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The Girls – If you’re going to see one musical this year, it has to be Barlow’s!

| Theatre | 06/03/2017

Claire Machin, Sophie-Louise Dann, Joanna Riding, Claire Moore and Debbie Chazen in The Girls
Claire Machin, Sophie-Louise Dann, Joanna Riding, Claire Moore and Debbie Chazen in The Girls

Hotly anticipated musical The Girls is now being performed at Phoenix Theatre until July 2017.  Based on the hit 2003 film Calendar Girls, Tim Firth (who wrote the film) and national treasure Gary Barlow have joined forces to return this heart-warming story to the stage.  In doing so, as Shannon Rawlins writes below, they have produced the best British musical since Billy Elliot.

Film, play, musical – Phoenix Theatre’s brand new production The Girls has been on quite the journey.  Now, in the heart of the West End, you can hear sung the true tale of a Yorkshire Women’s Institute group’s fundraising efforts of producing a nude calendar to raise money for a memorial sofa.

With a superb cast, the characters are brought to life well, with Joanna Riding’s Annie and Claire Moore’s Chris at the heart of the musical.  Both West End veterans, the actresses provide such crucial chemistry between the two main characters, filled with laughter and tears.  The supporting cast are equally brilliant: Debbie Chazen, Claire Machin, Sophie-Louise Dann and Michelle Dotrice are hugely entertaining and hold their own throughout the show.

The songs connect with the audience well (the beautifully written lyrics of Annie’s ballad Scarborough tell the story of what life would be like if her husband wasn’t there) and the set design transports the spectators into the Yorkshire Dales, through the use of a few green painted cabinets and astonishing lighting.

Overall, The Girls is a charming, humorous, heart-rendering and inspiring show.  The story relates to its audience brilliantly, through a two-hour emotional rollercoaster ride, culminating in a warm finish with plenty of ass, but no front bottoms.  Gary Barlow joining forces with Tim Firth has resulted in the best British musical since Billy Elliot.

The Girls has been extended until July 2017.

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