Simon Cowell Will Produce The X Factor Musical, Aiming for West End Debut in 2014
13 Feb 2013
Television personality and producer Simon Cowell, who created the British television reality singing competition "The X Factor," will produce a musical based on the series of the same name, which is aiming for a West End bow in spring 2014.
According to the New York Post, the musical had a recent invitation-only workshop at London's Soho Theatre, which Cowell attended and told the cast and creative team that he will invest in the project. He will co-produce with Stage Entertainment.
The budget for the musical is $16 million, and Cowell hopes to bring the work to the Palladium Theatre and eventually transfer The X Factor to New York.
The X Factor Musical features a score by Steve Brown and book by Harry Hill. Song titles include "Falling in Love With Myself," a second-act ballad for the character of judge Simon Cowell, who was played by Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music) in the workshop.
The musical will focus on a woman who comes from the trailer park, yet is "blessed with a Susan Boyle-type belt," and auditions for "The X Factor."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.