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Gary Barlow is 'too much of a diva' for a musical role

Gary Barlow has a great deal of respect for the cast of his West End musical, The Girls.

Gary Barlow is “too much of a diva” to have a starring role in a West End musical.

The Take That singer may have penned new stage production The Girls, which just scooped a WhatsOnStage Award and received a standing ovation during Monday’s (20Feb17) opening night, but treading the boards has never been a dream of his.

“I’m not good at that, I swear,” he quipped to British paper the Metro. “Look at our cast, they do the show eight times a week! That is incredible.

“I have total respect, but it isn’t for me, I’m too much of a diva.”

Instead the 46-year-old feels most at home on stage with his bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald. The trio will soon be touring the U.K. and Ireland to perform Take That’s upcoming Wonderland Live 2017 Tour, which kicks off in Birmingham on 5 May (17) and ends on 16 June in Norwich.

The Girls is based on 2003 movie Calendar Girls, about the real-life tale of the Women’s Institute in Yorkshire raising money for Leukaemia Research by posing naked for a charity calendar. Gary, who also helped pen smash hit Broadway show Finding Neverland, wrote the musical with his school pal and Calendar Girls scriptwriter Tim Firth.

“I didn’t watch any musicals to prepare. Tim instructed me to just go from the heart and stick to what I do best and not become a West End writer,” Gary told London’s Evening Standard.

“This is a very Northern show, this is kind of my childhood, the village is where I grew up and those women are like our mothers. It’s great hearing all the slang we used to say on the playground at school.”

Gary is also in the process of looking for actors to star in his next musical The Band, based around Take That’s songs, on British Saturday night talent show Let it Shine.

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