Written by BAFTA award-winning comedian HARRY HILL (3 BAFTA s, 7 British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux) with music and lyrics by STEVE BROWN (Spend, Spend, Spend; Spitting Image; TV Burp), I CAN’T SING! is co-produced by the patron saint of fame himself, SIMON COWELL.
Featuring a sidesplittingly funny original score and a host of characters who may seem oddly familiar, this brand new production will delight friends and foes of The X Factor in equal measure. Directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote; The Ladykillers) with choreography by KATE PRINCE (Into the Hoods; Some Like it Hip Hop) and set design by ES DEVLIN (designer for London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony; Take That stadium tour).
As previously announced, Olivier Award-winner NIGEL HARMAN will play X Factor supremo Simon, with CYNTHIA ERIVO (recent Evening Standard Award nominee for The Color Purple) and ALAN MORRISSEY as lovestruck contestants Chenice and Max. Joining Nigel on the judging panel will be ASHLEY KNIGHT as the ever-positive boyband manager Louis and 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. SIMON LIPKIN plays Chenice’s faithful canine sidekick Barlow and JOE SPEARE is her iron-lung bound Grandad.
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.”
Harry Hill introduced Nigel Harman as Simon for the first time on the Royal Variety Performance, as the cast performed a medley of the songs Please Simon and the title number, I CAN’T SING!
Opening at the London Palladium on WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH 2014, with previews from THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2014