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Harry Hill names X Factor musical

Harry Hill and Simon Cowell
Image caption Hill said it was "great" that Cowell (right) was backing the musical "4500%"

The forthcoming X Factor musical written by comedian Harry Hill has been titled I Can't Sing! and will open at the London Palladium in March 2014.

Hill described it as an "all singing, all dancing, all mickey-taking spectacular".

The musical features 19 original songs by Steve Brown, whose TV work includes Spitting Image and Hill's TV Burp.

It is a joint venture between Stage Entertainment and Simon Cowell's company Syco Entertainment.

"We'd been umm-ing and ahh-ing about the title for a while… then it hit us… I Can't Sing!" said Hill and Brown in a statement.

"It also happens to be the title of one of the funniest songs in the show and we hope hints at the direction we're taking this production.

"We're pretty certain that you won't have seen anything like it before and it's great that Simon is backing it 4500%."

Casting has yet to be announced.

According to its producers, the musical will go "behind the microphone and under the judges' desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in every week".

It will be directed by Sean Foley, whose West End credits include the recent productions of The Ladykillers and What the Butler Saw.

I Can't Sing! will open at the London Palladium will begin previews on 27 February with an opening night scheduled for 26 March.

The X Factor was created by Cowell and launched on ITV in 2004. Acts that have emerged from the show include One Direction and Leona Lewis.

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