Cheryl catches the eye in a flowy orange jumpsuit as she and Nicola Roberts support their former Girls Aloud bandmate Kimberley Walsh at Big The Musical's gala performance

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She's maintained close relationships with her former Girls Aloud co-members since their disbandment in March 2013.

And Cheryl and her pal Nicola Roberts threw their support behind their former bandmate Kimberely Walsh as they attended Big The Musical's gala performance in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK at the Dominion Theatre in London on Tuesday evening.

The Love Made Me Do It hitmaker, 36, exuded confidence as she arrived at the venue in a flowy orange jumpsuit, complete with a drawstring belt to highlight her incredible physique. 

What friends are for: Cheryl threw their support behind Kimberely Walsh as they attended Big The Musical's gala performance in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK at the Dominion Theatre in London on Tuesday evening
Sensational display: The Love Made Me Do It hitmaker, 36, exuded confidence as she arrived to the venue in a flowy orange jumpsuit, complete with a drawstring belt to highlight her incredible physique
Good spirits: The singer enjoyed some time away from her busy schedule to support her pal

What friends are for: Cheryl threw their support behind Kimberely Walsh as they attended Big The Musical's gala performance in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK at the Dominion Theatre in London on Tuesday evening

Toning down her incredibly vibrant display, the songstress boosted her frame in a pair of chunky nude ankle-strap heels. 

The singer upped the style ante as she complemented her appearance with a thick gold bangle, and toted her belongings in a designer chain-strap handbag.

Famed for her enviably glossy locks, Cheryl styled her golden tresses into loose waves, while her tanned complexion was accentuated with shimmery gold eyeshadow, dewy foundation and rose-tinted lipgloss.

Looking equally chic was Nicola, 33, who stood out in a shimmery black blazer, teamed with a plain white T-shirt and straight-leg denim jeans.

In good company: The media personality was joined by stylish pal Nicola Roberts at the star-studded event
Close: She's maintained close relationships with her former Girls Aloud co-members since their disbandment in March 2013

In good company: The media personality was joined by stylish pal Nicola Roberts at the star-studded event

Standing tall: Toning down her incredibly vibrant display, the songstress boosted her frame in a pair of chunky nude ankle-strap heels
All about the accessories: The singer upped the style ante as she complemented her appearance with a thick gold bangle, and toted her belongings in a designer chain-strap handbag
Watch her glow: Famed for her enviably glossy locks, Cheryl styled her golden tresses into loose waves, while her tanned complexion was accentuated with shimmery gold eyeshadow, dewy foundation and rose-tinted lipgloss

Standing tall: Toning down her incredibly vibrant display, the songstress boosted her frame in a pair of chunky nude ankle-strap heels

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Just like old times: An excited Nicola, 33, took to Instagram to share a snap of the trio backstage, which she captioned: 'We're so excited tonight for Kimberely'

Just like old times: An excited Nicola, 33, took to Instagram to share a snap of the trio backstage, which she captioned: 'We're so excited tonight for Kimberely'

All eyes on her: Cheryl turned heads in her vibrant red jumpsuit as she left the theatre toting her beige YSL handbag
Security: The mother-of-one was guided to her car by a host of assistants

All eyes on her: Cheryl turned heads in her vibrant red jumpsuit as she left the theatre toting her beige YSL handbag 

Girls' night out: Cheryl put on an animated display as she left the Dominion Theatre

Girls' night out: Cheryl put on an animated display as she left the Dominion Theatre

Superstar: The songstress looked a little startled as she was swarmed by fans upon leaving the show

Superstar: The songstress looked a little startled as she was swarmed by fans upon leaving the show 

Snap-happy: The former Girls Aloud star chatted to one lady while another fan desperately tried to take a selfie

Snap-happy: The former Girls Aloud star chatted to one lady while another fan desperately tried to take a selfie 

The auburn-haired beauty opted for a pair of patent pointed heels as her footwear choice, and carried her belongings in a patterned handbag by Christian Dior.

With her hair worn in a bouncy hairdo, the star enhanced her beauty with terracotta-coloured eyeshadow, heavy strokes of matte foundation and nude lipstick.

