Showtime at the stadium
The new UK Charts where announced today, on the singles front Chain Reaction spent it’s 4th week inside the UK Top 10 moving down to number ten. On the albums front, Gold: Greatest Hits entered the UK albums chart at number one!! Well done to Steps!! Also on the videos chart, the Gold: Greatest Hits video also entered at number one!!
Steps, Hear’Say, A1 and Atomic Kitten are taking part in regional concerts for this year’s Children in Need. Samantha Mumba and Louise will also perform in three special shows for the BBC fundraising event on November 16. Gaby Roslin says the concerts will give a new look to the night. The show’s co-presenter added: “This is a fantastic leap forward for BBC Children in Need. “Since I started presenting the show with Terry five years ago we’ve had some incredible performers on the show in London. “But now BBC Children in Need supporters all over the UK will be able to join in the fun on the night and see some of Britain’s biggest stars visiting their area and performing especially for them.” Hear’Say and Steps are set to perform in Portsmouth in a concert at Castle Field, Southsea, which will be hosted by Tomorrow’s World presenter Philippa Forrester. Samantha Mumba and A1 will perform in Doncaster at the Dome leisure park, and Atomic Kitten and Louise will be in de Montfort Hall in Leicester. The concerts will be featured in the television coverage of the night.
Firstly on last nights show. Steps performed Tragedy and I Know Him So Well WITH a Live Band .. and it really did sound excellent – if Steps and their management didn’t notice how good they sounded with a live band then something isn’t right as this has to be the biggest sort of hint yet that THEY should be touring with a Live band, although I have been told that this tour won’t have a live band, grr :o)
Here are some reports over the event yesterday: all from Ananova:
Pop and classical performers are descending on Cardiff for a family show to raise money for an Aids charity. Among the top names appearing at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday night are chart favourites Steps, Atomic Kitten, A1 and S Club 7. Other big names taking to the stage for the Red Hot Aids Charitable Trust concert are Charlotte Church, Sinead O’Connor, Petula Clark and tenor Russell Watson. Many of the acts are better associated with pop or classical music, but Showtime at the Stadium is all about musical theatre and the artists appearing will perform a song from the West End or Broadway. Steps are due to perform I Know Him So Well from Chess; Sinead O’Connor will take on Madonna’s mantle to sing Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita; Atomic Kitten are going feline with Macavity from Cats and Charlotte Church is set to sing If I Loved You from Carousel. Musical theatre old hand Ruthie Henshall, who has headlined West End shows such as Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Cats is singing Abba’s Mama Mia as well as Send In The Clowns from A Little Night Music. And a 60-piece orchestra, a choir and a troupe of 40 show dancers will turn it into a real spectacle. Church described the show as a unique opportunity for such different artists to come together to show off their skills and try something different. Atomic Kitten’s Natasha, Liz and Jenny have said they are looking forward to the challenge of doing something a bit different. The man behind the event, former Ultravox front man Midge Ure, is hoping thousands of pounds will be raised for the charity which funds the work of non-governmental organisations all over the world to halt the spread of Aids.
Steps, Atomic Kitten, A1 and S Club 7 have performed in a family charity show.
Atomic Kitten perform at the show (PA)
Charlotte Church, Sinead O’Connor, Petula Clark and tenor Russell Watson also joined the event at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Charlotte Church on stage (PA)
They were raising funds for Red Hot Aids Charitable Trust and Children in Need.S Club 7 were first on stage at the musical theatre event, Showtime at the Stadium. They performed their song Have You Ever.
S Club 7’s Jo and Jon (PA)
But then two members from the group, Jo and Paul, launched into Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, holding hands. Atomic Kitten performed a rendition of Macavity from Cats. And Charlotte Church took to the stage in her home town to sing two numbers, including Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny Girl. The show was supported by an orchestra, choir and dancing troops. Midge Ure organised the event, designed to bring London’s West End and Broadway to Cardiff. He also took to the stage with Bermuda-born singer Heather Nova for Phantom of the Opera’s signature tune.