Gary Barlow is making a Take That musicial

Bad news: it's going to take 5 years

Gary Barlow

by Laurence Mozafari |
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Gary Barlow has confirmed that he's working on a Take That musical and it should be ready in the next five years.

The former X Factor judge had previously turned down the chance to work on unofficial Take That show, named Never Forget. But since writing the score for Broadway show *Finding Neverland - *based on the the 2004 film about Peter Pan's author JM Barrie - Gary feels qualified to take on the task.

Speaking to* The Sun*: “The Take That musical has got to happen. I think it’s a great story. I watched *Jersey Boys* and it’s not too dissimilar to our story. I would love to get that on stage.”

“I understand it a bit better now. I think the West End, Broadway and musicals felt like a different art form and I wasn’t qualified. I didn’t know enough about it.

“But now I’ve been put in a big arena here. If given a chance to do it I would take it on now, definitely.

“We’ve got 25 years of music so the hard bit is done. I’d look to put it on a stage in the next five years.”

Gary also revealed that he was almost named Guy, after the famous gorilla at London Zoo. Yep, really.

He said: “Apparently I had a lucky escape, because she was going to call me Guy after Guy the gorilla at London Zoo, who was enormous at the time, and I was like, ‘I think I prefer Gary to Guy’.”

Guy Barlow. That kinda has a ring to it, doesn't it? Still, someone named after a great big hairy ape, doesn't really sound like they'd end up fronting a boyband.

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