An excited Nicola took to Instagram to share a snap of the trio backstage, which she captioned: 'We're so excited tonight for Kimberley'.

Treating her social media followers to an inside look at their fun-filled outing, she also posted a clip which showed actress Kimberley, 37, getting ready to perform on stage.  

In her element: Treating her social media followers to an inside look at their fun-filled outing, close friend Nicola also posted a clip which showed actress Kimberely, 37, getting ready to perform on stage
Having fun: 'I'm feeling good, happy to have my girlies here, about to get my wig on, she's ready isn't she', the Strictly star said in a dressing gown as she flaunted her blonde headpiece

In her element: Treating her social media followers to an inside look at their fun-filled outing, close friend Nicola also posted a clip which showed actress Kimberely, 37, getting ready to perform on stage

Giddy: The gal pals appeared in great spirits as they cosied up to each other before the performer's special charity gig
Lively: They pulled a series of animated facial expressions ahead of the show
Beaming: Cheryl and Nicola flashed wide grins as they treated fans to an inside peek at their fun-filled outing

Giddy: The gal pals appeared in great spirits as they cosied up to each other before the performer's special charity gig 

Back in the day: Girls Aloud, which comprised of Kimberley , Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Nicola, was formed in 2002 on the ITV show Popstars: The Rivals

Back in the day: Girls Aloud, which comprised of Kimberley , Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Nicola, was formed in 2002 on the ITV show Popstars: The Rivals

Dazzling: The star of the night cut a glamorous figure as she slipped into a strapless metallic gown
All in the details: The artist's stunning ensemble was embroidered with a sequinned bodice and a tulle skirt
Working it: Kimberely ensured focus remained on her sensational outfit as she opted for minimal accessories

Dazzling: The star of the night cut a glamorous figure as she slipped into a strapless metallic gown, embroidered with a sequinned bodice and a tulle skirt

Style savvy: Looking equally chic was Nicola who stood out in a shimmery black blazer, teamed with a plain white T-shirt and straight-leg denim jeans
Star-studded: Tamzin Outhwaite oozed chic in a navy trench coat and a culotte jumpsuit

Style savvy: Looking equally chic was Nicola (L), who stood out in a shimmery black blazer, teamed with a plain white T-shirt and straight-leg denim jeans (pictured right, Tamzin Outhwaite)

'I'm feeling good, happy to have my girlies here, about to get my wig on, she's ready isn't she', the Strictly star said in a dressing gown as she flaunted her blonde headpiece. 'I'm nervous... the stage is massive isn't it! I guess it is called Big', Cheryl joked.

The play is a musical adaptation of the 80s film starring Tom Hanks, which tells the story of 12-year-old Josh Baskin - a boy who is forced to tackle adulthood earlier than he thought after his wish to be 'big' is granted by a Zoltar machine. 

Sound Of The Underground hitmaker Kimberely - who portrays the role of Susan Lawrence - is joined by the likes of Jay McGuinness, Matthew Kelly and Wendi Peters in the theatre production. The play kicked off in the West End on September 10, with the string of performances set to come to an end on November 2. 

Speaking to This Morning hosts Davina McCall and Rochelle Humes last month, she admitted that she felt 'at home' getting back into musical theatre, after starring as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical and Jovie in Elf The Musical.

Out in full force: A slew of celebrities were in attendance at the charity event, including Love Island's Amy Hart
Looking good: The former flight attendant, 27, caught the eye in a belted hot pink midi dress
Fashion maven: She paired her chic ensemble with classic nude heels

Out in full force: A slew of celebrities were in attendance at the charity event, including Love Island's Amy Hart

She's got company: The reality star was joined by a hunky male companion, who appeared to help her lug her monogrammed suitcase into the theatre
Working hard: The former beauty pageant queen risked breaking her acrylic nails as she lifted her luggage

She's got company: The reality star was joined by a hunky male companion, who appeared to help her lug her monogrammed suitcase into the theatre

Colour-blocking: Contrasting with her bright appearance, the TV personality held onto a quilted red handbag
Radiant: Amy waved at onlookers on arrival
Wow-factor! The fan favourite wore fluttery false lashes and classic lipstick to the event

Colour-blocking: Contrasting with her bright appearance, the TV personality held onto a quilted red handbag

REVIEW: BIG by PATRICK MARMION

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The musical based on Big – the 1988 film that helped cement Tom Hanks’s Hollywood career – hit the West End last night. And yes, it’s pretty much a whopper.

