While Michael is wowing the crowds in Shanghai (he sang “Stars” from Les Mis!) we thought we could update you on a new DVD that might be of interest for Michael’s fans:
As you could see in the video clip Michael made a guest appearance in the series “Toast of London” as himself (in his day job as West End enforcer). This series was now released on DVD (Michael’s episode is the sixth and finale one). He also features in the extras. His segment is called “My name is Michael Ball” shows how he recorded the song for the credits and plays around with it a bit. It’s only a few minutes long but highly enjoyable. Also his rather casual outfit in the recording session is a bit of a contrast to the very dapper tuxedo he wears on the actual show LOL
Again on Michael's Facebook page two DVD signings on 12 November have been announced:
"Michael will be in London signing copies of his new tour DVD "Both Sides Now' on Tuesday 12th November. Get your copy signed at one of the following locations;
Sainsburys, Dulwich (80 Dog Kennel Hill, London, SE22 8BB) from 2pm - 3:30pm
HMV, Oxford Street (363 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1DJ) from 6pm - 8pm
Also we found this announcement of a Christmas Carol concert in Putney on 12 December. But as we all know this doesn't mean anything as this appearance has not yet been officially confirmed.
Upcoming TV Appearances posted:31/10/13
On Michael's Facebook page the following TV appearances have been announced:
"Michael will be gracing your TV screens twice in the next few days.....you can catch him on Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two at 6:30pm on Friday 1st November (BBC2) and This Morning at 12:15pm on Monday 4th November (ITV1)."
Also he is listed as a contributor to The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song (8 November, ITV 1, 9pm) and as a guest on Loose Women on 14 November (ITV 1, 12:0pm).
Spamalot & DVD News posted:16/10/13
As you might have seen on Twitter Michael will make an appearance as God in the musical Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre London. You can book tickets here.
Here is the message we received to pass on to you:
Have you heard the exciting news that Michael Ball is appearing as God in Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre to raise money for for charity?
Michael Ball took time out of his busy schedule to film the part of God, which will be shown during each performance of Spamalot from Monday 21th October until Saturday 26th October.
Ball steps into the heavenly robes previously worn by Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Windsor and Christopher Biggins who have also filmed the part of God. ‘The Summer of Spamalot Charity Gods' has been created to raise-a-lot of shillings for several charities including Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, The Make A Wish Foundation, the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Scene & Heard, Stage For Age and Keats Community Library which are supported by the actors who are playing God.
The part does not require the actor to be on stage (it's filmed and shown on a screen apparently) but Michael will make a personal appearance on 21 October.
On 24 November Michael will appear in the new comedy series Toast of London which will be aired on Channel 4 at 10:40pm. He will go back to his roots and do some straight acting. We can hardly wait to see it!
Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce again in the week commencing on 21 October. You can listen to him Monday to Friday from 9:30am on BBC Radio 2.
On 7 October Michael attended the Pride of Britain Awards held at Grosvenor House in London. There are several photos online. You can always find lovely shots at Contact Music.
Concert in aid of Shooting Star CHASE posted:03/10/13
On 8 December Michael will give a charity concert in aid of the charity Shooting Star CHASE at the Phoenix Theatre in London. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 4 October and are priced between 20 and 85 Pounds.
Interview clip after receiving Honorary Doctorate of Arts posted:20/09/13
Michael gave a short lovely interview after being awarded an honorary doctorate.
TV News posted:14/09/13
TMichael will be one of the guests at The Alan Titchmarsh Show on Friday 20 September (3pm, ITV1).
Also he recorded two appearances for Songs of Praise (Your Favourite Hymn and Your Favourite Carol with provisional air dates on 27 October and 22 December).
Honorary Doctorate of Arts posted:04/09/13
The Plymouth University has announced that it will award Michael with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts on 20 September. Here is the quote from their website:
"Musical star Michael Ball, multiple award-winning artists Gilbert and George, and former Secretary of State for Education Lord Kenneth Baker are to be recognised for their achievements with Honorary Doctorates from Plymouth University this year.
Michael Ball will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts on Friday 20th September, bringing him back to the city where he grew up and where he first became involved in youth theatre."
Gala at Sadler's Wells Theatre posted:04/09/13
Michael will take part in a star-studded gala evening in aid of the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School on 29 September at the Sadler's Wells in London. You can buy your tickets and read all about it here.
The line-up includes "BalletBoyz®, Steven McCrae, Royal Ballet, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Samantha Bond, Wayne Sleep, stars of the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and English National Ballet. "
DVD News posted:31/08/13
According to this new cover design and Amazon the Both Sides Now DVD will feature an exclusive 8-track bonus CD. It will be released on 11 November 2013 and you can order it here.
Michael to perform in Shanghai in November posted:29/08/13
The people of Sanghai are in for a treat. Michael will be returning to the Chinese metropole to headline a concert series that is devoted to the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, the writers of Les Mis, Martin Guerre etc. The concerts will take place from 27 November till 1 December 2013 at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Michael will be joined by Lea Salonga (his Eponine for the 10th Anniversary concert) David Harris, Amanda Harrison and Marie Zamora (wife of Alain Boublil).
Should you be lucky enough to join Michael on this endeavour (being it "just" in the audience) you will be able to order your tickets here. General Information on the show can be found underthis link
Michael on Radio this afternoon posted:29/08/13
Michael will be interviewed on BBC Radio 3 during "In Tune". He will be promoting the Gershwin concert taking place on Sunday at Kenwood House.
You can listen to the show online using this link at 4:30pm. The show should be available to listen again shortly after the show has finished.
Michael to participate in Cruise posted:12/08/13
P&O Cruises announced that Michael will take part in a cruise to the Baltic Sea. The cruise will lead to Zeebrugge, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Oslo. It will take off in Southampton.
So, if you have some holiday allowance left and have the money, you might consider a cruise at the end of the year. Find more information here.
Tribute Concert for Don Black posted:09/08/13
Michael and Elaine Paige are among the guests for a special celebratory concert for Don Black (A Life in Song: Lyrics by Don Black) on 3 October 2013.
It will be held at the Royal Festival Hall (London) and you can book tickets here.
The news we have been waiting for: The Both Sides Now tour DVD will be released on 11 November 2013! You can pre-order it here.
Misc. News posted:29/06/13
After having just turned 51 on Thursday Michael attended the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards last Friday. You can find some photos on Getty Images (all bearded and with glasses).
As you have probably seen on his Facebook page Michael will be filling in for Ken Bruce: “We are very excited to announce that Michael will be filling in for Ken Bruce on Radio 2 from 29th July - 9th August. Catch Michael on the 2nd biggest radio show in Europe weekdays from 9:30am - 12pm”
Also Michael will be appearing as host at Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park concert on Sunday 8 September. Tickets are sold out but some hospitality packages are still available. The concert will be transmitted live via Radio 2 and via the Red Button.
The 500 WORDS Final posted:30/05/13
Tomorrow, Friday 31 May at 6:30am, Michael will be one of the "superstar narrators" in the finale of Chris Evans' 500 WORDS 2013. Read all about it on BBC Radio 2's website.
Summertime - An Evening of Gershwin posted:23/05/13
Another Michael event got announced today.
Michael will be hosting "An evening of Gershwin" at Kenwood House's "Live by the Lake" on 1 September 2013. Apart from hosting the show Michael is expected to sing eight songs. He will be joined by Goina Beck (current Glinda in Wicked), Kerry Ellis and David Shanon. Tickets can be booked via their official website.
Union Square Music asked us to share the following press release and material with you all:
MICHAEL BALL’s new single ‘FIGHT THE FIGHT’
Released on May 13th through Union Square Music
Written by Tim Rice (lyrics) and Stuart Brayson ( music)
MICHAEL BALL has an exciting brand new single, ‘Fight the Fight’, released on May 13th through Union Square Music and will be available from iTunes, Amazon and all other digital music stores.
‘Fight the Fight’ is upbeat, anthemic and has been penned by Sir Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson for their forthcoming West End page-to-stage musical, ‘From Here to Eternity’, which opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre in October. The musical marks Brayson’s West End debut and Rice’s first stage musical in ten years.
The track features on Michael’s recent Top Ten smash hit album, ‘Both Sides Now’ which has been in the charts since its release on February 25th. Released through Union Square Music, ‘Both Sides Now’ represents both sides of Michael’s unique career – that of Britain’s top musical theatre star and multi-platinum recording artist.
“One of the really exciting things about recording a new album,” says Michael, “is having brand new songs to record by such brilliant writers as Tim Rice and having to decide how they should sound because they’ve never been recorded before. Tim sent me a demo of ‘Fight the Fight’ which I immediately loved – it’s got guts, a great story, and a rollicking good tune. Quite early on I decided I wanted it to have a West Coast/Eagles feel to it – with lots of acoustic guitar and vocals upfront which Tim loved...luckily! I really hope I’ve done it justice – I feel very honoured to be recording a brand new Rice song and I’m looking forward to performing it live on my tour. I’m also really looking forward to seeing ‘From Here to Eternity’ – it’s 60 years since the Frank Sinatra film was released and it’ll be at the Shaftesbury where I spent a very happy two years performing in ‘Hairspray’. “
‘BOTH SIDES NOW’ showcases Michael’s outstanding talents in both areas of his stellar career - musical theatre and the recording studio. The album features some truly inspiring versions of Michael’s favourite pop hits together with classic songs from the musicals and some exciting new songs. His voice has never sounded better and his thoughtfully crafted, intimate arrangements on this outstanding collection of classic songs sees Michael taking chances and absolutely flying with his choices; songs such as the brand new Andrew Lloyd Webber/Leslie Bricusse composition, ‘The Perfect Song’, Joan Armatrading’s ‘Love and Affection’, Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’, and more are given a new, contemporary feel.
It was a hattrick for Team Todd at yesterdays prestigious Olivier Awards. Team Todd received awards in the three main categories, namely:
Best Actor in a musical
Best Actress in a musical
Best Musical revival.
