Gary Barlow searching for Leeds star for musical

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TAKE THAT star Gary Barlow is searching for a “proper Northerner” to play a role in his new musical inspired by the Women’s Institute’s Calendar Girls.

The Girls, written by Barlow and Tim Firth, is based on the true story of a group of WI members from North Yorkshire who famously posed semi-nude in a charity calendar.

The writers are now looking for an actor to play the part of the 17-year-old son of Miss September in the musical, which opens in Leeds in November.

Auditions for the part of Tommo – described as “a great lad, a sportsman, good-looking, cocky and girl mad but unfortunately still a virgin” – will be held in Leeds and Manchester later this month.

Barlow and Firth said: “We want a proper Northerner to play this role and where better to look than Leeds and Manchester where there is such an enormous wealth of talent.”