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Take That launch new musical

Take That launch new musical
From BBC - September 27, 2017

Take That have joined forces with Lulu to launch The Band, a musical starring the winners of the BBC's Let It Shine.

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen sang Relight My Fire with the Scottish singer at the end of Tuesday's press night at Manchester Opera House.

Written by Tim Firth and featuring Take That's music, the show tells of five female friends whose lives are shaped by their devotion to an unnamed band.

The show will embark on a UK tour after ending its Manchester run on Saturday.

Robbie Williams and Jason Orange were not on hand to see Five By Five - the boy band created by the Let It Shine talent show - sing the songs they made famous with Barlow, Donald and Owen.

Yet all five of the "Take That mums" were present for a performance which was akin to "travelling back 20 years", according to Robbie's mother Janet.

"I am blown away with it," said Gary Barlow's mum Marjorie. "I have seen it quite a few times now and it just gets better."

"I am thrilled for the boys," said Gary himself of Five By Five - individually known as AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri and Sario Solomon.

"It's amazing to watch them," Howard told the BBC's Colin Paterson. "They work so hard and you can see their bond and friendship."

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