What a fantastic night for everyone involved in this wonderful production. We can safely say that this vote represents the opinion of the public as the massive crowd in Covent Garden Piazza, where the Awards were screened live, were cheering Sweeney on from the word go. Congratulations from us to the winners and nominees. What a n
Photo courtesy of Gettyimages.com (Where you can find some more pics)ight!
Also he received his gold disc for Both Sides Now yesterday while presenting The One Show. Screenshots can be found at our Facebook group. And the clips can be downloaded here. Congratulations, Mr Ball!
And you can read about him in Woman’s Weekly and Yours Magazine.
Olivier Award Nominations posted:26/03/13
Today the long awaited nominations for the prestigious Olivier Awards have been announced and Team Todd is going strong with a total of six:
Best Actor in a Musical: Michael Balll
Best Actress in a Musical: Imelda Staunton
Best Musical Revival: Sweeney Todd
Best Lighting Design: Mark Henderson
Best Sound Design: Paul Groothuis
Best Costume Design: Anthony Ward
The ceremony will be held on 28 April at the Royal Opera House in London. The awards will be covered on the day by BBC Radio 2 and there will be a highlights programme on ITV 1. For a full list of nominees click here.
As this is right in the middle of “our” leg of the tour we hope to see many of you at Covent Garden to cheer for Team Todd.
Congratulations to everyone! This is so well deserved!
Reminder: Single Release posted:24/03/13
Don't forget to get the single "The Perfect Song" which was released on 18 March for iTunes.
Media News posted:23/03/13
Upcoming TV appearances:
Sunday 24 March, 5:30pm, My Vintage
Wednesday 27 March, am, ITV 1, 10:30am
40 Years of Andrew Lloyd Webber, ITV 1, 6:30pm
Daily Mail interview posted:01/03/13
There is a lovely interview with Michael about Cathy, his life and the mysterious musical he will be doing. Apparently it will happen during the summer of 2014 and it will happen again at Chichester Festival Theatre. To read the article click here.
QVC Aftershow Interview posted:18/02/13
After his appearance at QVC (we hope to upload the clips tomorrow) Michael gave this little interview:
5 WOS Awards for Michael and Sweeney Todd posted:17/02/13
Congratulations Michael for winning the Whatsonstage Award for the best Actor in a musical. Well done!
UPDATE: And congratulations to Jonathan Kent for best director, Imelda for best actress, Sweeney for best revival and Mark Henderson for best lighting design!!
Whoopwhoop for Team Todd! So well-deserved!
UPDATE No 2:
Photos from the press room can be found at wooler.com.
WOS Awards live streaming online posted:17/02/13
The Whatsonstage Awards will be up tonight at 7pm GMT. You can watch the concert live online. Just click here and enjoy.
Perfect song played on Weekend Wogan - listen again posted:17/02/13
You can tell the release of "Both Sides Now" is nearing. Terry Wogan played "The Perfect Song" during Weekend Wogan. Should you have missed it, you will be able to listen again until next Sunday. Just hop to Weekend Wogan. listen again and jump to 40:20 minutes and the song starts right there.
Both Sides Now - Audio clips on Itunes posted:14/02/13
Itunes offer the chance to listen to short clips of all the songs of Michael's upcoming album. So, if you'd like to listen to it, click here. Hover over the numbers of the songs and a "play" Icon will appear. Click on it and the clip should start after a moment.
Michael's original Marius costume up for auction posted:14/02/13
Yes, it's true. Michael auction off the original Marius costume he wore again at the 10th Anniversary concert in the Royal Albert Hall. We are amazed, shocked and a bit sad to see it go. So, check your cheque books and get bidding. The auction is done in aid of Shooting Star Chase.
Shanghai to go ahead and WOS Awards posted:10/02/13
The mystery has finally been solved. Michael got his visa for China and will be flying out to Shanghai tomorrow and a rather busy week will follow. According to the promoters Michael will be joined by Laura Michelle Kelly. She will sing "I dremed a dream" and "On my Own". Michael will then join her for the duet "All I ask of you" and will be singing his signature songs "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and "Love Changes Everything" which will close the show.
After the concert on Thursday, 14 February 2013 he exptected to dash home as he is cofirmed to attend the Whatsonstage Theatre Awards on Sunday night, where he is a strong contender to win a price for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd.
So, Michael, for both occasions, break a leg and we will be here thinking of you and keeping our fingers crossed.
Monday 18th February
QVC - FREESAT 800/SKY 640/ FREEVIEW 16/VIRGIN TV 740
Wednesday 20th February
BBC RADIO 4 - Live interview at 9:20am
Friday 22nd February
BBC BREAKFAST - BBC1
Sunday 24th February
SUNDAY BRUNCH - Channel 4
Monday 25th February
LOOSE WOMEN - ITV1
Thursday 28th February
THE ALAN TITCHMARSH SHOW - ITV1
Friday 1st March
THE WRIGHT STUFF - Channel FIVE
So set those VCRs and enjoy.
Also he can be heard today when choosing his two favourite tracks from the 70s in "Johnnie Walker's Sounds of the 70s" on BBC Radio 2 at 3pm.
Shanghai concert - to be or not to be posted:23/01/13 updated: 26/01/2013
The rumours were spreading around the internet, that Michael would be doing a concert in Shandhaig, we were expecting something official soon, but there is nothing, so will there be a concert or participation of Michael at a Gala? We don't know. Should there be any news we will let you know.
Original post: Michael is going international again and it's getting very exciting especiallly for his Asian fans, who can manage a Valentine Day trip to Shanghai, China.
It all started with the Twitter rumour that Michael was scheduled to appear in a concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on 14 February 2013. No details about tickets etc. are known yet.
Michael's tweet regarding this: Did I mention it looks like I'm off to Shanghai for a Valentine's day concert. Always wanted to visit China.
Both Sides Now Track List posted:23/01/13
We now have the track list for the new album "Both Sides now", which will be released on 25 Fabruary 2013.
Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell, 1967)
Run (by Snow Patrol and Leona Lewis)
Make you feel my love (Bob Dylan and hit for Adele, 2010)
Songbird (Christine McVie, also hit for Eva Cassidy)
Love and Affection (Joan Armatrading, 1976)
Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Rose Royce, 1978)
I Won't Let You Go (James Morrison 2011)
Closest Thing To Crazy (Hit for Katie Melua, 2003)
Love Changes Everything (Michael sings with Il Divo)
I will Always Love You (Hit for Whitney Houston, 1992)
I won't send Roses (Mack and Mabel - already sung at Opening of the Cardiff Millennium Centre - watch the clip here
Fight The Fight (new song by Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson)
The Perfect Song (new song by Andrew Lloyd Webber)
Suddenly (new song for Les Miserables movie)
When She Loved Me (From Toy Story 2)
As soon as we have any more order information we will provide you with it.
Michael's Radio 2 show posted:07/01/13
The news we have been waiting for is finally out. Michael will present his own new radio who on BBC Radio 2. The show will air on Sundays commencing at 7pm. His first show will air on 20 January 2014.
You can read the official press release of the BBC here. At the time we don't have an official title of the show.
The show will be called "Sunday Night with Michael Ball" and has its own programme page up and running. Have a look!
Michael Ball returns to Radio 2 for his brand new series, offering a blend of music from across the decades. Music from the movies, classic albums, the West End and Broadway, iconic vocalists and contemporary favourites will all be featured alongside nostalgic popular favourites and modern greats.
Each week, 2 classic artists will be inducted into the Singers Hall of Fame. We would like to know which artists you would like to nominate; tell us about why they mean so much to you, what memories their songs hold and why you think Michael should celebrate their life of song and performance.
We would also like to hear about your favourite piece of classical music which may be played as one of Michael's Timeless Classics. It could be a time-honoured piece from Beethoven, Barber or Mozart, or a composition from a modern film score. We would love to hear your suggestions and the reason behind your choice.
Get in touch with Michael by emailing Michael.Ball@bbc.co.uk and share your suggestions with him. In return, he will provide you with the perfect Sunday night experience. This is a show for you.
Further media news:
Michael was the surprise interview guest on Chris Evans' BBC Radio 2 show on Monday and you can still listen to the show here until next Monday. He is on at about 2 hours and 11 minutes.
On 25 January you can see Michael in an episode of John Bishop's "Only Joking" on Sky 1 at 8:30pm.
No one would pretend that this year was the most adventurous for musicals, and the season ahead already promises a range of titles (Once, The Book of Mormon, and Merrily We Roll Along just for starters) promising far more than most of what was on offer musically during 2012. But by any standards, and at any time, Jonathan Kent's Chichester-spawned revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd was a major achievement and not just for restoring scale and scope to a show that has tended toward downsizing in recent years.
Inheriting roles that can now be said to belong definably to the classical canon, Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton reinvented both their parts, and themselves, anew — a bearded Ball visibly growing up and darkening in range and timbre in front of our eyes as the razor-wielding Sweeney alongside Staunton, a Mrs Lovett at once impish and baleful, as delightful as she was doomed. The actress next takes on the mammoth challenge of Mama Rose in Gypsy: sing out, Imelda!
Not really surprising Imelda Staunton won (deservedly) the award, where she competed with Michael. As she was not there, Michael accepted the award on her behalf. Getty Images posted some lovely photos of Michael at the Guildhall.
Radio Interviews on listen again posted:/1210/12
Michael has been interviewed by Newstalk to promote the Cork concert. Apparently it was a great interview and more intense than most. So you might want to listen to it. He was on Thursday, 11 December 2012. Go to that Day, part 3 and then he is on at about 37 minutes. Use this link.
Lots of concert news posted:/1210/12
Michael will be doing two Christmas Concerts with the Cork Youth Orchestra on 8 and 9 December 2012.
You can either sit in the balcony, which will offer reserved seating or in the stalls, where the seating is unreserved, but you might have several rows reserved in front of you. Get your tickets here.
The followin Thursday, 13 December 2012, Michael will be taking part in a Christmas concert at the Royal Albert Hall. You can get your tickets here.
Stand up to Cancer pics posted:12/09/12
Michael took part in the Shooting Star Charity Day. You can find some lovely pictures on the Twitter page of Shooting Star Chase.
