Ready to Roar

With catchy tunes and courageous messages, the Cheetah Girls seem to be right up tweens' (and parents) alleys

October 24, 2006|By Joe Burris | Joe Burris,sun reporter

My 9-year-old daughter, Nyaniso, brimmed with excitement moments before the Cheetah Girls concert at Washington's Constitution Hall a week ago. That evening was sure to eclipse the previous Thursday, when I announced that we were going and she immediately proclaimed, "This is the happiest day of my life."

Yet as we sat among thousands of other children and parents, all I could think was "Whose idea was it to hold this on a school night? Doesn't this twentysomething group remember when they were Cheetah Cub Girls, when it was difficult to get them out of bed in the morning after a scarce night's sleep?"

If you go The Cheetah Girls with High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens will perform at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. N.W., Washington, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Information: or 410-547-SEAT.

Tween power

Other preteen hits include:

High School Musical, a Disney Channel Original Movie about a boy basketball star and a girl who excels in the classroom and their quest to land parts in a school musical. The show has been seen by more than 40 million people and has won two Emmys. The show's male lead, Zac Efron, has landed a part in the film version of Hairspray. The High School Musical soundtrack set the Guinness World Record for most successful songs from a soundtrack, with nine of the songs charted in the U.S. Top 100.

The soundtrack of Hannah Montana, set for release today, was ranked third on the top 100 preordered CDs on as of yesterday. The show, also on the Disney Channel, is about the secret double life of a teenager by day who's a pop star at night. Its star, Miley Cyrus, is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

Cow Belles, which stars Aly and AJ Michalka, also a Disney Channel premiere, was the second-highest cable program the week of March 24. It trailed only The Sopranos.

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, a Disney show about twins living in a luxury hotel, stars Cole and Dylan Sprouse, who've become a brand sensation for youth products. The show also stars Ashley Tisdale, whose song, "Kiss The Girl," is featured on this year's platinum edition DVD of the animated film The Little Mermaid.


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