X Factor musical I Can't Sing! to hit the West End in 2014

X Factor musical I Can't Sing! to hit the West End in 2014

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Harry Hill's much-talked about X Factor musical has officially been titled I CAN'T SING! and will debut at the London Palladium from February 2014.

    The BAFTA-winning comedian described the show as an "all-singing, all-dancing, all-mickey-taking spectacular". They revealed, "We think it's also the only musical for a while with a singing hunchback, a talking dog and a man in an iron lung…but we'd have to Google that to be sure".

    Co-produced by Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment company, the new musical will feature 19 original songs by Steve Brown, who's written for Spitting Image and Hill’s TV Burp.

    Hill wrote the book and contributed lyrics. Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, Jeeves & Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense', The Play What I Wrote), who is about to make his Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) debut with A Mad World My Masters, will direct.  

    Earlier reports indicated the production was set to be called “X Factor: It's Time to Face the Musical”. But in a joint statement Hill and Brown said, "We'd been umm-ing and ahh-ing about the title for a while. Then it hit us I CAN'T SING! It also happens to be the title of one of the funniest songs in the show and we hope hints at the direction we're taking this production."

    As for Cowell's involvement, the pair added that the music mogul was "backing it 4,500%". In April 2013, Cowell attended a private work-in-progress performance, which he described as "one of the funniest things I've ever seen".

    The X Factor judges have been given the caricature treatment, with a Cowell character appearing in the show alongside Louis Walsh and combinations of other judges throughout the X Factor's history. Principal casting has been announced.

    Ready for the worlds of theatre and television to combine in spectacular fashion? The new X Factor musical comes at the London Palladium in 2014 - book your I CAN'T SING! tickets today!