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I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical to close 10 May 2014
The show opened at The London Palladium on 26 Mar 2014, following previews from 5 March, and was originally taking bookings to 25 Oct 2014.
Rebecca Quigley, CEO of Stage Entertainment UK, said: "We are sad to be bringing I Can’t Sing! to a close but are immensely proud to have co-produced the show. The West End can be an unpredictable place as the closure of a number of high profile productions recently has shown." Nigel Hall, Syco Entertainment, said: "From the moment Harry Hill and Steve Brown told us their idea for I Can’t Sing we knew this was going to be a fun project. Alongside Stage Entertainment we’d like to thank the cast and crew who have worked so hard on this show. To everyone at Really Useful Theatres and the ever supportive staff at the London Palladium, and everyone involved in I Can’t Sing! I’d like to say a huge thanks and the very best of luck with their next venture."
Directed by Sean Foley, the show has music and lyrics from Steve Brown featuring 19 new songs, with book and lyrics by Harry Hill. The cast cast includes Nigel Harman (Simon Cowell), Cynthia Erivo (Chenice), Alan Morrissey (Max), Ashley Knight (Louis), Victoria Elliott (Jordy), Simon Bailey (Liam O'Deary), Billy Carter (Gerard Smalls), Simon Lipkin (Barlow), Joe Speare (Grandad), Katy Secombe (Brenda), Charlie Baker (The Hunchback), and Shaun Smith & Rowen Hawkins (Alterboyz).
I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical goes behind the microphone and under the judges’ desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter. Meet Chenice who lives in an ITV blackspot because her Grandad’s iron lung interferes with the signal in her caravan, and the only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into the audition queue with her talking dog, she starts a journey to both stardom and love. Along the way she’s joined by contestants with vastly varying degrees of ability, some judges you might well recognise and Max, a handsome ukulele playing plumber and part time eco-warrior.
The show has choreography by Kate Prince, designs by Es Devlin, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Gareth Owen, and musical supervisor is Phillip Bateman. Produced by Stage Entertainment UK and Syco Entertainment.