The Band’s Sario Solomon takes our TheatreBiz Quick Quiz
After winning the BBC Talent show Let It Shine with his Five To Five band-mates, Sario Solomon has been touring the country with the brand new musical The Band. The show is spending the Christmas period at The Theatre Royal Haymarket and Sario took some time off from his preparation to answer our questions.
The Band has been so phenomenally successful on its UK tour, but how do you feel about it coming to the West End?
The tour has been such great fun! Seeing different parts of the country I never imagined I’d see at my age has been so wonderful. I’m a Londoner through and through so nothing beats performing in the West End. I’d done so as a child in Oliver! At Theatre Royal Drury Lane, but it’ll feel amazing making my professional debut as an adult at the Theatre Royal Haymarket!
Obviously the show features some stunning music from Take That, but can you tell us a bit about the story?
What people don’t realise is that The Band is not about Take That at all. It’s a beautiful story about 5 teenage girls who have a really strong bond due to their love of a boy band. Tragedy ensues and the friendship falls apart. The girls are reunited 25 years later when Rachel, perhaps the biggest fan of ‘the band,’ wins a competition on the radio to see the boys in concert as part of a reunion tour. They realise they should have never lost touch and form a bond even stronger than the one they had 25 years earlier. It’s really Take That’s thank you to their fans who have supported them every step of the way and I think it’s great that the musical is about 5 incredibly strong women and their hopes and dreams!
What’s it like singing those iconic songs every night?
Scary, nerve-racking but also a massive honour! Take That pop in to see us every now and again so you can imagine how nervous we feel when they are watching us sing their songs. I sing Shine and having Mark Owen watch me sing that from the wings is both terrifying and incredible.
Was there a particular band, which you had a real passion for as a teenager?
I loved Busted and The Ramones but I liked a pretty wide range of music when I was younger. I got to work with Busted’s James Bourne who directed a show I was in called ‘Out There,’ so that was definitely a childhood dream come true!
Why should people come and see The Band at the Theatre Royal Haymarket?
The story. Tim Firth has smashed it again. It’s such a beautiful rollercoaster of emotions. You’ll be laughing one moment and crying the next! Plus, we can’t forget the soundtrack – a back catalogue of one of the nation’s best-loved boybands. You have the added bonus of 4 attractive lads that I get to share the stage with every night, with myself thrown in for good measure. It’s such a great night out and the perfect feel good Christmas treat!
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