Newcastle Theatre Royal
Until Saturday 3 June 2023
The jukebox musical featuring the hits of Take That lands in Newcastle this week. Featuring former Hear'Say member Kym Marsh and her daughter Emlie Cunliffe, this is a show that is more than emotional rollercoaster than one expects.
Jukebox musicals with the music of a single act tend to either do a story about the band or a story that has nothing to do with the band. This musical goes down a refreshing third route as the Tim Firth book explores the fans behind "The Band". In doing so it immediately presents a story that is relatable to the bulk of the audience. The are depictions of the young fans in the 90s and the grown-ups in the current day thus giving everyone watching a chance to reflect upon their own youth. Whilst not everyone in the audience is necessarily a fan of music of Gary Barlow - they will have had a teenage obsession that felt more important at the time than it does now. Tapping into the collective experience lifts the show's narrative.
|Kym Marsh as Rachel & Emilie Cunliffe as Young Rachel |
- Photo Alastair Muir
|LtoR Regan Gascoigne, Archie Durrant, |
Jamie Corner, Kalifa Burto & Alexanda O'Reilly Photo: Alastair Muir
|Photo: Alastair Muir|