The Take That musical The Band is headed for London’s West End, with a run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket confirmed for the Christmas period. While there’s bound to be excitement among Take That fans, many have already been able to see the show as part of its UK tour, including some of the country’s theatre critics. So what do they think?
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Featuring Take That’s biggest hits, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s The Band is a hugely uplifting new musical that you’ll never forget, and it comes to London's West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in December.
The story follows a group of five young girls in the 1990s who are obsessed with a boyband who are set to rule the world. After 25 years apart, the girls reunite in Prague to see their heartthrobs one last time in what could be the greatest day of their lives. But will their newly rediscovered friendship last; are they back for good?
Tim Firth collaborates with Gary Barlow once again following the success of their last West End musical The Girls, which ran in London at the Phoenix Theatre to great critical acclaim. The Band started life with a UK tour starring Five to Five, winners of the BBC talent series Let It Shine.
Reactions from audiences across the country have been hugely positive, with reports that the musical is the fastest-selling touring production of all-time. But that’s to be expected, a musical full of so many hits is bound to keep you up all night, including “Could It Be Magic”, “The Flood”, “Greatest Day” and “A Million Love Songs”.
It isn’t the first musical to feature songs by Take That; Never Forget opened in Cardiff in July 2007, and went on to tour the United Kingdom before landing in the West End at the Savoy Theatre in May 2008 for a 6-month run.
This brand new musical will shine a new light on the songs you already love, and have you wanting to go back time and time again. Get ready for it.
Let It Shine
BBC One broadcast a Saturday night entertainment show to discover the cast for The Band will be discovered. Much like its predecessors ‘I’d Do Anything’ and ‘Any Dream Will Do’, Let It Shine found the talent to form a five-piece band who will feature in the new musical. Charisma, showmanship and stage presence are the vital ingredients Gary Barlow and his fellow band mates, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, were be looking for in contestants.
Gary Barlow says: “Back in 1989, we were just a group of normal guys from Manchester who came together to become Take That. The secret to our success was that each of us brought something different to the group and that the five of us had real chemistry. Now with Let It Shine we're looking for people from all walks of life to form another unique group who can recreate that magic. If you think you’ve got what it takes, we want to see it!”
The television show ran for 8 weeks in 2017, and was co-hosted by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc.
Set in the early ‘90s, a group of five school friends are desperate to meet their heroes, dreamy pop group The Band. 25 years later, and the group descend on Prague to turn back the years for a reunion with each other, and their favourite band who are putting on a show. The Band looks at how music shapes our lives no matter how old we are, can help us through both the best and darkest of times.
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With the announcement that the new Take That musical The Band will be coming to the West End later this year, here’s round-up of everything you need to know about the musical. What is it about? While this musical is choc-full of Take That hits, the story isn’t actually about Robbie, Jason, Howard, Mark or Gary at all. But it does centre on a fandom of a rather similar looking (and sounding) band.
The Band, the new jukebox musical featuring the music of Take That, will run at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket later this year. The musical, which has a book by Tim Firth, includes some of the band’s classic hits such as “Never Forget”, “Back for Good”, “A Million Love Songs”, “Greatest Day”, “The Flood”, “Relight My Fire”, “Shine”, and “Rule the World”. It will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 1st December 2018 to 12th January 2019, with tickets on sale from Sunday.