It stars Strictly winner Jay McGuiness from boy band Wanted as the 12-year-old Josh, who wakes up in the body of a man. Opposite him we have the slightly more formidable Girls Aloud veteran Kimberley Walsh as Josh’s grown-up girlfriend Susan.

Matthew Kelly’s in there, too; adding a bit of his leathery old twinkle as the boss of the toy manufacturer where Josh gets a job.

But the biggest thing about this show is the set.

With more revolving parts than the solar system, Simon Higlett’s design is a huge cinematic experience, with the inside of two suburban houses separated by projections of the New Jersey landscape, before shifting to Manhattan skyline and a panoramic vision of the Milky Way.

Biggest and best is, perhaps, the fun fair where Josh makes his fateful wish to be a grown up. But between the film projections, sound system and lighting set-ups there are so many high-tech special effects that there’s a constant threat of crashing – as happened on Monday night, when the show ground to a halt before restarting ten minutes later.

The movie won Hanks an Oscar-nomination for his mixture of innocence, vulnerability and zest for life. These are big shoes to fill, but McGuiness has a very respectable pop at it under his boyish mop of quivering curls. There’s excitement at his pecs and abs right from the off when he falls out of bed in tiny super-hero pyjamas like a benign version of the Incredible Hulk. His best moment, however, is when he finds himself frightened and alone on New York’s mean streets, timidly singing This Isn’t Me.

In all honesty, though, his performance could be bigger. Morgan Young’s steady direction could allow him to unleash more childish physical comedy – such as the glorious scene in the film where Hanks shoots foam spray from his nose. Too much mess for stage hands? We wouldn’t mind.

And there are moments, such as when Susan asks him how he manages to be so dead-pan cute, that could be given more time to land. Give us time to sigh.

But McGuiness is thoroughly congenial and pulls off the trickiest set piece with aplomb when he dances on the giant piano keyboard at the Fifth Avenue toy store, alongside the surprisingly agile sexagenarian (soon to be septuagenarian) Kelly.

With his white hair, yellow waistcoat and pink face Kelly has a nice blend of old-fashioned status and cuddly warmth.

As Josh’s mother, Corrie’s Wendi Peters delivers a pleasantly sentimental song about growing older, but is a tad (dare I say it) grandma-ish.

Walsh’s Susan, on the other hand, is more strident; taking charge of the romance with Josh, who thinks she’s angling for a sleepover in his lower bunk bed. She has swagger and style, as well as tenderness...and horror when she realises she’s dating a 12-year-old.

Until then, she’s like a high maintenance Eva Longoria meets musical belter Olivia Newton-John.

I do wish Young’s production paraded more of the big shoulders and big hairdos of the Eighties. A few more Chris Waddle mullets would not have gone amiss. Nostalgia is, after all, embedded in the structure of the story.

My main quibble, though, is with David Shire’s music. There are moments of Eighties pastiche when Josh goes a bit Rick Astley; and there’s a hint of Toni Basil’s Hey Mickey for Josh’s birthday. Otherwise there are no stand-alone show stoppers.

But in the end it’s the story that rules. After 31 years it can still tug the heartstrings, with childhood longings to be an adult, and adult longings to be a child. 

Pose: On the night, Kimberley was seen posing for shots with her old bandmate Nicola
Co-star: She also took a snap with her co-star Jay McGuiness

Pose: On the night, Kimberley was seen posing for shots with her old bandmate Nicola, as well as her co-star Jay McGuiness

She explained: 'I grew up doing musical theatre. I felt like I got into Girls Aloud by default and it was like I went back... I feel so at home on the stage.' 

'We literally lived and breathed each other so I think more time needs to have passed for anybody to get those feelings of getting us back together.' 

A slew of celebrities were in attendance at the charity event, including pregnant Lydia Bright, YouTuber Saffron Barker and Love Island favourite Amy Hart. The former flight attendant, 27, caught the eye in a belted hot pink midi dress, paired with classic nude heels. 

