Jeff Brazier and Michelle Heaton have teamed up with Cancer Research UK to star in a special ‘musicommerical’ to raise awareness of Race for Life.

For the first time ever, Tesco and Cancer Research UK have gathered a host of celebrities and stars of the West End stage to present ‘Join the Girls’, a compressed musical theatre production that tells the story of Race for Life in under six minutes.

The musical will be screened as a commercial in major cinemas across the UK throughout February to encourage women to sign up for their nearest event and to raise money to help beat cancer.

‘Join the Girls’ will star a different celebrity in each region, with Dancing on Ice‘s Jeff Brazier and Michelle Heaton representing the first, in London.

Natasha Dickinson, head of Race for Life, said: “I’m not sure what Gershwin, Sondheim or Lloyd Webber would think, but we are excited to be pioneering this new medium where art meets advertising to promote Race for Life 2011.

Michelle Heaton added: “It was great fun getting involved in the musical, I couldn’t believe how much they packed in to six minutes! I know audiences across the UK are going to have such a laugh watching ‘Join the Girls’, and will be inspired to take part in Race for Life this summer.

Now in its 18th year, Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series, with over 300 events taking place in 2011. To sign up for your nearest event, visit