They really could sing!


Curtain callI was lucky enough to have been invited to the last night of the musical I Can't Sing!

It was a shock to everyone, including the cast, that the show's last curtain call would be on Saturday the 10th May – less than 9 months after its press night on 2nd September 2013.

It's always a treat to be enjoying the surroundings of the London Palladium theatre. It's such a beautiful theatre and I was there recently to enjoy the smash hit A Chorus Line.


I Can't Sing certainly deserved its place at the London Palladium. The reviews were fantastic and the cast received standing ovations night after night.

Harry Hill thanks the cast and crewIn December 2012 Harry Hill announced he was working on a musical based on talent show The X Factor. It had two workshops in March 2013 and opened in September 2014. It was originally going to be called It's Time to Face the Musical. It cost over 6 million to produce and trust me there was no expense spared. The costume and sets were lavish.




People parodied in the show are Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Dermot O'Leary.

Nigel Harman I have seen in many musicals and he's truly a West End talent. He was a fantastic Simon Cowell. His comedy talent is magnificent. Just brilliant.

Harry Hill takes an audience pictureThe two young leads Max and Chenice were brilliantly played by Alan Morrissey and Cynthia Erivo.
So sad to see tears on the curtain call but they won't be out of work for too long I am sure. Such great young talent that can only be admired by every West End producer.




Cheryl Cole's role was called Jordy and played by Victoria Elliot. Her West End debut will make her a West End babe without a doubt! I was actually crying with laughter at one point…she really made Jordy her own.

Simon Bailey's Dermot O'Leary…well he was Dermot O'Leary…scary!

My favourite number was Nigel Harman's Fabulous, music by Harry Hill and Steve Brown.
Other great songs included Please Simon and Falling in Love with Myself.

Other superb characters were the Wind Sounds – bizarre, I know, but so funny.

It was a great night with voices and talent that rocked the West End all night.

Always a smile from Harry Hill - even if it's a very sad nightHarry Hill was present for the last show – always with a smile, even on such a sad night – and he made a speech at the end of the show thanking everyone dearly. Like us and the cast, he was truly wondering why such a great show had had such a short stay in the West End. It should have run and run. Bizarrely I am not a huge X Factor fan, but thought it was one of the best shows I ever seen. It was of the moment and I am so thrilled I went to the last night as it would have been such a shame to know I had missed a great night in theatre history.



Cynthia Ervio who played Chenice, shedding a few tearsLittle boy from the audience that got to go onstage


Cynthia shed a few tears at the curtain call as did many of the cast and a young boy from the audience decided to go up on stage as all the crew front and back of house were called up. He thought he would join them. He was adorable and it was so funny as his mum tried to literally pull him down. The cast were so kind and he stayed up there until the final goodbye. I manged to get pictures for you.



The next two shows on my list are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Book of Mormons.
What's your favourite musical?

Lots of love



  1. Miss C Richardson May 21, 2014 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    I know you will be presenting a Bronzo Italia show soon. I did send an email to the programme planners but wanted to send it to you, Craig and Debbie as well, so you could assist too.
    Thank you for the choice of sizes in earrings and necklaces. With necklaces, the presenters do put on comparison lengths together. Please can one person wear a different size in each ear with a camera shot from the front so that the buyer can get a truer idea of proportion. As earrings are often curved, the length measurement does not show how far down the face the earring hangs. Is this possible to do?
    Many thanks

  2. Beth Morton May 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    Your enthusiasm and thorough enjoyment of this musical literally shines out. I am really pleased to hear you had such a great time – it did have such good reviews that it is a shame it’s stopped so soon. What a lovely photo you took – I’m glad they allowed this lad to take it all in and to savour the moment.
    I haven’t actually seen many musicals but I did enjoy Les Miserables and Cats. I also liked Mamma Mia. The Book of Mormon has had fab reviews and I heard the main actors being interviewed on the radio by Mike Read a few months ago – to say, these guys are quick witted and highly intelligent could almost be an understatement! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favourite books as a child – I read it several times! – so with such a wonderful and clever story, I look forward to your thoughts on it.
    Lots of love,
    Beth XXX

  3. Linda Binns May 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    Great pics.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Looks like you’ve been having fun.
    It’s not easy to choose a favourite musical as they all transport you to a wonderful place, but “The Lion King” and “Stomp” are amazing. Music is such a marvellous tonic, especially live, and with all the fabulous costumes and sets, you cannot help but marvel at the talent of the people who put it all together.
    Hurrah for them!
    Love, Linda. xxx

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