Performing is in the blood! Proud Gary Barlow watches his daughter Emily, nine, play a munchkin in the Wizard Of Oz
Arriving at the London Palladium for Wizard Of Oz star Michael Crawford's 70th birthday celebrations last night, many could be forgiven for wondering what Gary Barlow's connection was to the West End star.
But it turns out the X Factor judge's nine-year-old daughter Emily is one of the castmembers of the hit musical.
The cute little blonde plays a munchkin called Jan alongside Crawford's Wizard and Danielle Hope's Dorothy in the production.
She's a little munchkin! Gary Barlow's daughter Emily, who plays Jan in the Wizard Of Oz, waves during the curtain call last night
Pride of place: Emily joins co-star Michael Crawford on front of the stage at the curtain call
So when Barlow found out there was a special performance of the show to mark Crawford's 70th, he was keen to join in the fun.
the curtain call, Crawford was thrilled when he was presented with a
yellow brick road birthday cake and was treated to a rendition of happy
birthday by the cast and audience.
Afterwards, Barlow and Crawford's family join the cast backstage for a party.
Singing her heart out: Emily auditioned last summer after asking her famous dad if she could be on stage
Joining in the fun: Gary Barlow was there to watch his daughter and wish Crawford a happy birthday
Supporting the birthday 'boy' was his daughter Lucy and agent, who watched the show from a box.
Crawford's daughter Lucy now lives in Australia and had flown to England specially to surprise his dad on his landmark birthday.
Our leading man: The show's producer announces to the crowd that it's Crawford's 70th
year, Barlow revealed his daughter had auditioned for a role in the
Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber production, but was waiting to hear if she got
He told the Telegraph: 'She wants to be a Munchkin. She came with her grandmother.'
Barlow also has another daughter Daisy, three, and a son Daniel, 11, with wife Dawn.
One of the gang: Emily joins her Wizard Of Oz co-stars Danielle Hope (back centre) and Michael Crawford (front centre), producer Bill Kenwright and composer Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber
Since opening last March, the Wizard Of Oz has become one of the West End's biggest show.
The production came after a search to find an actress to play Dorothy on BBC reality show Over The Rainbow, which featured Charlotte Church and John Partridge as judges.
In the end, Mancunian Hope was crowned the winner after beating 9,000 wannabes to the part.
Is he really 70 Crawford is certainly looking good for his age
That's my dad: Crawford's daughter Lucy and his ex-wife Gabrielle watch Crawford in action