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  • Calendar Girls The Musical is well worth putting in the diary to go and see

    Henry James

    CALENDAR Girls, the hit 2003 film which was based on a true story, has now been made into a musical and it is currently touring across the country.

    The show, which can be seen at the Liverpool Empire until this Saturday (December 1), has music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and a book by Tim Firth, who was behind the original stage play, which is one of the most performed play in amateur theatre history.

    In the musical, the ladies, who are all members of the Women’s Institute, decide to discretely pose nude for a calendar to raise money for charity after one of their husbands dies from leukaemia. The road to achieving their goal is not easy and they have to break some conventions along the way.

    The songs are catchy and standout tunes include: Yorkshire and Dare. Gary Barlow’s influence in the music is noticeable.

    There is a strong cast in the touring production with appearances by Fern Britton, Ruth Madoc and Denise Welch. It is obvious that the cast are enjoying being involved in this show.

    Comedy is a strong element in the show as well and Sara Crowe as Ruth provided some amusing scenes, among these includes her singing of My Russian Friend and I. People may remember Sara from the Philadelphia adverts in the 1990s.

    The famous calendar shots are recreated in the second half. The scenes brought the house down on the night that I went.

    There are some good sets too depicting the countryside of Yorkshire where the action is set.

    The musical shows what can be achieved when people work together towards a shared goal. 8/10

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