A round-up of reviews for I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical at the London Palladium
The reviews are in for Harry Hill’s musical comedy I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical – a bonkers night at the theatre!
And the general consensus is that it went down well with London’s theatre critics, giving the show an X Factor thumbs-up!
The Mirror’s Rod McPhee was particularly thrilled by the show, giving it Five Stars.
There is much sending up of Simon Cowell in the show, with the Mail commenting that the character played by Nigel Harman was “much like the real thing: vain and viperous to the power of camp”.
The show’s zany – often downright surreal humour – from Harry Hill was often praised by the critics. The Times gave the show Four Stars, with Dominic Maxwell saying that the show “boasts some glorious gags and several delectably silly set pieces”, although it lacked the satirical edge of shows such as The Book of Mormon to sustain it through some of the script’s bum notes, but that “the irreverence grows infectious”.
Charles Spencer in the Telegraph called the show “wildly eccentric and often wonderfully funny” and that it had a “warmth about it… a big popular hit blessed with real heart and great theatrical panache”.
Michael Billington in the Guardian was one of the critics who wasn’t entirely sure about the show, saying that its closeness to Cowell meant it lacked a killer blow: “I fail to see the point of a show that doesn’t know whether it wants to excoriate The X Factor or boost its TV ratings”.
But overall the show has been a hit with critics.
Penned by Harry Hill, with music and lyrics by Steve Brown, I CAN’T SING! The X Factor Musical is directed by Sean Foley, choreographed by Kate Prince and designed by Es Devlin. The show stars
Cynthia Erivo, Alan Morrissey, Nigel Harman, Ashley Knight and Victoria Elliot.