from £109 each! Very reasonable, I think!