Last night we went to see the opening night of Greatest Days at the Palace Theatre in Manchester!
In celebration of 30 years since hitting their first number one with the single Pray and the release of their brand new hit movie of the same name this exciting new musical from Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, features the songs of Take That! Soundtracked by 15 of the band's biggest hits, Greatest Days (formerly known as The Band) recreates the sheer joy of experiencing your favourite band live!
The show stars Kym Marsh, who shot to stardom in the noughties band Hear’Say and is now best known for Coronation Street, Waterloo Road and as a presenter on the BBC’s Morning Live. The storyline for the musical follows five boy band obsessed best friends (one of them being Kym) in the 1990s, who reunite over 20 years later to see their heartthrobs one last time in what could be the Greatest Days of their life.
The 5 young good looking actors are fabulous as the singing and dancing boy band and the 5 young and subsequent 4 older groupie actresses all play brilliant comedic as well as serious parts. No special effects or elaborate set is needed as the heartwarming storyline alone is enough to keep your attention throughout arousing a mixture of emotions of nostalgia, love, loss and laughter.
There was less singing along than usually expected during the performance presumably due to previous concerns that the audience could drown out the cast but the finale allowed for dancing and singing which meant we left feeling uplifted and reminiscing.
A must for all Take That fans as well as theatre-goers wanting some lighthearted escapism.
Greatest Days is running in Manchester until 27th May before continuing it's UK tour!