I Can’t Sing – The X Factor musical, has found the judges who will sit alongside Nigel Harman’s high-trousered Simon when the show opens at the London Palladium next year.
Ghost The Musical’s Ashley Knight will play the perennially positive Louis with Hebburn star Victoria Elliott playing pop queen Jordy. Simon Bailey, who boasts London stage credits including The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables and Passion, takes on the role of the show’s friendly host Liam O’Deary.
Fresh from Rock Of Ages, Simon Lipkin joins I Can’t Sing to play Barlow, the doggy sidekick of contestant Chenice, who will be played by the previously announced Cynthia Erivo. Joe Speare, who starred opposite Erivo in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of The Color Purple, teams up with her again in I Can’t Sing to play her iron-lung bound Grandad.
Among the London regulars playing contestants in the show that takes a cheeky look at the television phenomenon that has brought us Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke, are Katy Secombe, Charlie Baker, Shaun Smith and Rowen Hawkins.
Written by Harry Hill, with music by the comedian’s TV Burp collaborator Steve Brown, I Can’t Sing follows Chenice as she feels her way through the UK’s favourite Saturday night talent contest.