View Comments The West End’s new musical comedy and fictional X Factor spoof I Can’t Sing! has delayed previews due to technical issues. Previously scheduled to begin performances at the London Palladium February 27, the show, starring Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman, Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrisey, will now start on March 1. Opening night remains set for March 26. Along with Harman, Ervio and Morrisey, the show will also star Ashley Knight, Victoria Elliot, Simon Bailey and Billy Carter. Directed by Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! features music by Steve Brown and a book and additional lyrics by British comic Harry Hill. The production tells the story of Chenice (Erivo), who lives in an ITV blackspot because her grandad’s iron lung interferes with the signal in her caravan—she’s the only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into an audition with her talking dog, she starts a journey to both stardom and love. I Can’t Sing! goes beyond 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.
President David Granger will be the first Head of State to initiate dialogue with President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump as part of a multination bloc.The President made the disclosure this past week when he met with journalists for his weekly televised programme, “The Public Interest”.Speaking on the Donald Trump Presidency and its effect on the Caribbean Community (Caricom)—of which he will assume the chairmanship shortly—the President at the time said it, “means a lot and it means a little.”Explaining his position, Granger noted that over the past two decades, Caricom has been engaging US Presidents, among them George Bush, Bill Clinton and more recently, Barack Obama.Granger said he is confident that Caricom will in similar fashion be engaging the Donald Trump administration.The President has since disclosed that when he assumes Chair of Caricom early in the coming year, he will be looking to initiate talks with the Donald Trump administration on behalf of the region.President David GrangerHe was quick to point out that even though the US Government will effectively be a new administration; there remains continuity through the numerous partnerships in the region, such as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.Granger said that he is confident there will be no significant shifts in the US’ policy towards the Caribbean and has in fact encouraged the incoming President-elect to continue with those initiatives implemented by his predecessors Clinton and Obama.US President-elect Donald TrumpPresident Granger also used the occasion to downplay the possible mass re-migration of Caribbean and Guyanese nationals as a result of the rhetoric associated with the US President-elect.In fact, the President said he has in recent times been looking to woo members of the diaspora to return to Guyana: “I wish some of them would return and help to develop the country.”He pointed to the fact that many Guyanese living in the USA would have over time, accumulated some level of capital, improved qualifications and experience, all of which would benefit not only Guyana, but the region as a whole.Granger said he is optimistic that over time, as Trump continues to receive advice and prepares for his presidency, some of his hard-line views would be modified.The President said he was not in any way worried that a Donald Trump Presidency will be harmful to Guyana and Caricom: “No I am not afraid that any action he will take will be harmful to Guyana, he is a businessman, he is a tycoon, a magnate,” the President observed, saying, “if he can help to stimulate business in Caribbean and Guyana I am for it.”Granger said he would in fact like to see more US and North American Investors coming to Guyana to assist with its green energy programme, mining and manufacturing, among other sectors: “If that is the type of businessman he is, I would welcome investment from the United States.”