The title of the highly anticipated X Factor musical has finally been announced as I Can’t Sing and proves that good old Simon Cowell doesn’t mind having a laugh. Plus, you can now get tickets to see the show next year.
Created by Harry Hill and Steve Brown, the show will open at the London Palladium on Wednesday 26th March 2014, with previews from Thursday 27th February.
The brand new comedy, featuring 19 original songs goes on sale to groups today. All preview tickets for the show have now also been released to the general public and can be purchased through SEE Tickets and at the Palladium Box Office. Preview tickets are on sale at a reduced rate and with no booking fee.
Harry Hill (pictured right) and Steve 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. We think it’s also the only musical for a while with a singing hunchback, a talking dog and a man on an iron lung…but we’d have to Google that to be sure.
“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!”
What’s it all about then?
I Can’t Sing! 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 every week. In turn irreverent, anarchic and strangely touching the show is hoping to be an affectionate poke at the world’s most talked about talent show and something that will please friends and foes of The X Factor in equal measure.Music and lyrics are from Steve Brown (Evening
Standard and Critics Circle Best Musical award winner for Spend Spend Spend); book and lyrics by Harry Hill (Three BAFTAs, seven British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux); and the show is to be directed by double Olivier Award winner Sean Foley.
The X Factor launched in 2004 in the UK airing on ITV1 with the 2010 final achieving a peak of 21.2 million viewers. The 2011 final, held at Wembley Arena in front of a live audience of 12,000, was the most watched entertainment TV show of the year. The winner of 2012’s X Factor, James Arthur, has sold more than a million copies of his debut single Impossible, making it the fastest selling single of last year. Other artists to emerge from The X Factor include the world’s biggest pop group One Direction and Leona Lewis, who has sold more than 20 million records to date.