Ever been sat watching Bake Off and thought “I wonder what this would be like if it was a musical?” Well, someone did, and now Bake Off: The Musical has become reality.
It’s currently being shown for a limited run in Cheltenham for its world premiere, but there’s tentative plans to bring it to London and elsewhere in the future.
The production will see a company of 30 actors recreate the cosy competition show, with John Owen-Jones and Rosemary Ashe playing two judges modelled after those currently judging the show (though not called such). A few official pictures from the new musical show Not-Quite-Paul Hollywood and Not-Quite-Prue Leith in action, as they sing and dance along with eight contestants to see who will be crowned Star Baker. There’s also set to be two actors playing the presenters, so expect to see Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding lookalikes too.
The bakers will be as heart-warming in character as they are on TV, and the whole thing will take place on a stage designed to look like the famous Bake Off tent. Meanwhile, it’ll have an original score written by Jake Brunger and Pippa Clearly, who’ve worked on shows like The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, and producer by Mark Groucher. Speaking on the new show, he said “We started working on the production a couple of years ago and with this talented creative team and in association with the TV show’s creator, I hope we have created a musical comedy that will win over our audiences here at the Everyman Theatre.”
The collaboration with the TV series’ creators means that iconic elements will transfer from screen to stage, like the show’s whimsical theme tune, and as many cakes, breads and rolling pins as you can reasonably expect people to dance around. The musical has been developed out of not only the show itself but also the experiences and stories of some of the contestants of the show, and how ordinary lives are transformed in the magic of the tent. The musical numbers will have fittingly baking themed names (“Something In The Dough” is one according to The Guardian), and it’ll be suitable for the whole family.
Tickets are still available for this inaugural run of the show if you can get to Cheltenham and are feeling keen for some musical baking entertainment. Official plans for a further run elsewhere have yet to be announced, but you can bet your soggy bottom dollar there’ll be one in the works. Will the musical end up being like Jerry Springer The Opera, another stage show based on a TV show? Or will it end up like the unfortunate dud of I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical? Only time, and ticket sales, will tell.