This show is a nostalgic journey for anyone who grew up loving a boyband.
It opens with 16-year-old Rachel (Faye Christall) explaining her love for “The Band”, as her older self (Rachel Lumberg) looks on. The band comes to life in her bedroom as she gets ready for school.
The band, AJ Bentley, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri, Sario Solomon and Harry Fabulous Brown taking the place of Nick Carsberg in this performance really steal every scene in which they appear. They sing and dance with the energy of an early Take That and they’re now gaining fans through their performances in this show . They sing amongst others, Promises, Could it Be Magic and The Flood and get everyone in the audience singing along .
Rachel and her four school friends Debbie, Claire, Zoe, and a very confident Heather, hatch a plan to see the band in concert with plenty of laughs along the way then tragedy strikes.
It breaks the friendship and ties between the friends until they are reunited some 25 years later bringing with it all the emotions once again. Alison Fitzjohn wins the audience over from the dramatic moment she steps out on stage as the older version of once athletic Claire. However every cast member is worthy of mention.
The creative staging that Take That fans have come to expect in their live shows is in evidence throughout. The Band is a show that celebrates how music soundtracks our lives and no doubt brings back memories while making plenty of new ones for fans too. It is witty and sad at times, a must see show.
Tickets for The Band are now available from the Regent Theatre Box Office, online at www.atgtickets.com/stoke or via phone 0844 871 7649.