It’s been revealed today that X Factor judge and Take That singer Gary Barlow is to pen a musical based on the Johnny Depp film, Finding Neverland.
He’s apparently set to team up with Americans Scott Frankel and Michael Korie to re-tell the story of Peter Pan author JM Barrie’s life on-stage.
Speaking to the Daily Star about the venture, Gary said, “This is something I’ve always wanted to do…
“I really love the story.”
And apropos of musicals, we do of course have the forthcoming X Factor musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ to look forward to, though Simon Cowell enlisted comedian Harry Hill to write it, rather than Gary…
But of course, it’s no secret that Gary and Simon don’t get on, so I guess it’s no shock that he didn’t utilize Gary’s songwriting talents for the project.
Anyway, here’s what BBC news had to say of the West End extravaganza…
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.
Here’s a reminder of Harry taking the mickey out of X Factor on his show, TV Burp…