Harry Hill and Simon Cowell's 'I Can't Sing!' Flops, Pulled After 2 Months
The music mogul can't add musicals to his mogul skills. He can't.
Simon Cowell should just stay away from The West End. The Spice Girls musical, ‘Viva Forever!’ managed 7 months on stage, and now ‘I Can’t Sing’ – written by Harry Hill and backed by Cowell – is being removed after just 2 months, or 6 weeks and 2 days, if you want to be precise.
Harry Hill taking a spin
Announcing the closure, Nigel Hall of Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment, said: "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."
A concoction of mixed reviews and poor ticket sales, like many theatre casualties, has led to this piece of unwanted news for the music mogul. The final show, which stars former EastEnders actor Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell, will be on May 10, the producers said in a statement released on Saturday night.
Rebecca Quigley, CEO of Stage Entertainment UK, said: “The West End can be an unpredictable place as the closure of a number of high profile productions has recently shown. I can’t Sing has had audience on their feet night, four and five star reviews from the critics and an amazing company and creative team, but it seems that isn’t always enough.”
She added: “To open any big musical, and particularly a brand new British musical comedy at the London Palladium is no mean feat and hundreds of dedicated people have played a part in bringing this unique and wonderful show to the stage.”
Simon Cowell should just leave The West End behind him