When we wwere in London for the last week of Sweeney Todd, we heard from a friend that Michael had been photographed on Strand. Of course we had missed it, but we were curious, wanting to see the photos. Well here they are and he is looking gorgeous. Missing the beard!
Vote for Michael and Sweeney posted:04/10/12
More award nominations for Michael and the Sweeney cast and crew. The Broadway World UK Awards 2012 have opened their voting platform. You need to give your e-mail address to start voting. Also you can see the current results on the website.
Sweeney Award Nominations posted:27/09/12
The Award season has started. Not surprisingly Michael has received the first nomination for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd. He is nominated for the UK Theatre Awards, which is presented by the Theatrical Management Association.
Michael and Imelda are both nominated in the same category (Best performance in a musical). They are up against only one other actor (Daniel Evans for Company produced in Sheffield). The ceremony will take place on Sunday 28 October 2012 in the Guildhall in London. So remember that date and keep your fingers crossed for Michael.
Friday Night is Music Night posted:26/09/12
"From Broadway to Hollywood" will feature Michael introducing stars in the making from the Arts Educational School. 13 soloists, a group of 50 piece chorus and a 60 piece orchestra will be conducted by Mike Dixon. They will feature songs from famous musicals like Grease, Funny Girl, My Fair Lady and many more.
You will be able to watch all this live at the Mermaid Theatre in London. Get your tickets here.
Should not you be able to get there, as most of us won't, you will be able to listen to the show live on BBC Radio 2 on 19 October 2012 at 8pm.
Michael at Shooting Star Charity Day posted:11/09/12
Michael took part in the Shooting Star Charity Day. You can find some lovely pictures on the Twitter page of Shooting Star Chase.
Michael took part in the Shooting Star Charity Day. There are a couple of lovely photos of him, Joan Collins and Tony Hadley on Shooting Stars Twitter page. Have a look at their page or go directly to their latest images.
Video message from Sweeney Todd Cast posted:11/09/12
The title says it all really. Have a look and enjoy.
Michael to present Award posted:05/09/12
According to BroadwayWorld.com Michael will be presenting the Sidney Brown Memorial Award at the Mercury Musical Developments 20th Anniversary Gala. This event is held at the Novello Theatre in London on Sunday 14 October. You can book tickets here. There has not been an official confirmation of his appearance yet though.
This Morning .. posted:18/08/12
Michael will be a guest on ITV's This Morning. To see him, be sure to tune in on ITV on the coming Tuesday (21 August). The show will be on from 10:30am till 12:30. Michael usually appears to the end of the show, but to be sure, you should watch it from the beginning.
Leading Man? And more... posted:10/08/12
Sparked by a comment made by Andrew Lloyd Webber on TV WhatsOnStage.com has launched a poll searching for leading men in the West End. Voting is open until Sunday.
Also Michael is supporting this great fundraising event on JustGiving.com. Maybe you will attend the game?
Michael at the O2 Silver Clef Award posted:01/07/12
Last Friday Michael attended the O2 Silver Clef Awards. There are some lovely pics of him around the net. Be sure not to miss them.
First of all: Happy Birthday, Mr Ball! Who would have thought you'd spend this day cutting throats??
This website celebrates it's 12th birthday today. And as the very reason for Justy's existence celebrates a milestone, we thought it would be appropriate to re-launch the brand new design.
This is still an ongoing process so please bear with us. We hope you will like it!
On 22 June we had our one millionth visitor and what can we say? Just wow! Thank you all for your continued support. We heart you all! :-)
Hopefully we will get back to you with all the news from the stage door, as we have finally arrived in London, all ready to celebrate the two birthdays. Let the party begin! :-D
Kids Week posted:30/05/12
There are times, when we wish we were still children and now is one of them. Well rather, we would love to be children on 17 August 2012.
The reason: Kids Week: QandA and Backstage Demonstration.
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Join Michael Ball, the star of Sweeney Todd, for a pre-show Q&A, plus a demonstration of some of the backstage effects used in the show.
West End Live posted:30/05/12
Each year some of the best known musicals in the West End present bits of their show for free to the public. This year it will take place on 23 and 24 June 2012 on Trafalgar Square. Sweeney Todd will be among the performing shows. We don't know, if Michael will be part, but if you are around it's always worth a visit and you should not miss it, if you are around. for more information visit their website. .
Sweeney Todd Video Message posted:30/05/12
Sweeney Todd sent a few words of support to the contestants in the search for the Twitter star competition
Those with Sky set your recorders today as Michael and Imelda will hand over a trophy at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. The ceremony will be aired at 9 pm on Sky Arts 1 HD. Enjoy!
Also Michael has finally won the Eurovision song contest - well, the West End Eurovision song contest. Check out the winning performance in these two videos and be amazed by how well Matthew Gent impersonates young Michael Ball during One Step Out of Time, until Mr Todd steps in....
Loose Women posted:23/04/12
They announced today that Michael will be making a guest appearance on ITV1's Loose Women tomorrow (Tuesday, 24 April) . No confirmation as yet but worth setting your recorders just in case. The show is on between 12:30 and 1:30pm.
Lunchtime with... & Photos posted:23/04/12
The Criterion Theatre has a series called "Lunchtime with...". These are
"a series of live, one-on-one interviews with some of the world's leading actors and actresses, currently performing in London's West End and other major theatre".
Michael will be interviewed on Friday, 11 May at 1:15pm at the theatre. Imelda Staunton will be interviewed on 26 April.
The interview will last 45 minutes.
Tickets can be booked via Ticketmaster. See you all there!
Also, sorry about being so late on this, you can find several beautiful photos of Michael at the Oliviershere at Getty Images. Two to give you an idea:
Olivier Awards Live Stream posted:11/04/12
A day full of good news. We still mourn the fact that the Olivier Awards are no longer aired on TV, not even for a summarized repeat. However, we just learned that this year's awards will be streamed live on internet next Sunday (15 April). You will be able to follow online via olivierawards.com and bbc.com/radio2.
It will start with the arrival of the stars on the red carpet on 5:30pm and you will be able to see all that will be shown on the Red Button feature that our UK friends know on BBC Television. Should you have forgotten: Michael and Imelda will be comperes for the Olivier night.
It's a bit sad that Sweeney couldn't be considered for the nominations as it started too late, hence we hope for lots of nominations in 2013. However, it should be a great night out or rather in, with Michael. So be sure to tune in and enjoy our favourite Sweeney Todd leads.
Michael on This Morning posted:11/04/12
You really should tune in on "This Morning" tomorrow (Thursday) to see Michael. We are not sure, if he will be on to do an interview or if they visited Sweeney. However, tune in and have a look at Michael. This Morning will be on between 10:30am and 12:30pm on ITV1.
Another Lovely Sweeney Todd trailer posted:10/04/12
We can share another lovely promotional trailer featuring Michael and Imelda. Have a look it's well worth it!
Olivier and Radio & more posted:02/04/12
If you own a Mastercard or now someone who does you can now buy tickets to attend - no, not the tale of Sweeey Todd, but the Olivier Awards hosted by Michael and Imelda on 15 April at the Royal Opera House.
It has also been announced that Michael will be a guest at the Steve Wright Showon BBC Radio 2 this Wednesday (4 April), always on between 2 and 5 pm.
Finally there are a few photos availabe which were taken at the record signing at Dress Circle. You can see them via this link. Or at Dress Circle itself.
PS: The cast recording is available from online stores TODAY and already out of stock on Amazon! It has already been 14 days in the top 100 (Music) and is number 2 in the soundtrack charts! Congratulations everyone!
UPDATE: By now (3 April) it is even at number 1 in the Soundtrack & Musicals charts on Amazon!
Another Video Clip posted:25/03/12
Reelkandi has done a couple of interviews with the cast and audience members. Be sure not to miss it.
Click here, scroll down a bit, then click on Theatre 24/7 and click on the Sweeney Todd logo to watch it.
Video Clips about the Opening Night posted:21/03/12
The BBC offers a lovely video clip, including an interview with Michael. You can watch it here.
The Official Facebook page for Sweeney Todd in London shares this lovely video about the Press Night.
Press Night - Reviews, Photos and Sound clips posted:21/02/12
The highly anticipated and (partly) dreaded press night for Sweeney Todd is over. The first reviews come flooding in and you can read them in our reviews section, which will be updated as the reviews come in. So far they have been oly raves with mainly 5 star and some 4 star ratings. well-deserved!
Of course there have been quite a lot of photos coming in as well. For the start we have coverage from the usual sources. So be sure to follow our links to see some gorgeous photos of Michael, Imelda and Cathy. Additionally there have been some new production photos, which you should not miss.
Finally, before we start the photo frenzy. Amazon.co.uk has posted some sound clips of the Cast Recording. Be sure to listen and, should you like it, pre-order. The album will be published on 2 April 2012. Some lucky souls can already buy it in person at the Adelphi.
There is an interesting piece on Imelda in the Express (by Mark Shenton) and she says about Michael:
“Not only is he physically transformed, but also his voice. I wonder to myself: ‘Does anyone know what it feels like to stand here, being so close to the magnitude of his talent?’ ”
Sweeney Todd News Roundup posted:19/03/12
The cast recording will be available from the shops from 2 April 2012. You can pre-order your copy here.
Michael and Imelda were guests at Graham Norton’s BBC Radio show on Saturday. You can now listen to the interview here (there is also a lovely picture).
Further to that Part 2 of their radio interview with Magic Fm was recently added to the website. You can find it here.
Remember that Michael will be appearing at Alan Titchmarsh on Tuesday (20 March).
Appearances: Dress Circle has announced that Michael and Imelda will be there for an exclusive record signing on 31 March between 12 and 1 pm.
Shooting Star There will also be a charity evening in aid of Shooting Star and the Royal Theatrical Fund on 22 March with Meet and Greet. Tickets for this special Sweeney Todd performance are available via this link.
On 25 February the cast came together to do the cast recording for Sweeney Todd's London adventure. They are trying to get it ready for the Press Night on 20 March (available at the theatre) and it will probably available to non-theatre goers online and in the shops in the beginning of April.
