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Michael Ball OBE was born in Worcestershire, England in 1962 and has since established himself as an actor, singer and broadcaster, not only in the West End but also television and radio. After studying at Guildford School of Acting he caught his first break starring in The Pirated of Penzance at Manchester Opera House which lead him to be cast in the original London performance of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre in the role of Marius. Following this Ball was invited to follow Steve Barton’s original portrayal of Raoul in the second casting of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End. Other notable roles include playing Alex in Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989 which was later revived on Broadway where Ball reprised his role and as Giorgio in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion at the Queen’s Theatre in 1996.
Ball’s one man show Alone Together, which was originally performed at the Donmar Warehouse was later reprised at the Royal Theatre, Haymarket for the Singular Sensations season in 2004. 1998 marked a busy year for Ball, performing in giant concerts such as Royal Albert Hall’s The Fiftieth Birthday Concert of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sondheim Tonight at the Barbican and Hey, Mr. Producer: The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh which were all later released on DVD. He returned to the theatre in 2002 with his outstanding performance as Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at London’s Palladium.
In 2004 Ball sang for the Queen and her guests for a one off special concert performance of Les Miserables at Windsor castle. The following year he replaces Michael Crawford as Count Fosco in The Woman in White; a role, which took him to the West End and Broadway. More recently in 2007 ball returned to the West End in the hit musical Hairspray playing the starring role of Edna Turnblad at the Shaftesbury Theatre, recieveing 5 star reviews. It was this performance that saw him winning Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Following this he starred in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street alongside Imelda Staunton at the Adelphi Theatre. Both actors were awarder Laurence Olivier Awards for their performances. Ball was also part of the cast fot the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables at The O2 Arena along with Matt Lucas, Alfie Boe and Nick Jonas. The concert was telecast live to cinemas globally and later released on DVD.
Outside the theatre Ball has released several solo albums from 1992 to 2014 including his 2011 album Heroes which entered the UK charts at number 10. His singing has also enabled him to tour all over the UK, singing tracks including “You Cant Stop The Beat” from Haispray among others. In 2007 Ball made his proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall with An Evening with Michael Ball, being the first musical theatre star to have a solo concert at the event. He has also established himself as a presenter for shows such as This Morning, The Michael Ball Show and The One Show. He also appeared as a Judge in the talent television show Soapstar Superstar for series two in 2007. Furthermore he has produced four series of his own radio series on BBC Radio 2, Ball over Broadway as well as Michael Ball on Sunday and The Michael Ball Show in 2016 also on BBC Radio 2.
Selected London & West End Appearances
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||Sweeney Todd||Adelphi||2012||Review|
|Night of 1000 Voices||Albert Hall||2005|
|The Woman in White||Count Fosco||Palace||2005|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Dwarf||Victoria Palace||2004|
|Michael Ball- Alone Together||Haymarket||2004|
|Chitty Chitty Bang Bang||Caractacus Potts||Palladium||2002||Review|