Following his outstanding performance in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoast, X Factor winner Joe McElderry will return to Cheltenham with his solo show, Saturday Night at the Movies on Wednesday 2 August 2017.
SoGlos catches up with the hit singer to discuss the anticipated show, his favourite songs, and whether audiences can expect to hear any Joseph reprisals this time around…
I loved it! The audiences were amazing! And I loved the venue so I’m very excited to be bringing my concert back here.
Well for me touring with my own show is something I have done for many years, so I always love getting back on the road with my band.
It’s just a great family-friendly show that you can come and sing along and dance with! The album features iconic songs from musicals and movies that are great to just put on and sing along with!
Well without spoiling the surprise I think it would be rude not to have a little Joseph sing-a-long!
Well, in this show my favourite is either ‘Love Never Dies’ or ‘Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’.
I love performing ‘Gloria’, a track which was written for me by Grahame Goldman of 10cc; we released it especially for Mother’s Day and it’s such a beautiful song!
I love the interaction between the audience, and being able to chat and interact with people who have come to see the shows.
I’ve always just wanted to try different things hence trying classical, pop, and musical theatre – I enjoy the variety.
I’m looking forward to meeting and seeing everyone that comes to the show and hopefully I will get to see a bit of Cheltenham!
Fun, family-friendly, and a great night out with great songs!
It’s good! We’re in the last stretch now, so there’s hardly any time left. It’s been wonderful, we’ve had absolutely incredible audiences, and it’s just been a really, really fun experience.
Cheltenham’s the last stop on the tour, and we’re going to go out on a high!
The show is just a great time, a fun, family-friendly show and a great night out for all ages.
That’s the beauty of this show; everyone of all different ages can relate to it. No matter how old, or how young the audiences are, everyone seems to have a great time. And the music from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber just appeals to everyone!
100 per cent! The great thing is that everybody can join in, sing along – it’s just one of those shows.
We do it 10 times a week, and even then you find people singing the songs backstage. You’re like ‘no, don’t sing them backstage, I know them enough’, but you can’t help but sing them too, they’re so catchy!
I feel pressure with anything that I do in front of an audience, because I always want it to be the best it can be, and I always want people to leave having had a great time.
Most of the stuff that I do in my solo career, it’s my material, my music that I’ve created, so the pressure is on me anyway. But when you’re portraying somebody else’s work, there’s an added pressure of wanting to do it justice for them.
You don’t want to go and ruin it, and be awful at it! So you have an added pressure, and a respect of their work as well – especially when it’s people as iconic as Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, you want to do it properly.
Definitely! Literally, from four years old, all the way up to 70-year olds. It’s incredible the age range that it covers.
Yes… For a lot of people, it’s their first experience of the theatre, so they come back time and time again because it’s their first memory.
People just have such affection for the show. And to be part of something that creates that kind of audience is just a beautiful thing.
Probably ‘Close Every Door’. That’s my main number in the show.
I enjoy every part of it. The great thing is that each star, and each part of the show has a little story in itself, inside of the songs, so that’s the beauty of it.
I enjoy it. For me, performing in front of a live audience is what I absolutely love, so to do that every night is wonderful.
I’m used to touring now, and being away from home, travelling around – that kind of hectic schedule. When I’m not doing it, it actually feels stranger than when I am!
I played at Cheltenham Town Hall during my solo tour a few years ago, so I’ve been there once before. They were a great audience, so I’m hoping for the same again this time around!
To be honest, I was asked to be part of the show, and I thought it would be a fun project and something that I could have a great tine with – and that was the reason.
It wasn’t a case of thinking ‘I’m now going to do musicals’; more that it looked like something fun and wonderful, and I wanted to give it a go!
I’d never actually been to see the production of it, in terms of as an adult, so I didn’t really know what to expect, stepping into the role.
I knew the music, but it was kind of as much a surprise to me on the first day as it was to everyone else.
100 per cent!
We’ll see – I’m open to anything to be honest. If it’s something I think I can do justice to, if it’s a bit of a challenge, and something that means I have to put a bit of hard work in, that’s what draws me to something.
So, we shall see what happens…
I have a new album out in July – it comes out on the opening night of my solo tour, and we’re going all around the country to promote it, playing all of the songs. So new music… the fifth album is on the way. I can’t wait!
Yes, and in terms of releasing music, I’ve had a big break now, about three years, so I’m really excited to get back to that side of things, because that’s where everything began for me. I’m really looking forward to it.
Just anything that I can enjoy – I think I’ve got to the point now, seven years down the line, I’ve done things that I never, ever imagine I’d do and have really surpassed my expectations of what I thought I’d be doing in my career, which is incredible.
I always just think, let’s see what happens and let’s enjoy the ride of this crazy rollercoaster! You never, ever know what’s around the corner, so enjoy things while you can.
Just come along – bring your dancing shoes, get ready to tap along and sing along, and just have a good night with all of us.
Fun, crazy, emotional and uplifting!
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