The Sweeney Todd Facebook Group posted seven delightful photos of the recording. Two as teasers:
Michael and Imelda on Jonathan Ross posted:22/02/12
Michael and Imelda will be on The Jonathan Ross show on 3rd March 2912 to promote the upcoming Sweeney Todd in London. So be sure to tune in and watch on ITV 1 at 9.20pm. .
Whatsonstage Awards for Sweeney Todd posted:19/02/12
Chichester's Sweeney Todd has just won its very first award, hopefully of many more to come (fingers crossed).
Michael accepted "The LUCKINGS best regional producation" award for Sweeney Todd.
You can see a picture of Michael arriving for the awards following this link. Michael can be seen on picture 23. And we are sure there will be some more pictures soon from the Whatsonstage website.
Pointless question surrounding Michael posted:10/02/12
Pointless dedicated a whole question to Michael's musical career. An explanation for those who don't know Pointless: Three teams compete for the win. At this stage only two teams are left. 100 people are asked one question. Now the teams have to come up with an answer that is correct, but ideally no one has given this answer. The team that has the answer with the fewest right answers will get the point. Here the question was: Name as many Michael Ball West End Musicals as you can.
You can see the bit here ad below the clip there are the correct answers with the numbers. Now, would you have known all of them within one minute?
Phantom of the Opera: 42
Les Miserables: 16
Aspects of Love: 6
The Woman in White: 2
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: 1
Stephen Sondheim's Passion: 0
Whatsonstage Awards - Ceremony and Concert posted:10/02/12
Most of you have already heard of the Whatsonstage Awards (awarded by whatsonstage.com). Michael has won these awards for Edna and Count Fosco in the past. MIchael will speak on behalf of charity Stage One. Should you want to see him, there are still some tickets left. The ceremony will take place on 19 February at 7pm at the Prince of Wales Theatre (home to Aspects of Love in 1989). Just click here to get tickets.
West End Theatre Interview posted:10/02/12
Another short but sweet little talk with Michael and Imelda. Enjoy. .
Gaydar Radio Interview posted:08/02/12
Michael and Imelda were being interviewed by Gaydar radio. They filmed the interview and uploaded it to Youtube. You can watch it here. Enjoy.
BBC Radio 2 posted:05/02/12
Beginning on 21 February (Tuesday) Michael will host a six-part series on Songwriting Partnerships for BBC Radio 2. It's a one-hour-programme and will be aird at 10 pm. Find out more on the BBC's website.
Ticketmaster interview posted:01/02/12
Michael and Imelda Staunton have done a promotional interview with Ticketmaster and you can watch it here.
Charity Concert posted:31/01/12
Yesterday saw the Press Launch Event for Sweeney Todd in London. You can see some photos from the Event on Sweeney Todd London's Facebook page. You can see the photos here.
Radio News posted:30/01/12
The Fan Club let us know a list of radio stations where Michael will be giving interviews on Monday, 30 January as beginning of the Sweeney promotion. Mostly no definite air times as yet, so just keep your ears open:
Gaydar Radio (Breakfast Programme / entertainment news)
MAGIC London & National (“Magic Meets” – special)
BBC Kent BBC Derby - Andy Potter, 1pm
BBC Solent BBC FIVE LIVE - Richard Bacon, 2pm
Charity Concert posted:22/01/12
On 26 February 2012 Michael will be heading a prestigious lineup for a charity concert at the Savoy Theatre in London. It's called Rockin' Horses and will be an evening of music, comedy and poetry (performers include
Martin Shaw, Christopher Biggins, Natasha Hamilton, Jenny Seagrove, Nicola McAuliffe, Roy Marsden, Clive Rowe, Hardeep Singh Kholi and Sylvia Syms). It will be raising money for Shooting Star CHASE and the Mane Chance Sanctuary.
Tickets range from £55 (includes a glass of champagne, programme and best seats) to £25 and are available from the box office (0844 871 7627) or online. Enjoy!
TV News and more posted:09/01/12
Don't miss Michael's comments on BBC 4`s "The Story of Musicals", episode 2, which will air on Tuesday, 10 January at 9 pm.
You can still listen to Michael profiling Leslie Bricusse for BBC Radio 2via this link.
Another trailer for Sweeney Todd in London:
Q&A & Compilation & Radio posted:19/12/11
The Sondheim Society has released a very interesting Q&A session with Michael, which can be found on their website. Furthermore, they have gathered many reviews for the Chichester production, which can be found here. And we generally recommend the website in general for your perusal. Well worth keeping in your favourites!
We have been informed the the Doris Day interview scheduled to be aired at 9pm on 25 December is now being aired at 7pm that same day. Find all the information here.
On 16 January 2012 a new compilation called "Love changes Everything" will be released. The matrieal is not new but that's probably the point of a compilation. Find all the info on our album page.
WOS Awards & Media News posted:03/12/11
Sweeney Todd is nominated as Best Regional Production at the WhatsOnStageTheatregoers' Choice Awards. (YAY!) You can vote here: vote for Mr Todd.
Voting colses on 31 January 2012. The ceremony will be held on 19 February 2012. You can buy tickets for this event here.
03/12/11 – Channel 5, An Audience With Bob Monkhouse, 9 pm (repeat of from 1994, Michael is audience guest)
25/12/11 – BBC Radio 2, Michael's full length Doris Day interview, 9 pm
Chart Position & Sondheim Quote posted:21/11/11
The Heroes DVD entered the official Music DVD Chats at number 6. Congratulations for that! And well-deserved. It captured that night in Birmingham brilliantly.
Also Broadwayworld.com published an in depth interview with Stephen Sondheim (read full article here) and he mentiones Michael, Imelda and Sweeney:
PC: I've heard you have recently seen the new production in the UK starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton , yes?
PC: I've also heard you are a big fan of it, is that true?
SS: I thought it was wonderful. As a matter of fact, I stayed to see it twice - I was just going to go once to take notes and then go up to London the next day, but decided to stay in Chichester just for the sheer pleasure of seeing it again.
SS: Exactly. The two of them - Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball - are remarkable. Just remarkable.
PC: Is it true she was considered for the film version when Sam Mendes was at the helm in early pre-production?
SS: Not that I know of.
PC: Russell Crowe was being bandied about, was he not?
SS: Oh, Russell Crowe - I remember his being bandied about. But, no, I never remember her being up for it.
PC: Will this production be transferring soon then?
SS: Yeah, it's going to the Adelphi Theatre on March 10.
PC: It's definitely happening, then!
Sweeney Todd Website posted:10/11/11
While there might not be too much on there yet, it already is looking rather nice: The official Sweeney Todd goes West End website. Enjoy!
And don't forget to book your tickets which will go on sale tomorrow (11 November).
UPDATE: Tickets are on sale NOW! (10 November) via Seetickets.
QVC Interview Clips posted:08/11/11
Apart from the TV interview Michael did another interview for QVC. It includes two lovely clips of "My Friends" from Sweeney Todd. Have a look and enjoy:
Sweeney to go to the West End posted:04/11/11
One of the worst kept secrets ever is finally officially out. Sweeney Todd will find its way to the West End and maybe later on to Broadway. Sweeney will be back cutting throats at the Adelphi Theatre.
According to the Fan Club Michael's first performance as Sweeney Todd will be 10 March 2012 (Previews start). The last performance will definitely happen on 22 September 2012. Michael's holiday is supposed to happen from 30 July 2012 and will last two weeks. The dates could still change. As soon as we have more news, we will post them and now off to Chichester for the final Sweeney's in Chichester.
Sandra's Website posted:02/11/11
Many of you will remember the phenomenal Sandra Marvin from Hairspray and Michael's recent Heroes tour. She has now launched her own website and we hope many of you will visit her there: Sandra's website.
DVD Trailer + Media News posted:01/11/11
Emilie from Universal sent us another link, this time it's for the official DVD trailer:
Also the Fan Club sent out information on Michael's upcoming media appearances (subject to change) to promote the DVD:
On Monday Whatsonstage.com will be publishing an interview with Michael. There is a lovely preview of it on Youtube. Be sure not to miss it.
Interview (audio) posted:26/10/11
Ian Maurice from
Radio 4BC in Brisbane, Australia, went to see Sweeney Todd in Chichester and interviewed Michael there. You can listen to the interview at the Sondheim Society's website. Click on play at the podcast player at the button right side. Enjoy!
Heroes DVD Clips posted:25/10/11
This morning we received a lovely Mail from Universal. There are some promotional Video clips for Michael's upcoming DVD release (14 November 2011). You can watch them below.
The Fan Club informed us, that unfortunately Michael will now not be appearing at the Weekend Wogan in Aid of Children in Need concert on Sunday, 30 October in London.
This concert had been agreed on prior to his Sweeney run and now it's clear that he needs the Sunday off to recover from this exhausting role. Apparently there might be some form of TV appearance in support of Children in Need in the pipeline which will happen after 5 November.
And finally Michael shares a duet with Alfie Boe on his latest album called Alfie. They duet Empty Chairs at Empty Tables which is an interesting concept indeed. You can order the CD here. The album will be released on 31 October.
Radio Show posted:05/09/11
While we had to bid farewell to Sunday Brunch for 2011 this Sunday (sob sob) it has been announced that Michael will participate in BBC Radio 4's "The Reunion" programme which "reunites a group of people intimately involved in a moment of modern history". In this particular case the group will discuss Les Misérables. Along with Michael the group will consist of
producer Cameron Mackintosh, composer Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyricist Herbert Kretzmer and director John Caird.
The episode will be aired on Sunday 11 September, 11:15 am.
Sunday Brunch posted:28/08/11
Unfortunately next week (4 September) will see Michael's last Sunday Brunch for this year, although it will only be the seventh show of this run.
According to the BBC Michael and our most loved radio show will be back in January. We don't have the exact date yet, but of course we will let you know, once we know.
Final DVD Cover posted:16/08/11
Universal was kind enough to send the final cover art for the upcoming Heroes DVD to us and asked that we would share it with all of you. Our pleasure! Heroes Live will be released on 14 November.
Click on the pictures for bigger versions.
