U.K. superstar Robbie Williams, who will follow his multi-platinum Chrysalis album “Sing When You’re Winning” next month with a Frank Sinatra-inspired set of covers called “Swing When You’re Winning,” has announced several guest appearances for his “One Night with Robbie Williams” black-tie live special in London next week.
Actors Rupert Everett (“The Next Best Thing”), Jane Horrocks (“Little Voice” and TV’s “Absolutely Famous”) and “Saturday Night Live” favorite Jon Lovitz will join Williams on stage Oct. 10 at the Royal Albert Hall. The singer is collaborating on a script for the show with English film writer/producer Richard Curtis, of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill” fame. Also taking part will be Jonathan Wilkes, who came to U.K. attention briefly earlier this year as Williams’ friend and flatmate who scored a top-30 single on Innocent/Virgin in March with “Just Another Day.”
Like the upcoming album, the special will be influenced by “Rat Pack” members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr, all of whom are longtime heroes of Williams. The former member of Take That will perform songs from the album with a 58-piece big band orchestra. “I’m fulfilling a dream,” he says. “I sang these songs as a kid and now I’m going to be singing them to millions.”
BBC1 will film “One Night with Robbie Williams” for broadcast later this year, while the “Swing When You’re Winning” album is to be released Nov. 19 in the U.K. by Chrysalis. Meanwhile, “Sing When You’re Winning,” which is certified seven times platinum for U.K. shipments of 2.1 million copies, dropped out of the top-75 album chart yesterday (Sept. 30) after an uninterrupted 54 week-run on the survey.