A brand new musical called Girls has been penned by pop superstar and Take That frontman Gary Barlow.
The musical Girls is based on the hit film and theatre play Calendar Girls and has been created in collaboration with the original screenplay writer Tim Firth. The musical is produced by the producers of the stage play David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers and has its first airing this coming weekend the 21st March at Burnsall Village Hall, Skipton in Yorkshire.
Gary Barlow is a hugely successful award-winning singer-songwriter, pianist, composer and record producer. He was also a judge on The X Factor T.V. series. Lead vocalist of pop-group Take That, Gary Barlow is one of Britain’s most celebrated songwriters, having written fourteen Number 1 singles and twenty four top 10 hits. He has had three Number 1 singles, six top 10 singles and two Number 1 albums as a solo artist and seventeen top 5 hits, twelve Number 1 singles and seven Number 1 albums with Take That, selling over 50 million records worldwide.
Playwright Tim Firth wrote the hit comedy play Neville’s Island before adapting his own film Calendar Girls into a successful stage play in 2008. Calendar Girls broke the all time British box office record for a play. Tim Firth’s first musical, ‘This is My Family’ premiered in Sheffield in 2013.
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical Girls is adapted from the 2003 comedy film based on a true story of a Woman’s Institute group in Yorkshire who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research. The film starred acclaimed actresses Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, and Geraldine James.
The story centres around Annie Clarke whose husband John has died prematurely from leukaemia. Annie’s close friend Chris is anxious to purchase a comfortable sofa for the visitors’ lounge in the hospital where he was treated. In order to raise funds they come up with the unique idea of printing a calendar featuring some members of the local branch of the Women’s Institute discreetly posing nude while engaged in traditional W.I. activities.
The idea is initially met with great scepticism, but eventually Annie convinces ten women to participate in the calendar. She enlists one of the hospital workers, Lawrence, an amateur photographer to take the pictures. However, Annie and Chris have to battle the head of the local Women’s Institute branch who refuses to sanction the calendar. The ensuing heart-warming story follows the womens crusade and new found celebrity status with all the tensions that brings within the group.
Calendar Girls is real feel-good story and the musical Girls promises to be a real success and is sure to be West End bound.
Tickets for Girls the musical will be available from www.showsinlondon.co.uk