It has been confirmed that Sunday Brunch will return to BBC Radio 2 on 24 July (at last!). We do not yet know whether he will do 12 weeks again, so the final few Brunches are labled with a (?) in the schedule as they coincide with Sweeney Todd. But anyways, we cannot wait to tune in again at 11am (UK time).
DVD extras, links and Sunday Brunch posted:30/06/11
An update on the Sunday Brunch front: It will still be Terry Wogan on the 3rd of June, so fingers crossed for the next week!
Talking about radio - here you can find some photos and a video with Michael having fun at "2 Day".
In a Live Nation add they listed the extras we can expect on the upcoming tour DVD:
Features of this hugely-anticipated title include:
The full-length performance, including the songs I Can't Help Falling In Love With You , For Once In My Life , Avenues and Alleyways as well as some of Michael's classics such as One Step Out of Time , Love Changes Everything plus many more.
An exclusive look at the dress rehearsal, including interviews from Michael and the crew.
Behind-the-scenes footage filmed at the Birmingham show.
During the Portsmouth concert Michael announced that Sunday Brunch will be back on 3 July. So get your diaries set and don't miss it.
Furthermore MIchael will be participating on BBC Radio 2's "2 Day". on Wednesday, 22 June. He will be on at 2pm together with David Jacobs.
"Michael Ball and David Jacobs join forces live on 2DAY as they present the very best of the Sunday schedule. Reflecting the mood of Sundays with great music from the 40s through to the present day. Desmond Carrington phones up for a chat live from his home in Scotland, plus there's an exclusive live performance from Michael Ball." (BBC Radio 2).
So, busy times ahead, be sure not to miss it.
2nd Nottingham concert cancelled posted:08/06/11
As you can read on the right hand side in the Twitter window: Michael had to cancel tonight's concert due to a throat infection that progressed into a chest infection. His words:
Nightmare. Infection gone on to chest and having to reschedule tonight's gig. Gutted and so sorry to disappoint everyone. Will keep u posted
So keep your eyes peeled to his Twitter account and of course we will inform you. As to Michael: Get better soon, take care and hope you'll get some TLC!
Chichester Festival Video posted:05/06/11
The Chichester Festival website has launched a video of interviews on the upcoming season. See what Michael and Imelda Staunton have to say about Sweeneyhere.
The One Show posted:03/06/11
You can watch Michael today (3 June) on BBC1's The One Show at 7 pm. So set those recorders everyone!
DVD Cover Draft posted:24/05/11
Universal was so kind to send us a "work in progress" cover for the tour dvd to be filmed at the second Birmingham concert! It is scheduled for release on 14 November 2011. They also promised this will be the best tour yet (judging on the dress rehaersals). Not that we are curious or anything... So enjoy this first draft cover:
Click image for high-resolution version.
Your vote counts & Photos posted:18/05/11
The TV Choice Awards are voted for by the public. This year The Michael Ball Show is among those nominated for Best Daytime Show. With a few simply clicks you can cast your vote in nearly 20 categories (or only vote for Michael's show and skip the rest;-)). Happy voting!
Also Noel Fitzpatrick has uploaded some more photos of Michael and the ward opening on a Facebook page. Enjoy!
Vet Photos posted:17/05/11
On his Twitter page Noel Fitzpatrick published a few photos from the opening of the "Fritz Ritz". Read all about Freddie's big day on Twitter and on the doctor's website.
Freddie is home and so happy to be in his own bed. @ fitzpatrickref have worked a miracle. Without them he wouldn't be with us, simple as! X
Vet News and more TV posted:12/05/11
Michael will open a new ward at Noel Fitzpatrick's practice on 16 May. The passionate vet was guest at Sunday Brunch on 27/02/11and has operated Michael's dog Freddie after a car accident. You can read all about the opening on the good doctor's website. Here is a quote from the article:
In addition to opening the new facility, Michael Ball will have the â€˜see out consultation' for his dog, Freddie, who has been recovering after a major hip operation at the practice. Freddie is one of only eight dogs in the world to have a revolutionary new kind of hip replacement put in after he was involved in a traffic accident which destroyed his hip.
Michael commented, â€œWhat Fitzpatrick Referrals has managed to do is truly remarkable. Noel and his team really do care deeply about each and every one of these patients as if they were their own pets. The attention to detail is staggering. I truly have no idea what happens in the operating theatre â€“ though when I see the x-rays, I know that's remarkable; but when I look at the level of hands-on care and compassion shown by all of team, I'm overwhelmed. I am hugely honoured to be associated with Fitzpatrick Referrals and what this practice stands for. I know that Freddie could not have been in a better place on earth, so I'm incredibly proud and excited to be cutting the ribbon on the final stage of what I see as a medical hotel for animals of the highest order. The Fitz Ritz even!â€
In addition to the appearance on Paul O'Grady the Fan Club lets us know that Michael will also be a guest at BBC Breakfast on 23 May between 6:00am and 9:15am.
TV and DVD News posted:04/05/11
The BBC2 website lists Michael as one of the guests on tonight's Never Mind The Buzzcocks episode (10pm). This should be a repeat from 2 December 2009. So if you missed it back then, now's your chance.
Also you can note down 20 May, as Michael will then be a guest at Paul O'Grady Live, 9 - 10pm, ITV1.
It has now been confirmed that the second Birmingham concert (11 June) of the tour is being filmed for a later DVD release. (YAY!)
Tour Rumour posted:21/04/11
There is an article in The Northern Echo saying Michael will tour with dancer Gary Adam Watson:
"Mr Watson, who is just about to embark on a nationwide tour with the Michael Ball show Heroes, gave workshops using music and dance from shows such as Mama Mia, Chicago and Cats as well taking some inspiration from popular chart tracks."
Charity Auction posted:19/04/11
Royal Blind is hosting a charity auction on Ebay. Among the items is an Easter Extravaganza Egg signed by Michael. They say:
You are bidding on a totally unique Hairspray themed egg signed by one of Britain 's leading musical theatre stars, Michael Ball.
Michael is an Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and popular TV host and radio presenter. Since making his West End debut 25 years ago as Marius in the original production of Les Miserables, Michael has created a string of leading characters in the West End and on Broadway in shows such as Aspects of Love, Passion, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Phantom of the Opera, Woman In White and Hairspray.
In the multi award-winning Broadway musical Hairspray Michael played larger-than-life Edna Turnblad, for which he won both the Whatsonstage.com and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. The egg contains jewellery worn by Michael in this stage show .
On 31 March Michael will be a guest at Fern Britton's new show on Channel 4, 5:00 - 6:00 pm.
Video Interview posted:23/03/11
Watch Michael talk about Heroes, Les Mis and Sweeney on reelkandi.tv for 6 minutes. Enjoy!
Heroes Chart Position posted:16/03/11
Heroes entered at position ten. This is the first top ten position since First Love in 1996!
Congratulations Michael and very well done!
Confeesion time: Imagine, not only Michael knowing you, but following your every step. Listening to the things you say, listening to your rant, to your gushing, watching you make a fool of yourself (okay, most of us have already been there, cough) and even better sharing what you have to say with others. A dream you say? Not any longer...
Okay, here's the downer, he won't be at your doorstep and vow his everlasting love to you (listen away boys). That's Cathy's priviledge and rightly so.....
BUT: You have the chance to have Michael as a follower on Twitter. He will follow you for 90 days, he will re-tweet at least one of your tweets and send a tweet including your twitter name. So, yes, you have 90 lovely days with our Michael Ball. And Michael being Michael you even get a bonus, you will be able to stammer just live in front of him as he invites you to see one of his Heroes concerts and you will be invited to come backstage at one of the concerts. As we all know that's when most of us are at the worst ever state to meet Michael, in a post-concert high, but still you will surely enjoy it! So hurry, get your bidding hat on and move over to Ebay and bid for our one and only Michael Ball.
Michael seems to have done a brilliant job according to all the lovely and good comments that can be read here and there on the web.
The not so perfect news though: The categories where Love Story was nominated were won by other productions. Best female lead goes to Sheridan Smith for Legally Blonde. She will be Michael's guest on next Sunday Brunch. Should be interesting so don't forget to tune in. Best male lead went to Passion's David Saxton. Feels weird and a bit like: Correct role, wrong actor and 15 years too late ;-). And the best new musical went to Legally Blonde as well. Once we find pictures of Michael, we will let you know. Unfortunately we are not able to receive the "Red Button", but that means "The Book Club" clip will be on soon.
The air time for The TV Book Club featuring Michael has changed. It will be shown tomorrow (Sunday, 13 March 2011) at 6:30pm on More4 and is going to be repeated on Channel 4 at 12:05 noon on 14 March . Yes, unfortunately that first date is going to collide with the Oliviers! And guess what: Coming Home is going to be repeated on BBC Wales at 6pm as well. So that gives us Michael on three channels at exactly the same time!
Sorry for the very late heads up, but Debbie on the forum only found out about it last night. Thanks for that Debbie!
QVC live online posted:09/03/11at 9:05am
Good news for us overseas fans and for the national Michael Ball fans,who have to work tomorrow morning, but might have access to the internet.
QVC' Morning show,where Michael will be interviewed and will be singing three (!!!) songs (New York State of Mind, Play Me,For once in my life), is aired live on the internet and as I just checked, it can be watched from abroad!
And do not forget to watch him on QVC tomorrow at 9 am.
Michael to present Olivier Awards! posted:03/03/11
These days we don't dare shutting down our computers. Not an hour seems to pass without something new to tell about Michael. All I wanted to tell you this evening was, that you should have a look at Michael's Official website that underwent a terrific reformation. Be sure to check MichaelBall.co.uk.
However, as you can see by the heading: We are not going to be able to listen to Michael broadcasting from the Olivier Awards as he is going to present it together with Imelda Staunton. You can watch it live on BBC Red Button or listen to Radio 2's coverage. Click here to read the press release.
Twitter, Facebook, Youtube posted:02/03/11
More and more celebs get active on Twitter and Facebook. And guess who is among the latest? You guessed right. Michael promised to give Twitter another try and he recently opened his own Facebook page and Youtube Channel. So be sure to check them out.
