Take That Musical Never Forget Announces London Dates

News   Take That Musical Never Forget Announces London Dates The latest in the long series of musicals featuring a pop group's back catalogue of songs will arrive in the West End when Never Forget — based on the boy band Take That — arrives at London's Savoy Theatre May 7, 2008.

The show, which received its world premiere at Cardiff’s Millenium Centre on July 20 before embarking on a regional tour, officially opens in London on May 22.

It is thought that the five-strong lead cast will remain the same: Dean Chisnall (The Woman in White, Evita); Craige Els (Spamalot), Eaton James (Miss Saigon and Les Miserables), Stephanie Anelli (Saturday Night Fever) and Belgian performer Tim Driesdan, who has a boy-band past with Belgian group The Bubbles, described as that country's equivalent of S Club 7. More recent credits include Bat Boy and Mamma Mia!.

Last March Take That issued a statement lambasting plans for the musical based on their songs that was made without their knowledge.

Featuring a book by television writer Danny Brocklehurst ("Shameless" and "Clocking Off"), Never Forget is described as a "feel-good comedy" and follows the story of a fictional Take That tribute band.

Record label EMI reportedly licensed the songs to producers Tristan Baker and Bronia Buchanan in 2005. Take That's statement said, "The band would like to state categorically that this production is being undertaken with neither their involvement nor their endorsement. They would wish their fans and the public to know that this production is absolutely and 100 per cent nothing to do with Take That." According to the show's producers, Ed Curtis' production boasts technology "never before seen on the West End stage." The show features a moving curtain of rain, which floods the entire stage and a 10-foot high, 28-foot wide wall of fire.

For more on Never Forget, call (0)0870 164 8787.

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