Take That musical The Band has become the fastest selling theatre tour ever. The box office took £2 million within two hours when tickets for the show went on sale at midday yesterday.
The musical was launched at a rehearsed reading in front of an audience of invited guests on stage at the Manchester Apollo, where Take That first performed in 1992.
The new musical is about a group of friends for whom a boyband is everything. 25 years on, we are reunited with the women, now in their forties, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.
The Band will be played by AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Soloman, who, as Five to Five, won BBC’s Let It Shine. Playing the parts of Rachel and Young Rachel will be Rachel Lumberg and Faye Christall respectively.
The Band will be directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, designed by Jon Bausor and choreographed by Kim Gavin, with lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video design by Luke Halls and sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster. It will be produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams.