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Following this weekend's conclusion of Gary Barlow and BBC One's talent search 'Let It Shine', details of the new musical The Band have been released.
The musical, which is written by Tim Firth and features the music of Take That, is set to begin rehearsals next week ahead of a world premiere at Manchester Opera House on September 8 2017.
Newly assembled band Five to Five won the talent search, providing the first cast members of the production to be announced: AJ Bentley, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg, Sario Solomon and Yazdan Qafouri.
The musical will reportedly tell the story of five 16 year old girls who are obsessed with the music of Take That. Full casting for the production as well as further details about the plot and song list are yet to be announced.
The Band will be produced by David Pugh and Dafydc Rogers, fresh from their success in opening Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's musical comedy The Girls which officially opened at the Phoenix Theatre last week. The Band will reportedly by co-directed by Jack Ryder, known to TV fans as Jamie Mitchell from 'EastEnders'.
Following the opening in Manchester, The Band will tour to Sheffield, Bradford, Southampton, Llandudno, Stoke, Cardiff, Liverpool, Norwich, Canterbury, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham, Plymouth, Northampton, Nottingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. A West End run at a yet-to-be announced theatre is said to be on the cards following the tour.
Tickets for the UK tour of The Band will go on sale at 12 noon on 3 April 2017.