New Take That Musical Heading to London?
Take That frontman Gary Barlow doesn't seem content enough with having two musicals running in the West End next year, as The Girls and Finding Neverland open in London. It has been announced that a new musical featuring the songs of Take That will open in 2017 and will tour the UK, but could London also be on the cards?
The show will be called 'The Band' and has been created in association with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald. It will be cast via a BBC1 series named 'Let it Shine', which will scour the country in the hope of finding five performers to head up the leading cast. The TV talent search marks a return to the format by the BBC who previously ran similar competitions to find Dorothy and Nancy in new West End productions of 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Oliver!'.
The new series is hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton and will see Barlow joined by guest mentors each week. Auditions will begin around the country in July and August, with filming for the series starting in September. In a casting call video, the BBC have called for people who “can sing and move as well as the original members of the group”.
The West End has previously seen a Take That musical, as Never Forget ran at the Savoy Theatre from 7 May to 15 November 2008 and featured the band's greatest hits alongside an original story.