Gary Barlow musical opens in Birmingham

Lto R Aj Bentley Curtis T Johns Sario Solomon Yazdan Qafouri And Nick Carsberg In The Band Credit Matt Crockett

20 years after his last show at Symphony Hall, Gary Barlow will return to Birmingham next month for two sell-out concerts. The British singer-songwriter and record producer found worldwide fame as a member of British pop group Take That - whose musical opened at Birmingham Hippodrome last night as part of a major UK tour. 

THE BAND is a new musical about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband.  For five 16 year-old friends in 1992, ‘the band’ is everything. 25 years on, we are reunited with the group of friends, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

The UK Tour went on sale on Monday 3 April nationwide, and, within the first two hours, took £2 million at the Box Office, making it the fastest selling theatre tour ever.

Director of Sales & Marketing, Richard Loftus, attended the opening night in Birmingham yesterday. THE BAND, which runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until 12 May, is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams.

Lto R Mark Owen Gary Barlow Howard Donald At The Band Launch Credit Matt Crockett 2

Gary Barlow is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written 14 Number One singles as well as being a six-time recipient of an Ivor Novello Award.  Aside from his achievements with Take That, he has also co-written and produced music for other renowned artists including Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and Robbie Williams. Gary’s last solo record Since I Saw You Last sold more than 600,000 copies and was the ninth biggest selling album that year. In more recent years, Gary has also turned his attention to the world of theatre, composing the score for the hugely successful production Finding Neverland, working alongside screenwriter Tim Firth to write the music and lyrics for musical The Girls and also working alongside his Take That band mates to produce The Band.

The Take That star will perform two sell-out shows at Symphony Hall on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June. The last time Gary played a string of venues this size, demand was so high he could have sold certain venues out six times over!