Full casting is announced for I CAN’T SING!, the new musical comedy which opens at the London Palladium next Spring, this is ahead of a performance on the televised showing of the Royal Variety performance to be shown on 9th December.
Already announced: Olivier Award-winner Nigel Harman will play X Factor supremo Simon, with Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrissey as lovestruck contestants Chenice and Max.
Joining Nigel on the judging panel will be Ashley Knight as boyband manager Louis and Victoria Elliot as pop queen Jordy. Simon Bailey will play 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.
Together with Chenice and Max, the I CAN’T SING! wannabees include Katy Secombe as supermarket checkout chanteuse Brenda, Charlie Baker as The Hunchback and Shaun Smith and Rowen Hawkins as hyperactive Irish pop duo Alterboyz.
The I Can’t Sing! cast is completed by Luke Baker, Adam J Bernard, Jenna Boyd, Cyrus Brandon, Gabrielle Brooks, Scarlette Douglas, Kelly Ewins, Scott Garnham, Cherelle Jay, Faisal Khodaukus, Jaye Marshall, Brian McCann, Max Parker, Joseph Prouse, Steven Serlin, Kirstie Skivington, Philippa Stefani, Gary Trainor and Alex Young.
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 presented 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!, on stage at the musical’s upcoming home, the London Palladium. The performance will be part of the annual broadcast on ITV1 on Monday 9th December from 7.30pm
Written by Harry Hill and Steve Brown, the new comedy features 19 original songs and 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 to the X Factor every week.
From composer Steve Brown, with book by Harry Hill (Three BAFTAs, seven British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux) and directed by double Olivier Award winner Sean Foley, I CAN’T SING! Promises a lid-lifting theatrical roller-coaster ride behind the scenes at the mother of all singing competitions.
Friday 6th December 2013