With Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine TV talent search now over, work has already begun on preparing the star’s latest foray into musical theatre which is expected to make its debut at the end of August.
The fast turnaround means rehearsals have already begun for the stage show The Band, which will feature the winners of the Saturday night BBC TV show performing 14 Take That tracks.
While the search for the five male singers who would play ‘The Band’ on stage was the focus of small screen attention, the team behind the stage show were assembling the group of female actresses who would take on the leading roles in the musical.
Unveiling details of the show which has been written by Tim Firth, Barlow’s writing partner in his most recent critically acclaimed foray into musical theatre, The Girls, the singer songwriter revealed The Band is actually the story of five 16-year-old girls whose story is played out to the soundtrack of Take That.
Co-directed by former EastEnder Jack Ryder, the show will reunite Barlow and Firth with producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, the team behind The Girls.
Barlow who led the judging panel on the eight-week televised talent show which culminated in the casting of boyband Five To Five (AJ Bentley, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg, Sario Solomon and Yazdan Qafouri), revealed the show would begin its debut UK tour at the Manchester Opera House in September.
The Mamma Mia! style musical is lined up to tour across the UK until July next year ahead of a move into an, as yet unconfirmed, West End theatre.
With tickets going on sale from 12 noon on Monday 3 April, the producers have announced the first confirmed tour dates: Manchester Opera House (8-30 September); Sheffield Lyceum (3-14 October); Bradford Alhambra (17-28 October); Southampton Mayflower (31 October-11 November); Llandudno Venue Cymru (14-25 November); Stoke Regent Theatre (28 November-9 December); Cardiff Millennium Centre (9-20 January 2018); Liverpool Empire (23 January-3 February); Norwich Theatre Royal (6-17 February); Canterbury Marlowe Theatre (20 February-3 March); Hull New Theatre (6-17 March); Leeds Grand Theatre (20-31 March); Newcastle Theatre Royal (3-14 April); Bristol Hippodrome (17-28 April); Birmingham Hippodrome(1-12 May); Plymouth Theatre Royal (15-26 May); Northampton Royal & Derngate (29 May-9 June); Nottingham Theatre Royal (12-23 June); Glasgow King’s Theatre (26 June-7 July); and Edinburgh Playhouse (10 – 14 July).