New musical comedy I CAN'T SING! The X Factor Musical has announced the full cast ahead of its West End debut at the London Palladium next year.
As previously confirmed, Olivier Award-winner Nigel Harman will play X Factor supremo Simon Cowell, with Cynthia Erivo (recent Evening Standard Award nominee for The Color Purple) and Alan Morrissey as lovestruck contestants Chenice and Max.
On the judging panel, Ghost the Musical's Ashley Knight will play the ever-positive boyband manager Louis, alongside Victoria Elliot as pop queen Jordy. Simon Bailey will play the overly affectionate X Factor host Liam O'Deary, with Billy Carter as Executive Producer and Simon's right hand man, Gerard Smalls.
Rock of Ages' Simon Lipkin will play Chenice's faithful canine sidekick Barlow, with Joe Speare as her iron-lung granddad.
Alongside Chenice and Max, other I CAN'T SING! hopefuls include Katy Secombe (The Lyons, Guys And Dolls) as supermarket checkout chanteuse Brenda, award-winning comedian Charlie Baker as The Hunchback, and Shaun Smith and Rowen Hawkins as hyperactive Irish pop duo Alterboyz.
Harry Hill said: “I worked with a lot of our cast in the workshops for I CAN'T SING! and we have some brilliant new faces too. I'm thrilled with the acting company we have on board - and it's a coup to have Nigel Harman as Simon. He was so funny in Shrek the Musical - not so much in Downton. With the wig and teeth he looks more like Simon, than Simon.”
Completing the I CAN'T SING! cast is Luke Baker, Adam J Bernard, Jenna Boyd, Cyrus Brandon, Gabrielle Brooks, Scarlette Douglas, Kelly Ewins, Scott Garnham, Cherelle Jay, Faisal Khodaukus, Jaye Marshall, Brian McCann, Max Parker, Joseph Prouse, Steven Serlin, Kirstie Skivington, Philippa Stefani, Gary Trainor and Alex Young.
Written by Hill and Steve Brown, the brand new comedy features 19 original songs and goes behind the microphone and under the judges' desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in to the X Factor every week.
With previews from 27 February 2014. Book your I CAN'T SING! The X Factor Musical tickets today!