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Initial casting announced for Take That musical The Band

Boyband Five to Five will star in Take That musical The Band. Photo: Jay Brooks Boyband Five to Five will star in Take That musical The Band. Photo: Jay Brooks
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Initial casting and plot details have been announced for Take That jukebox musical The Band.

Rachel Lumberg and Faye Christall will play Rachel and Young Rachel respectively. The musical starts in 1992 following five 16-year-old girls who are fans of Take That. 25 years later the friends are reunited as 40-something women hoping to meet the band.

Winners of BBC reality show Let It Shine, boyband Five to Five, will feature in the musical but will not have any spoken lines.

It is written by Tim Firth whose musical The Girls, based on Calendar Girls, is currently running in the West End with music by Gary Barlow.

Jon Bausor will design, with lighting by Patrick Woodroffe, video by Luke Halls and sound by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster.

As previously announced, Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder will direct, with David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers producing. Take That members Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen are also listed as producers, alongside former band members Robbie Williams.

Jason Orange, who left the band in 2014, is not credited as a producer.

The show will tour from September 8, starting at Manchester Opera House, with national press night on September 26. It will then play at venues including Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre and the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

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