This year’s BBC Children in Need telethon will be held on Friday 16th November 2012 – and in the run up to the massive night of fundraising, four shows in London will be treated to some incredible celebrity guest appearances. ‘POP Goes The Musical’ which started in 2011, sees the shows Singin’ in the Rain, Les Miserables, Jersey Boys and Thriller Live taking part this year.
The exciting charity project sees some of the nation’s favourite pop-stars appearing on the stage of each of these shows, with their own rendition of a song from the same musical at the end of the performance.
The Queen’s Theatre will welcome X Factor winner Alexandra Burke into the cast of Les Miserables on Tuesday 18 September 2012, as she takes to the stage to perform one of the songs from the legendary show. Les Miserables has been showing continuously for almost 27 years and has the honour of being billed the world’s longest-running musical, having opened as a show in London in 1985.
Heart throbs Blue will step into the shoes of a boy-band from yesteryear, performing in the show Jersey Boys as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Thursday 11 October 2012. The boys are bound to impress, as several band members are no strangers to the West End stage. Duncan James performed roles in London’s West End in both Legally Blonde the Musical as well as the classic show Chicago – experience enough to be classed a West End veteran in our eyes. Lee Ryan acted in The Pretender Agenda at The New Players Theatre in London and Anthony Costa played the role of Mickey in the London production of Blood Brothers – another long-running show, whose current revival opened in London in 1988. With such a fabulous range of experience under their belts, we should be in for a treat.
Also joining the glittering line-up for POP Goes The Musical is Geri Halliwell, who will perform a number from Singin’ in the Rain on Thursday 25 October 2012. She explained her natural affinity towards the show saying “”I have a thing for rain” – presumably a reference to her cover of chart hit “It’s Raining Men”, originally sung by The Weather Girls in 1983.
The final POP Goes The Musical special show will see R‘n’B/soul star Macy Gray alongside relative newcomers Stooshe perform in Thriller Live on Thursday 15 November 2012, the night before the telethon finale. Stooshe, who have taken the charts by storm with their recent singles ‘Love Me’ and ‘Black Heart’, should provide an interesting contrast to the gritty raspy voice of Macy Gray, a true heavy-weight in the music industry. Gray rose to fame in the late 90s and early noughties and has 6 albums under her belt.
With a strong tradition of shows in London taking part in charity projects, this year’s Children in Need fundraising drive should not be disappointed with this fantastic line-up of West End musicals joining forces with celebrity pop-stars lending their names to the cause.