I was invited to see I Can’t Sing the musical by lastminute.com. But what I didn’t know was they would be taking me to the star studded opening night! Simon Cowell was there, along with Louis Walsh, yet Cheryl Cole and Dermot O’Leary (who inspired two of the characters) didn’t attend.
In fact, Dermot’s character, Liam O’Dreary is the best thing in this. He has Dermot down to a T. Every head wobble, sigh, hug. He does it perfectly. Even the husky voice.
Nigel Harman plays Simon Cowell, and Simon really let them take the mick out of him. His baby, wife stealing and of course, the high trousers.
My favourite West End actor Simon Lipkin was also in it and went back to his puppet days as Barlow the dog. He was entertaining as always.
The musical itself is really funny, but also the most random thing I have seen on a stage. Don’t expect your usual love story style musical, nor the most obvious ending, because let me tell you, you won’t see the ending coming. The first half introduces Simon briefly, but mainly focuses on the contestants and their back stories. The judges don’t make their way to the stage until the second half. I would have liked to see a bit more X Factor in the first half, but it was funny none the less.
An Irish singing duo, clearly supposed to be Jedward, called Alterboys had every Irish stereotype thrown into it, including dancing leprechauns.
lastminute.com also gave me a goody bag with some lovely chocolate. You can book your tickets now to see I Can’t Sing here.
Check out Simon’s fabulous speech below.
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