If you’re a fan of Take That, Britain’s most successful boy band of all time, then Tuesday, March 5 could just be the Greatest Day for you.
It’s opening night at Milton Keynes Theatre of The Band, which, while the show is not about Take That, uses their music, including the songs Never Forget, Shine, Back for Good, Rule the World and, of course, Greatest Day, as a soundtrack to the story.
If you watched the BBC’s Let It Shine, Five to Five, then you’ll know that, out of thousands who originally applied to take part, five boys won through four gruelling rounds of a competition to become ‘the band’ who feature in the show that is currently touring the UK and Ireland.
But the story is really about five 16 year old girls who, as best of friends back in 1993, bonded in their devotion to ‘the band’. Now, 25 years on, they are 40-something women who, reunited, try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes. But a lot can happen in 25 years. Life, as another singer/songwriter and all round music hero once said, is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans…
Gary Barlow, Take That lead singer and co-producer of the show says: “I think that friendship really resonates with people. If you sat us down then we’d all say that friendship is what is at the heart of Take That. It has kept our work strong; we’ve been a gang. The Band is about the relationships really, not the music. You don’t need to be an avid fan, but Tim Firth, the writer, has so cleverly woven our music into a parallel universe. Whenever I see it I leave happy.” And if Gary’s happy – and the critics agree with him - then what’s not to like?
Directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, designed by Jon Bausor and choreographed by Kim Gavin, The Band is produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams.
The musical stars Rachel Lumberg, Alison Fitzjohn, Emily Joyce and Jayne McKenna with AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri and Sario Solomon as The Band.
Performances: Tue 5 Mar – Sat 9 Mar
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