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In February 2017, Gary Barlow will make his West End debut with the new musical The Girls - not on the stage, mind you, but as the musical’s composer. The famous songwriter known for his work with the hugely successful pop group Take That has spent the last 5 years writing songs for a musical based on the film Calendar Girls and will finally see it take its place in the West End in the New Year, officially opening on 21st February at the Phoenix Theatre.
But this will not be the first Gary Barlow musical to grace the stage – in April 2015, a musical of the film Finding Neverland opened on Broadway with music by the pop star in collaboration with Eliot Kennedy, who he had previously written a number of pop songs with. Barlow was coaxed into writing songs for the show by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2013, and the production made its debut at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the summer of 2014. And so the Gary Barlow musical journey began.
Whilst Finding Neverland is believed to be opening in the West End in 2017, The Girls will pip it to the post, with tickets currently on sale for its initial run. But Gary Barlow has well and truly caught the musical bug - in the New Year a new BBC1 talent show titled Let It Shine will search for stars to lead a stage production based around the songs of Take That, with Gary Barlow acting as a judge, helped by Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and Amber Riley. The show, believed to be called The Band, will tour the UK in 2017 before arriving in the West End, giving people all over the country the Gary Barlow musical experience.
And if that wasn’t enough, Barlow is rumoured to be working on a musical version of the beloved novel Around The World in 80 Days, again collaborating with Eliot Kennedy with the project being overseen by Harvey Weinstein. Whether this will be a stage production or a Hollywood film is yet to be determined, but one thing’s for sure – the theatre scene looks set to be loaded with Gary Barlow musical productions for the foreseeable future!