Contrasting with her bright appearance, the TV personality held onto a quilted red handbag, which worked well with her classic lipstick.  

Oh baby! Pregnant Lydia Bright ensured all eyes were on her as she flashed a hint of her lean legs in a floral print tea dress, which featured a thigh-high slit
Sensational: The former TOWIE star, 29, took the plunge in her low-cut number and toted a chic red handbag for a pop of colour

Oh baby! Pregnant Lydia Bright ensured all eyes were on her as she flashed a hint of her lean legs in a floral print tea dress, which featured a thigh-high slit

All-white look: Strictly star Saffron Barker mixed comfort with style as she put on a leggy display in a white shirt dress, tied in with box-fresh trainers
She knows what she's doing: The YouTuber, 19, worked her angles as she posed up a storm on the red carpet
Stunning: The social media sensation styled her blonde tresses into loose waves and opted for a full face of make-up

All-white look: Strictly star Saffron Barker mixed comfort with style as she put on a leggy display in a white shirt dress, tied in with box-fresh trainers

Quality time: Lydia joined her newlywed mother Debbie Bright at the event
Night on the town: The Wanted's Tom Parker enjoyed a date night with wife Kelsey Hardwick

Night out: Lydia joined her newlywed mother Debbie Bright at the event (L), while The Wanted's Tom Parker enjoyed a date night with wife Kelsey Hardwick (R)

In action: The pop star portrays Susan in the play, which follows 12-year-old Josh - a boy who is forced to tackle adulthood earlier than he thought after his wish to be 'big' is granted (pictured with Jay McGuinness as Josh earlier this month)

In action: The pop star portrays Susan in the play, which follows 12-year-old Josh - a boy who is forced to tackle adulthood earlier than he thought after his wish to be 'big' is granted (pictured with Jay McGuinness as Josh earlier this month)

Family first: Kimberely was supported by sister and Emmerdale actress Amy Walsh, who was suited and booted in a red checked two-piece
Vibrant: Michelle Heaton stunned in a fuchsia pink blouse and skintight leggings

Family first: Kimberely was supported by sister and Emmerdale actress Amy Walsh (L), who was suited and booted in a red checked two-piece. Michelle Heaton (R) was also in attendance

Girls Aloud, which comprised of Kimberley, Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Nicola, was formed in 2002 on the ITV show Popstars: The Rivals. The band went on to earn 21 top 10 singles and four UK number one's before deciding to part ways in 2013. 

Earlier this year, Kimberely admitted that her former band were unlikely to follow in the footsteps of the Spice Girls and form a reunion tour. 

She revealed: 'There is no Girls Aloud reunion on the cards right now. The Spice Girls had a phenomenal career but it was very short, over four or five years.

Lights, camera, action: Cheryl looked stunning as she left the theatre following her close friend's performance
Off she goes: The media personality played with her rich locks as she departed the venue
Chirpy: She grinned from ear-to-ear as she strolled along the streets of the English capital

Lights, camera, action: Cheryl looked stunning as she left the theatre following her close friend's performance

Fan favourite: The Geordie beauty received a warm welcome from delighted fans who waited outside the venue for selfies

Fan favourite: The Geordie beauty received a warm welcome from delighted fans who waited outside the venue for selfies

End of the night: A pal helped the pop princess into her taxi as she was swarmed by eager fans
Busy bee: The former X Factor judge has been working hard on her hotly-anticipated fifth album
Teasing details: The Throwback musician recently revealed she's hoping to create some more pop tracks that people can sing along to

End of the night: A pal helped the pop princess into her taxi as she was swarmed by eager fans

Bed time! The Crazy Stupid Love singer was ready to head home to her two-year-old son Bear - who she shares with ex Liam Payne - after a long night
Cheery: She smiled in the taxi as she was driven to her next destination

Bed time! The Crazy Stupid Love singer was ready to head home to her two-year-old son Bear - who she shares with ex Liam Payne - after a long night

 

Cheryl and Nicola Roberts support Kimberley Walsh at Big The Musical's gala performance

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