IT'S SHOWTIME!

'Showtime @ The Stadium', a one-off event, which will feature pop, theatre and TV stars performing show tunes from stage musicals...

STEPS, a1 and DAMAGE are the latest acts to join ATOMIC KITTEN and CHARLOTTE
CHURCH for a massive LIVE AID-style charity concert at the MILLENNIUM STADIUM, CARDIFF in the autumn.

October's 'Showtime @ The Stadium', a fundraiser for the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust, is the brainchild of Midge Ure, who co-organised 1985's Live Aid gig for famine victims in Africa in 1985.

The one-off event, which will feature pop, theatre and TV stars performing show tunes from stage musicals, has been confirmed for October 20.

The gig was announced at a press conference in the stadium last month, where Charlotte Church told reporters that she fancied having a go at recreating Christina Aguilera's 'Lady Marmalade' performance. Atomic Kitten have expressed an interest in performing something from 'Cats' .

The concert production will be directed by Ure, and recorded by the BBC for broadcast before the end of the year. Each of the artists appearing will be backed by a 60-piece orchestra and a gospel choir.

Meanwhile, H from Steps has announced that he is in talks with producers of the stage musical 'Godspell', with a view to joining the cast sometime next year.

He says he may look to a career in musicals when Steps eventually split, though he stressed that there are no current plans for the demise of
the band.

More acts for "Showtime @ The Stadium" will be announced over the coming weeks and tickets are already on sale from the Millennium Stadium box office, telephone 0870 1211228, priced £15 to £35.

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