The new musical based on the X Factor, I Can’t Sing! will feature Nigel Harman in the show.
Nigel Harman has been cast to play a fictional version of Simon Cowell in new West End show I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical, which previews at the London Palladium from 27 February 2014 and opens on 26 March 2014.
Cowell told Baz in the Daily Mail today that: “The hardest thing was: how do you find someone who’s good-looking, talented and can look like me?… And then we found Nigel!”
Nigel Harman’s most recent West End run was as Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, for which he won an Olivier Award. Other West End credits for Harman include A Chorus of Disapproval, Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia! and Tommy. He is most famous to UK audiences for his role in EastEnders, and he is slated to appear in Downton Abbey’s new series.
The show’s star roles go to rising young stars Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrissey, who will play Chenice and Max, two lovestruck hopefuls on the talent show. the young singer who is at the heart of the show. Cynthia Erivo is currently featuring in The Color Purple at the Menier Chocolate Factory and has appeared in the UK tour of Sister Act. Alan Morrissey has worked at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and Bristol Old Vic, with TV credits including playing Nurse Nicky Van Barr in Holby City.
The show is getting good word-of-mouth based on the strong creative team that has been pulled together, including music and lyrics by award-winning composer Steve Brown, book and lyrics by TV’s Harry Hill, choregoraphy by Zoonation’s Kate Prince, Take That and Pet Shop Boys designer Es Devlin and direction by Sean Foley (The Ladykillers).