You can listen to samples of all songs on Michael's new album Heroes here on Amazon. Enjoy!
Open Air Concert coming up? posted:26/02/11
Scarborough has a lovely new refursbished and huge Open Air Theatre (6500 seats). Their 2011 season is about to be announced shortly and the Scarborough Evening News just mentionned in an article that Michael Ball is one confirmed act. So will this be the first (or maybe only) summer concert for Michael this year? We certainly will keep you posted on this. For now this is stricly in the rumour category.
Daily Mail Article posted:26/02/11
The Daily Mail published a highly interesting article of Michael remembering his school years. And it features this photo of him as a 14-year-old. Don't miss out!
Source: The Daily Mail
Heroes Update posted:19/02/11
We finally received the official confirmation and the press release regarding the release of the upcoming Heroes album. The album will finally be released on 14 March 2011!!!! And the artwork will really be the new one. Good news :-). And as always, you can
Michael to stand in for Lorraine posted:19/02/11
Once more Michael will be sitting in for Lorraine Kelly and it will be the whole of the upcoming week. The be sure to set your recorders to ITV 1 between 8:30 am and 9:25 am.
The following week Michael will be a guest on Lorraine's show. That will be on Wednesday, 2 March 2011.
Leading to the release of his next album Michael will be around quite a lot, so be sure to keep your eyes open on TV and on the different newspapers and magazins. Some of the interviews we just learned about:
Yours Magazine: 22 February 2011
Best Magazine: 22 February 2011
Daily Mail Weekend Edition: 26 February 2011
Once we hear about more TV or newspaper "appearances" we will let you know.
Sweeney Todd posted:17/02/11
One of the longest ever anticipated shows (well for Michael Ball fans) has just been announced. Michael will be appearing in and as Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber from Fleet Street. So you are eager for the details?
The show will run from 24 September till 5 November 2011. Michael will be joined by Imelda Staunton as has been mentionned quite a lot of times. To see Michael you will have to get to the Chichester Festival Theatre. Tickets will go into public sale on 28 February 2011 only via mail or internet. So time to work out your travel plans.
Heroes release postponed? posted:07/02/11
For a couple of days there have been rumours about a delay of the release date of Michael's upcoming album. This was mainly due to the big re-salers Amazon and HMV changing the release date to 21 March 2011. Now Play joined their bandwagon and we get more and more sure they might be right, especially as Play has a different cover now.Changing the cover so late certainly seems a good enough reason for postponement. However, you can still
Now the big question. Should this second cover be the real one? Which one do you prefer?
Rumour: Michael at the Olivier Awards posted:07/02/11
Great Olivier Awards news. Not only have Emma Williams and Michael Xavier been nominated for Awards in the categories of best Actor and best Actress in a musical, but we will be able to enjoy quite a bit of Michael. According to the Official Olivier Awards website and Michael will be presenting a live Radio 2 programme to coincide with the awards ceremony. The ceremony will take place on 13 March.
Avenues and Alleyways Track Premiere on Sunday Brunch posted:06/02/11
Michael's guest was Tony Christie and though Michael never plays himself he used this special occasion for the world premiere of "Avenues and Alleyways": A song he duetted with Tony Christie himself for inclusion on his upcoming concert. Sunday Brunch was just uploaded. So you can listen to the track now. Just visit this link and fast forward up to 1:33:15 and there it is in full length.
Alternatively a fan on the Fan Club Forum uploaded a clip of the song here.
Heroes Track List posted:05/02/11
Thanks to Play.com we now have the song-list and the supposedly cover art for Michael's upcoming album Heroes (pre-order here).
Let The Heartaches Begin
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
For The Good Times
When I Fall in Love
You Don't Know Me
Weekend In New England
New York State Of Mind
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You
He'll Have To Go
For Once In My Life
Avenues And Alleyways Duet With Tony Christie (Bonus Track)
More Radio Dates posted:13/01/11
List was updated!!!
As you could already tell by our latest updates: Micahel is busy promoting "Love Story". There will be quite a lot of radio interviews over the coming days. Most have been pre-recorded today. You can listen to them online, just use the links. Be sure not to miss the following interviews:
Another well-deserved nomination for Edna. Michael is nominated for the M. E. N. Theatre Awards 2010 in the category "Actor in a Visiting Production". Other nominees in this category are Christopher Connel, Bob Golding and John Owen-Jones.
Furthermore Hairspray got its own nomination for Best Musical. It is competing with Les Mis, The Sound of Music and Spamalot.
The winners will be announced in February. So keep your fingers crossed.
Michael launched a camaign in aid of "Help for Heroes". You can send a text and it will be displayed on screens put up on Princes Street in Edinburgh. You can see the complete info on the pics, just follow this link.
Or just let Michael himself explain it to you. Just see this youtube clip.
TV Appearances + Radio posted:23/12/10
Maybe the last TV update for 2010...
Michael is listed to appear in the following shows:
Today we received the following e-mail from Universal Pictures and of course we are sharing it with you:
Michael has kindly agreed to auction off the chance to meet him and have exclusive backstage access on his Heroes Tour next year.
The prize details are as follows
Winner & 1 Friend will get the chance to go to one of the dates on his
Heroes Tour and watch Michael as he sound checks for the show. They will
then have dinner with and a chance to chat with Michael backstage and
then get 2 tickets to watch the evening performance. Signed goodies will
also be provided.
The prize will be auctioned on Classic FM as part of their Christmas
Appeal on Wednesday 15th December at approximately 07:15 to 08:15.
The money raised will help Classic FM fund over 4,000 music therapy sessions for children living with illness, disability, trauma or
isolation; transforming their lives through the power of music.
To all those having a go at bidding, good luck!
UPDATE: The successful bidder won the price for 3000 £. Congratulations!
Tomorrow (Friday, 10 December 2010) Michael will be interviewed on Smooth Radio. You will be able to listen live to the interview via this link. He will be on at 11.25am. Curiously there is as well an interview with Michael online you can "listen again" to.
Michael also gave his "Top Ten" (rather top 7) song choices:
Alicia Keys - Empire state of mind
Rumer - (anything)
Take that - (anything from new album)
The Script - (anything)
Bee Gees - How deep is your love
Dolly Parton - Islands in the stream
George Michael - Amazing
TV Reminder posted:07/12/10
Tomorrow (8 December) Michael will appear on the following shows:
Michael will be on the Alan Titchmarsh show tomorrow (Tuesday, 30 November). You can watch it on ITV 1 starting at 5:00 pm.
Furthermore Michael's Welsh ancestry was uncovered for BBC One Wales show "Coming Home". Michael will be featured within the episode that is going to be aired Wednesday, 8 December from 7:30 - 8pm. Please note that this can only be viewed on BBC One Wales.
TV News posted:29/11/10
Michael will appear on BBC Breakfast today (29 November). The show is on BBC1 from 6:00 am - 9:15 am. Enjoy!
PS: Sorry about being late with this. We had a bit of a travel nightmare, getting home from snowy Dublin.
TV Appearance & Love Story Reminder posted:23/11/10
Michael will be appearing on RTE's Daily Show on 23 November at 4:50 pm. Enjoy!
Don't forget to book tickets for Love Story, which will open on 27 November at the Duchess Theatre in London and is produced by none other than our Mr Michael Ball.
TV Show Rumour posted:19/11/10
The Sun runs a story today about Michael landing a second series of his TV Show. We have heard this being rumoured in various places now, but have no official confirmation as yet:
MICHAEL BALL BACK FOR TEATIME SHOW
MICHAEL Ball has landed a second series of his teatime show.
ITV bosses were delighted with the success of the musical star's weekday slot earlier this year.
They now want Michael to do another four weeks.
A source said: "Michael was a gamble as he is fairly new to the chatshow thing. But he's quite a down-to-earth guy and people like that."
Ball's show is expected to become a permanent fixture, alternating with the Alan Titchmarsh Show.
About two million tuned in to the last series to see guests including Terry Wogan, Arlene Phillips and Fern Britton.
Universal was so kind to send us the offical trailer for Michael's new DVD "A Life on Stage" released on 29 November. It includes a preview of the behind the scenes bits, too! Enjoy!
Charity auction posted:15/110/10
In aid of the Great Ormond Street Children Hospital there will be a celebrity star cards auction. Michael signed one and you will be able to bid for it between 25 November and 5 December. To view his star card now click here.
For more information about the star cards auctions click here.
Two more Concerts posted:12/11/10
Additional to the second Birmingham concert there will also be two other second nights at the Heroes Tour:
- Nottingham Royal Centre, 8 June 2011
- Royal Albert Hall, London, 22 june 2011
Tickets go on general sale on Friday 12 November at 9 am. You can buy tickets at Ticketmaster, Seetickets or the venues themselves.
DVD Clips and Cover posted:03/11/10
We were sent the links to two clips (Mercy and Empty Chairs) of Michael's upcoming DVD release "A Life on Stage" as well as a large version of the cover to share with you all. Enjoy!
It has been announced that there will be a secondBirmingham concert next year. The additional show will be at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on Saturday 11 June 2011. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 29 October at 9 am. You can buy tickets at Ticketmaster, Seetickets or the venue itself.
DVD Releases posted:26/10/10
Michael will be releasing a DVD covering his favourite 25 songs from previous concert DVDs. Furthermore it will include 45 minutes of specially filmed bonus material.
Michael Ball - A Life On Stage will be released on 29 November 2010 - Order here.
Furthermore Michael was part of the 25th anniversary party of Les Mis at the O2. You can order the DVD here.
And hopefully there will be some more pics coming up. For now Philip Schofields pic from his twitter page has to to.
And now this lovely Pic on Getty
UK Tour Announced + Radio News posted:21/09/10
Finally they are there to be published: The long, long awaited dates for Michael's 2011 UK Tour. The sale for the general public starts at 24 September (Friday), 9 am. You might want to check Ticketmaster, Seetickets or the venues themselves.
Naturally we have our own Tour page up and running now.
