The stage musical based on the hit British talent competition The X Factor has been given the green light for a run at the London Palladium, reports The Daily Mail.
After two workshops, the musical—now titled X Factor—It’s Time To Face The Musical!—will open in the West End around March 2014, with casting for the show set to begin in May and rehearsals to start after Christmas.
The plot would ostensibly follow an 18-year-old girl named Chenice who lives with her grandfather, whose iron lung blocks television signals thus preventing them from having any knowledge of The X Factor. Chenice also has a dog that narrates the story to the audience “like a Greek chorus.”
As previously reported, the show will feature infamous judge Simon Cowell as a character, as well as fellow judges Louis Walsh and a new character named Geordie, a former pop singer who will be based on judges Cheryl Cole and Tulisa Contostavlos.
Directed by Sean Foley, the show features an original score by Steve Brown and a book by British comic Harry Hill, who told the Mail that “the show will at times be scathing, without being cynical.” The design team includes choreographer Kate Prince, set designer Es Devlin, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Philip Bateman.