Book of Mormon Gala Performance
Broadway’s runaway hit, The Book of Mormon, has finally arrived on London’s West End and on Wednesday 14th March, the cast hosted a gala performance to raise money for Red Nose Day.
The Gala performance was attended not only by high profile Comic Relief supporters, but also members of the public. All ticket sales from the evening were donated to Red Nose Day. The musical has so far raised £168,500 for the charity, with much more expected to flow in as until September, all tickets sold will include an optional £1 donation. Celebs that turned out in support included Simon Cowell, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton, director Richard Curtis and James Corden.
Miranda’s Mad March
British comedian and star of Call the Midwife is taking part in a Mad March. In the week leading up to today’s Red Nose Day, she has had to complete five challenges, in five different English cities. That day’s challenge was revealed each morning on BBC Radio 2 with the results of the challenge screened that night on BBC One’s, The One Show. Day 1 saw the star take part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the most armpits waxed in three minutes. Though the record wasn’t achieved, she certainly helped the residents of Newcastle to look their best. Day 2 she was in Manchester performing a Strictly Come Dancing routine. Day 3 was the challenge where she overcame her greatest fear… singing in public. Dressed in fashionable onesies, Miranda and her girl band performed to a packed Birmingham crowd. The 2013 Crufts Dog Show might have been held last week but on Day 4 Miranda hosted her own Greatest Dog Show in Oxford trying out an agility performance to rival, Britain’s Got Talent winners, Ashleigh and Pudsey. Today her final task was revealed by none other than the Doctor himself, Matt Smith, and Miranda is playing wedding planner. She needs to organise Ben and Claire’s wedding day, from dress, to flowers, to venue, to Bridal song. Check out her Red Nose Day page to see how she survived and thrived in each challenge.
British Airways flies into the record books for Red Nose Day
British Airways set not one, but two Guinness World Records on Sunday March 10: The Highest Harlem Shuffle and the Highest Concert. In a celebration of all things 80s, 128 lucky passengers were joined by Spantau Ballet’s Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde (‘Kids in America’) for a special concert at 43,000ft having previously been entertained at a much lower altitude by Bananarama and Go West. The Red Nose Day event beat James Blunt’s previous concert record of 42,080ft. To qualify, they had to perform a 15 minute set with instruments at a higher altitude. They easily smashed that performing for 22 minutes and 36 seconds at 43,000ft.
British Airlines, through Flying Start, has raised over £4.5 million for Comic Relief. A video of the concert with be available shortly on their YouTube site.