27th Usher Hall, Edinburgh
28th SECC, Glasgow
30th City Hall, Newcastle
1st O2 Apollo, Manchester
2nd City Hall, Sheffield
4th Empire Theatre, Liverpool
7th Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
10th Symphony Hall, Birmingham
12th Millennium Centre, Cardiff
17th Guildhall, Portsmouth
18th Colston Hall, Bristol
19th Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
24th Pavilions, Plymouth
26th Brighton Centre, Brighton
There are also some radio news:
Apologies for missing out on telling you about Michael's contribution to BBC Radio 2's new series called The Musical:
"A series of documentaries celebrating the most popular and successful form of theatrical entertainment in the world. Each programme is presented by a leading name from the world of musical theatre."
There are 8 episodes and Michael hosted this week's called Breaking the Mould. It it still available on listen again. The series is on every Monday from 10 pm.
New Interview about the MB Show, Cathy and his album posted:27/08/10
There is a new interview with Michael in the Daily Mail. It has some interesting news about the ratings of Michael's chat show, which are brilliant. Furthermore he talks about his upcoming album and the tour and last but not least about Cathy. Hope you will enjoy it.
The first celebrity guests on Michael's chat show posted:15/08/10
Don't forget to watch ITV1 tomorrow at 3pm for Michael's first chat show. Read here, who his first guests will be:
Monday, 16 August 2010: Katie Price and Les Dennis
Tuesday, 17 August 2010: Katie Derham, Russ Abbott, The Saturdays
Wednesday, 18 August 2010: Bernard Crippins, Joanna Lumley, Adam Garcia
Thursday, 19 August 2010: Christopher Biggins, Jennie McAlpine
Friday, 20 August 2010: Konnie Huq, Omid Djalili
Monday, 23 August: Colin and Justin, Jimi Mistry, Ellie Goulding
Michael will be singing during the first Monday show and on Friday, 20 August.
Find the guests for the following weeks on our Michael Ball Showpage.
Interesting Interviews posted:11/08/10
As you all know by now Michael starts recordings of his own TV chat show today. They will be aired from next week on and therefore you should have your eyes on the TV magazines for mentions and interviews with Michael.
We will try and post them all here. The first one you can find on the The TV Choice website. Have a look and enjoy.
Furthermore, we are delighted to let you all know that Michael will give a very special charity concert in aid of the Shooting Star Children's Hospice. It will be held at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London (where he first appeared in as Alex in Aspects of Love) on Sunday 10 October. Tickets are priced between 65£ and 75£ and are available at Delfont Mackintosh Theatres and Platinum Package deals at Ticketmaster.
More Edna for Michael posted:31/07/10
After many speculations and rumours it has now been confirmed that Michael will be appearing at the (for now) last venue of the tour: The Bristol Hippodrome. Hairspray will be on from 12 - 30 April 2011.
Tickets can be booked here. Hope to see many of you at the last night!
YouTube Link and Air Date posted:11/07/10
Following the articel (with pic) on Shooting Star's 5th birthday you can also watch a clip in YouTube with interviews and bits from the big birthday bash. Michael speaks at about 6:20 minutes.
Also we now know that Channel 4's "5 O'Clock Show" with Michael as a guest will be aired on 15 July at 5 pm.
Michael on TV in Ireland
Michael will be appearing on "Saturday Night with Miriam" to promote his concert in Killruddery House.
The show will be aired at 9.30 pm on RTÉ. So be sure to tune in, if you have the chance.
Open Air Concert in Ireland
On Sunday, 29 August, Michael will be performing at Killruddery House in Ireland. You can find out all about the venue here.
Ticket prices are vary between 49,50 € (that's about 40 Pounds) and 105 € (that's about 85 Pounds). The concert is fully seated.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, 2 July, at 9 am. Click here to order.
Fingers crossed for a dry day!
Michaels TV Chat Show posted:24/06/10
We all certainly have been anxious to hear something more about Michaels upcoming chat show. Today there is a small article in the Sun:
"ITV HAS signed up musicals star Michael Ball's daytime chat show - a day after we revealed David Dickinson's afternoon series is being shown the door.
The antiques expert's 3pm ITV1 programme is being axed after just one run.
The Michael Ball Show launches later in the summer, with a mix of entertainment, discussion and showbiz - as well as Ball, 47, singing.
Ball said: "I'm really looking forward to getting started.""
We just got an e-mail from Mr Nick Micouris who is working on the "5 O'Clock Show" (he recruits TV audiences, his company is called Lost in TV). He said Michael will be a guest there and the recording would be on Monday, 12 July from 12:15 - 2:15 pm and what they still need is fans in the audience.
He asked whether we could help him there. So, anyone up for a TV recording? Just apply online via the given link.
Michael on BBC Radio Solent posted:21/05/10
Again Michael has been interviewed. This time he was interviewed for BBC Radio Solent on Tuesday of this week. The interview was aired on Wednesday. You should be able to listen again. Enjoy
Michael on BBC 1 South posted:13/05/10
Michael has been interviewed on BBC 1 South. It's just a short promotional bit for Hairspray, but you will surely enjoy it. Have a look here.
More TV News posted:13/05/10
Thanks to the Fan Club we can tell you that Michael will be on TV twice today (13 May):
Michael Ball and Les Dennis have been interviewed on STV's "The Hour". You can see the video clip either using Windows Media Player or via Youtube. Be aware that the video clip is rather huge and will take some time to download.
Thursday 29 April: "The Hour", STV, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday 13 May: "The Wales Show", ITV Wales, 11:05 pm.
The Stage Podcast posted:16/04/10
We are still catching up with the news. Sorry to be a bit late with this. Michael gave an interview to The Stage wich is available as a download from iTunes or as MP3 file. Check out their website to hear what he has to say about Edna and being a producer.
Michael talking about Stephen Sondheim posted:29/03/10
We just got the heads up for a piece taken from the Guardian. Michael speaks in depth about Stephen Sondheim. Describing what makes him so special and why he enjoys his work so much. Be sure to read it.
Movie Toons Clip posted:28/03/10
After Michael's appearance on Movie Toons we just uploaded the video of his interpretation of "The Bare Necessities". It may take some time to open.
MPEG 4 File (works on my computer with the QuickTime Player)
Wales Online released an interview with Michael's Tour Wilbur Les Dennis which is full of wonderful quotes about working on Hairspray and with Michael. Also there is a little video on the upcoming Hairspray opening in Cardiff. Visit their website for the video and interview, which also can be found on our Interview pages.
BBC Radio Wales Interview posted:25/03/10
Nichola Heywood Thomas interviewed Michael for the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show. This will be aired today, on Thursday 25 March at 6:30 pm. When you are in the UK you can listen to the interview by clicking on the player embedded on the BBC's Blog .
This is what it says:
Michael Ball dons his fatsuit and frock to reprise his role as Edna Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre from the end of March.
The West End star told me he's moving into the realms of production (or over to the dark side as he put it) when I interviewed him for the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show.
Michael's a singer with a massive fan base, platinum and gold albums and a string of musical theatre successes to his name.
He told me he'd loved Hairspray so much when he saw it on Broadway and was so keen to get the part of Edna when the show first opened in London that he went along with every other hopeful to audition for the part.
Now, fair play, many other performers with over 20 years' experience might have thought themselves too grand to do that!
You can hear the complete interview with Michael on the Radio Wales Arts Show on Thursday 25 March.
Loose Women posted:22/03/10
Guess what: we managed to upload a video of the "Loose Women" interview from this afternoon.It seems picture and sound are not 100 % synchron. Sorry for that. Will try to improve that tomorrow, but just to let you see it: Let's have a try:
TV News and Shrek Rumour posted:19/03/10
UPDATE(21/03/10): Gill and Maureen from the Fan Club have talked to Michael's management. Shrek is not on, Sweeney still is. Phew.
Michael will be making an appearance at ITV1's Loose Women on Monday 22 March. The show is on between 12:30 and 1:30 pm. Enjoy!
Also there is an article by Baz Bamigboye in the Mail Online about Michael being rumoured as a possible candidate to play Shrek in the musical production of the famous movie about a friendly green ogre. But read for yourselves:
Guess who's having a Ball with Shrek as movie musical makes its way to the stage...
Michael Ball is in the early stages of negotiations to play the title role in the musical Shrek, which is expected to head this way next year. The show had a short-lived run on Broadway, but the producers have always believed it would fare better here. Jeffrey Katzenberg, the DreamWorks animation chief behind the film and the show, told me the Shrek movies and DVDs have always been immensely popular in the UK, and for that reason he believes the stage show will do well here, too.
When I saw it in New York, it looked fantastic, and had some incredible illusions and costumes - but not one memorable song. Since then, however, I'm told the book has been extensively re-written with new numbers. I sure hope so. Actually, there was one fun song about flatulence sung by Shrek and Princess Fiona that should go down a gas on the London stage.
But if the producers can come to a deal with Ball, who will be asking for something in the range of £40,000 to £50,000 a week, then they will have a major draw. As he proved with Hairspray, Ball knows how to attract punters. After he left that show, ticket sales dropped.
The clever thing about Ball is that even though he was in a frock and a fat suit, an essential humanity came through and, more importantly, audiences believed in his Edna Turnblad. The thing about Shrek on Broadway was that I felt nothing for the poor green chap from the swamp. Ball will at least allow us to empathise with Shrek, and that's going to be half the battle.
I don't know where this Shrek move will leave Sweeney Todd, which Ball and Imelda Staunton were to have done at Chichester next year. There were rumblings that it wasn't going to come together anyway. We'll see.
Meanwhile, the Shrek producers, including Sam Mendes for Neal Street Productions, have to find a venue. They've looked at the Palladium, which won't be available. They've also been to the Palace, which might be free next year, as I'm hearing the musical version of the film Ghost might not be ready in time (book and score problems). And perhaps Oliver! might have ended its run at the Theatre Royal, Drury lane.
Hampton Court posted:14/03/10
On 19 June (Saturday) Michael will once more be appearing at the Hampton Court Festival. Official relase date for the tickets is 22 March. Happy booking everyone!
