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Old 15-03-2013, 21:06
Nesta Robbins
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Sooo, looks like XFactor the Musical is coming to town! Co-written by Harry Hill - the stage show has had the go ahead to open at the London Palladium, this time next year.

Harry, is funny and over the years has been involved in lots of different projects. Not many realise he's also a fairly acclaimed author and musician. I'm sure it will be well written, but I fear he may have seriously over-estimated the Nation's appetite for all things Xfactor. I personally think, the whole thing has had its day and this could flop. Hope I'm wrong. Love Harry!

What do others think?

More here.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...Palladium.html
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Old 15-03-2013, 21:13
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It won't swim or flop it will nose dive. I like Harry and all but an X Factor musical when the show is in a serious decline isn't going to help hype it up. It'll end up being like that Eurovision musical.... performing to empty crowds
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Old 15-03-2013, 21:39
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The Spice Girls' "Viva Forever" musical is also set in a singing reality show that is heavily based on The X Factor, and a lot of the jokes will probably be repeats.
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Old 15-03-2013, 22:18
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.....and don't forget the Jerry Springer musical. Not saying that Jerry! Jerry! was a singer of course, but historically, TV shows don't seem to make successful musicals!
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Old 15-03-2013, 22:55
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If it was after the lines of Ben Elton's Chart Throb novel it might survive.
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Old 15-03-2013, 23:26
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They should've gone with a stage version of Peter Kay's send up from a few years ago that actually forecast Christopher Maloney from last year.

Or even the Ben Elton book.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:46
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With the closure of Viva Forever this doesn't bode well...
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:09
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I think it might do a little better than Viva Forever, but yeah after todays announcement it doesn't seem like it will have a good west end future.....
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Old 02-05-2013, 21:23
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I don't mean to make a sweeping generalisation, but surely the type of people who watch X Factor aren't necessarily the type of people who go to the theatre? And thats where the problem lies.
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Old 02-05-2013, 22:41
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I don't mean to make a sweeping generalisation, but surely the type of people who watch X Factor aren't necessarily the type of people who go to the theatre? And thats where the problem lies.
Of course they are - the demographics of X Factor, while young for TV, are broadly in line with the UK population as a whole. And as far as recognised entertainment brands go, you can't do much better than X Factor at the moment. It's not "serious" theatre, it's a musical. It's the Mammia Mia audience they're targeting.

I think the bigger issue is that it's an original musical. And that's a really really hard sell in the West End at the moment. Like Viva Forever, there will be huge scrutiny early on so they need to be brilliant from the start or the press will kill them.

Evening Standard article on the difficulties of launching Viva Forever.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/gi...s-8600216.html
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