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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 March 2007, 17:04 GMT
Take That musical to reach stage
Take That
The band recently won a Brit award for best single
Take That have had their hits turned into a stage musical, following in the footsteps of Abba and Queen.

The show, Never Forget, will tell the fictional story of a Take That tribute band and include songs such as Relight My Fire, Pray, Back for Good and Babe.

But the band have issued a statement to say they are not involved with the musical and do not endorse it.

It will visit cities including London, Manchester and Cardiff from August, with tickets on sale from Wednesday.

It comes after the real band's hugely successful comeback. Their next UK tour recently sold out in just three hours.

The new stage show has been described as a "feel-good comedy about love, friendship, ambition and betrayal".

'Creating a legacy'

Producer Tristan Baker said: "We are the biggest fans of Take That's music and we are so excited about the wonderful opportunity to create a new musical based on the fantastic catalogue of their work.

"We look forward to creating a legacy with these well-loved songs in the way that shows such as Mamma Mia! have done before."

Producers licensed the music from EMI before Take That reformed and once again began having number one hits.

A statement on the band's website said: "The band would like to state categorically that this production is being undertaken with neither their involvement nor their endorsement.

"They would wish their fans and the general public to know that this production is absolutely and 100% nothing to do with Take That."

The story was created by TV writer Danny Brocklehurst, who has worked on Shameless and Clocking Off.

Never Forget follows in the tradition of the worldwide smash hit Abba musical Mamma Mia! and the long-running Queen show We Will Rock You.

It will be staged at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Glasgow's King's Theatre, the Manchester Opera House, the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent and the Edinburgh Playhouse, before reaching London's West End.

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