THEATRE REVIEW | Calendar Girls The Musical – National Tour | THEGAYUK
★★★☆☆ | Calendar Girls The Musical When Annie's husband John dies from leukaemia at an early age, her close friend Chris, suggests that they raise funds though their Women's Institute group to purchase a comfortable sofa for the visitor's lounge in the hospital where John was treated. But Chris' plans are to forego the usual Jam and Jerusalem traditions of the organisation and to get the girls to agree to pose for a nude calendar with only WI pastimes to hide their modesty. Based on the well-known true story, Tim Firth's script vacillates between tickling the funny bone and tugging on the heart strings as it works its way to a laughter inducing denouement and a touching closing scene; but never at the expense of (if you'll pardon the pun) fleshing out the main characters and the supporting cast. Gary Barlow's accompanying music is pleasant and carries forward the narrative with a mix of the catchy and the bittersweet, with Anna Jane Casey's heart-breaking rendition of Kilimanj