The highly anticipated X factor musical is to be entitled I Can’t Sing! and will begin previews at the London Palladium next February, with tickets going on sale tomorrow.
Written by comedian Harry Hill and directed by Olivier Award winner Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! – The X Factor Musical will begin previews at the iconic venue on 27 February before opening to the press on 26 March.
Featuring 19 original songs by Hill and Spend Spend Spend’s Steve Brown, the musical goes behind the microphone and under the judges’ desk to reveal the story of heartache and laughter that continues to attract millions of viewers every week.
Talking about its title, which sets the tone for the talent show-inspired production that claims to offer “an affectionate poke” at the popular ITV series, 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.”
Maintaining their mocking attitude towards the Simon Cowell-created TV talent contest, the duo continued: “We’re thrilled to be bringing this all singing, all dancing, all mickey-taking spectacular to the home of entertainment itself, the London Palladium. We’re pretty certain that you won’t have seen anything like it before and it’s great that Simon is backing it 4500%… Roll on March 2014!”
I Can’t Sing! – The X Factor Musical, which features choreography by ZooNation’s Kate Prince, designs by Olivier Award-winning designer Es Devlin and lighting design by Jon Clark, will open following current West End hit A Chorus Line, which is currently booking to 13 July.