Piano Player Gary Barlow To Pen Musical
Pianist and Take That star Gary Barlow is to write a new musical based on The Calendar Girls,he has revealed. The singer-songwriter’s project tells the story of eleven members of the WI in Rylstone, North Yorkshire, who posed nude for a charity calendar in 1999. Their efforts inspired a hit movie, starring Julie Walters and Helen Mirren, and a stage show. The musical is being backed by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.
Gary Verity, chief executive of the organisation, said: “To have someone of Gary Barlow’s calibre working on a Yorkshire musical is amazing and I am sure, like the Calendar Girls film and the stage play, this musical will be a huge success.” The original calendar featured the women posing nude behind baked goods and flower arrangements.
It was inspired by the death of Angela Baker’s husband, John, from non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1998. Details of Barlow’s new project were revealed by Welcome to Yorkshire as part of a raft of promotional events across the region, including the announcement of the 16 teams taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.