Truth be told, this show wasn’t my first choice because – having not grown up in this country – I didn’t feel I was the best person to review it; I mainly know the biggest hits of Take That, but they were never on a poster in my room (though they were in my teen magazines).
So I owe my friend who pushed me to go an apology and a big thank you – because we had an fantastic night!
We sang along to our favourites (which I expected), I recognised some, if not all the songs (which I had hoped), we laughed (which is always good), and boy, did we cry! Yes, that was unexpected!
The show follows Rachel, Heather, Debbie, Claire and Zoe, teenagers in the 90s and obsessed with a boy band – we can all relate.
Except when something happens, and the girls lose touch, and only see each other again 25 years later when Rachel wins tickets to see the band again on their reunion tour.
The story is told through Take That songs, which are sometimes given a whole new meaning in the context of the show.
But what made this musical stand out from the many I have seen over the past year, was the combination of a fantastic production value worthy of the West End and Broadway, talented actors, and an unexpected storyline which may look superficial, but which will strike a chord and resonate with most of us.
“The Band” itself kept surprising the audience with choreographies and costume changes, but mainly with the way they were incorporated into the show, sometimes acting as background music and sometimes being at the heart of the action with fancy dress, light effects and flames.
What can I say except, GO, you are in for a treat.
P.S. You may need your phone at the end so don’t forget to bring it!
The Band runs at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday April 28.