Gary Barlow’s The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre
The Phoenix Theatre has only recently said goodbye to the popular production of Guys and Dolls, which starred names like Nigel Lindsay, Rebel Wilson and Oliver Tompsett during the course of its run, and will soon welcome its replacement shows The Last Tango. But come January the West End venue will be welcoming another high profile musical with some big names working to bring it to fruition.
The Girls is a new musical from Gary Barlow and Tim Firth that already found success in Leeds and Salford and proved to be popular in both locations. It now comes to the West End with a large cast of performers ready to take on the lead roles, from Sophie-Louise Dann to Claire Machin, Debbie Chazen and Joanna Riding. Meanwhile, Tim Firth will direct.
The story of The Girls revisits the one told in the popular Calendar Girls as we travel to Yorkshire and focus on a group of women who wish to make some money that will help with efforts at a local hospital. The real life tale demonstrates how they raise the money by posing nude for a calendar for the Women’s Institute, a feat that allowed them to raise millions of pounds.
This tried and test story will gain a new lease of life in the hands of Gary Barlow, who will provide the songs for the show alongside Firth. Barlow is well known worldwide for his work in the pop charts, penning numerous hits over the years and performing as both a solo artist and as a member of the monumentally successful Take That. He is also responsible for the musical based on Finding Neverland, which has been seen on Broadway.
The assembled cast has a wealth of credits between them and the story is one that has captured audiences imaginations, ensuring this will be a must-see show in 2017. The production will also provide funds to Bloodwise, the charity that the real life calendar girls supported as well.
The Girls opens at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre in January following the closure of The Last Tango, the final production of Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, which closes in December.