Love Never Dies Premiere posted:10/03/10
Many of you will know that "Love never dies" (sequel of Phantom of the Opera) premiered last night at London's Adelphi Theatre. It's no big surprise Michael has been among the guests. And of course there are some photos of Michael and Cathy.
Just have a look at this link . If and I am sure we will find more pics, we will keep you posted of course.
Okay, we never tried this, but with some luck it might work and you will be able to watch Michael on Jonathan Ross.
And now the second part :-):
RTE clip posted:06/03/10
Irish television is much nicer to us oversea fans than BBC. RTE has the Late Late Show from yesterday available to watch online AND you can even see it outse Ireland.
So click here and enjoy Michael who will enter the stage after 1:14 hours. Enjoy.
Stephen Moyer Interview with Michael mention posted:06/03/10
Our favourite vampire Stephen Moyer (from True Blood, who was on Jonathan Ross as well) was interviewed by George Lamb on BBC Radio 6 this morning. At the end of the lovely interview they shortly spoke about Michael (and Gaga). Maybe not interesting for many of you, but all those True Blood fans would surely love this to to happen. Stephen said:
He's (Michael) actually got his own chat show coming up apparently. He's asked me to come up and do a little duet with him.
Side remark for True Blood fans: You will be in for a treat. Stephen will play the piano and sing during episode 5 or 6 of the second series. He does incredibly well! If you want to listen to the whole interview click here. Thanks to All Stephen Moyer .com for sharing the interview.
Rumour: Sweeney Todd Update posted:05/03/10
In addition to Baz Bamingboye's article published at the beginning of November we just found another blog that mentions Sweeney Todd will open in Chichester in Spring 2011 and afterwards move into the West End. It reads:
Ball is scheduled to open a new production of Sweeney Todd at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Spring 2011, alongside Imelda Staunton who will play the role of Mrs Lovett. The production will then move into the West End in the Summer of 2011.
Michael on TV again posted:05/03/10
Ireland is going to vote for their Eurovision Song Contest entry during the Late Late Show on RTE One. On their site they announced Michael Ball would be due to appear in tonights show. So be sure to check it out. It will be on air at 10:35 pm on RTE One
New Compilation ?? posted:05/03/10
On Ebay there is a new compilation consisting of 3 CDs for sale. According to the text it will be released on 29 March 2010. It seems to be another CD including his most loved songs. As soon as we found out some more details we will let you know. At least the cover would be lovely, don't you think?
Pics of Michael at Jonathan Ross and Dancing on Ice posted:04/03/10
While doing some research we found some lovely pics of Michael at Jonathan Ross, which was recorded yesterday. Further down you can find more pics of him at Dancing on Ice.
Rumour: Michael doing Sweeney Todd and new chat show posted:04/03/10
We just learned in a blog what Michael said during the Jonathan Ross interview.
He reveals he'll star in title role of Sweeney Todd next year and confirms a new chat show."
Be sure not to miss it tomorrow at 10:35 pm on BBC One.
Follow the links to the initial blogs giving this information: Link 1 and Link 2
BBC Radio 2 - A Date With Dolly posted:03/03/10
The longawaited air date for Michael's up, close and personal interview with Dolly Parton has been announced. Next Tuesday (9 March) at 10:30 pm you can hear the first 60 minutes of "A Date With Dolly: Michael Ball Meets Dolly Parton".
In the first of two programmes, Michael Ball fulfills his longtime ambition to meet the woman who's bigger than country music itself, Dolly Parton.
The series, which coincides with the release of Dolly's CD and DVD package 'Live From London,' breaks loose from the familiar "life story" approach to this Nashville superstar. Instead, in a long and revealing conversation, Ball finds out what makes Parton tick, how she keeps her family life private, how she became a canny businesswoman and how even she takes the wig off sometimes.
Also in tonight's first part, Dolly talks about why she turned down Elvis and how she went about writing songs for the Broadway production of her hit movie '9 To 5.' Plus live versions of 'Jolene,' 'Two Doors Down' and the song she reveals as her personal favourite from her catalogue.
Toons have moved posted:28/02/10
The Ultimate Movie Toons on ITV 1, which we told you about earlier, has been postponed until 28 March. But at least we do have Jon Ross to look forward to (Michael and Vampire Bill in one show!).
Michael on Jonathan Ross posted:26/02/10
Now, how much would we love to live in the UK? Very much in general, but next weeks Jonathan Ross show is one we really hate to miss. Michael Ball (surprise) will be one of Jonathans guests on the show that will air on Friday 5 March 2010 at 22:35 on BBC One. We guess it is to promote the start of the Hairspray tour at the end of March.
In addition Jonathan will have Lady Gaga and our second man in line, Stephen Moyer, star of True Blood which second series will be aired in the UK soon. If you like vampire stuff it's just
This Morning posted:15/02/10
On his Twitter Account Phillip Schofield mentioned that Michael would be one of the show's guests today. As these things change as they go we won't bet our lives on it, but advise to tune in just in case. The show is braodcast on ITV 1 between 10:30 and 12:30 am.
ITV Rumours posted:12/02/10
According to an article of The Sun Michael will be appearing as a judge on Dancing on Ice this Sunday. They also cover the possibilty of him sharing a chatshow slot with Alan Titchmarsh (founded on the recording of the pilot on Wednesday). It remains to be seen whether any of this will actually be officially confirmed, but we thought to share this article with you nevertheless.
TV and Hairspray posted:09/02/10
ITV1 has announced that Michael will be among those performing in a new TV show called
‘Ultimate Movie Toons' , celebrating beloved animated classics. Themost famous tunes will eb sung by various artists. Definitely one to watch out for. The transmission date is set for Saturday 27 February.
After the somewhat shocking news about Hairspray's closure in the West End on 28 March, there are some articles on the tour casting which may (or may not) take all our minds from this sad, sad development. You can find the announcements on Playbill.com and Broadwayworld.com. (And naturally we have added them to Justy's articles page.)
Top 4 posted:05/02/10
Every year The Stage issues a Top 100 list of who they think are the most influential people in UK theatre. This year they asked the general public who they think should be included in the top 20 of most influential people. More than 1800 people contributed their suggestions.
All we can say is they certainly got it right! See for yourselves:
The Stage - Reader's Top 20
1. John Barrowman, entertainer
2. Matthew Bourne, choreographer/director
3. Arlene Phillips, choreographer/director
4. Michael Ball, actor
5. Ian McKellen, actor
6. Tania Harrison, Latitude festival
7. Rachel Tackley, English Touring Theatre
8= Alan Bennett, writer
8= Daniel Kramer, director
10= Antonio Pappano and Monica Mason, Royal Opera/Royal Ballet
10= Alistair Spalding, Sadler's Wells
12. Carlos Acosta, dancer
13. Kerry Michael, Theatre Royal Stratford East
14= Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer/producer/theatre owner
14= Jude Law, actor
16= Alan Ayckbourn, writer
16= Nicholas Hytner, National Theatre
16= Cameron Mackintosh, producer/theatre owner
19. Michael Grandage, Donmar Warehouse
20= Sonia Friedman, producer
20= Rachel Weisz, actor
Michael attending several Events posted:27/01/10
Michael has been busy yesterday. First he attended the infamous South Bank Show Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
In the evening he attended the premiere of Abbaworld in Earls Court. Abbaworld is a touring exhibition circling around Abba (of course) which had its world premiere in London yesterday (for information click here)
See red carpet photos of Michael via the following links:
Michael's Dolly Parton interview was moved to Tuesday, 26 January (it's still on ITV1's This Morning from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm).
Furthermore, Michael can be seen on Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats. The show will be aired on Friday, 29 January from 9:30 - 10:05 pm. Enjoy!
Television News posted:10/01/10
Michael's much anticipated interview with Dolly Parton will be shown at ITV1's This Morning on Monday, 25 January. The show is on weekdays from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Video Clip posted:24/12/09
A little blast from the past: When you click on the link it will lead you to a video of the Broadway cast of Aspects of Love performing Love Changes Everything at the Tony Awards in 1990. A very young Michael in very fine voice. Enjoy!
Media News posted:20/12/09
With life being a bit hectic in this part of the woods we apologise for a bit of a delay in bringing you up to date. Now here is a news round:
Michael was a guest at the Sun's Military Awards on 15 December. Here's a photo from Getty Images. We understand the ceremony will be televised on 21 December (ITV 1 9 pm - 10:30 pm). Maybe you will catch him on there. Also there is a blog about someone meeting Michael there.
Also Michael will make an appearance on Ruth Jones' Christmas Cracker. This will be on BBC Wales an 22 December at 9 pm.
Last but not least Michael made a guest appearance on John Owen-Jones' first solo album ("John Owen-Jones"). Together with Bryn Terfel he accompanies John for the song "Pretty Lady". You can order the album via this link.
Michael on Twitter and DVD Countdown posted:11/11/09
As some of you may already have noticed Michael is now a fully-fledged twitter-er. You can read his tweets here.
Also the countdown to the dvd release has begun. From 23 November it will be available in the shops. We certainly cannot wait. What a fantastic tour it has been! Pre-order Past and Present Live here.
On the linked Amazon page there is also a little promotional video clip. Enjoy!
Also there is some additional info:
The dvd will contain over 40 minutes of special features including:
Hairspray The Musical: The Final Night,
Royal Albert Hall – Michael Looks Back Over 25 Memorable Years
Access All Areas: Behind The Scenes with Michael
Rumour has it...Sweeney? posted:06/11/09
An article by the ever very well informed Baz Bamigboye today reads very interesting indeed. But please bear in mind that nothing is confirmed yet. Still, this was too good not to share it with you:
Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton are the demon duo booking a date with Sweeney Todd
By Baz Bamigboye
Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton are lining up to make a killing.
The two stars have agreed to lead a new production of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sweeney Todd into the Chichester Festival Theatre and then the West End.
That's the good news. The bad news is that we have to wait until the spring of 2011 before director Jonathan Kent gets it onto the boards in West Sussex.
Both actors have their dance cards full to bursting till then. Imelda has already worked on Cranford Christmas, done a small role in Mike Leigh's new film and has other projects to take her through to the end of next year.
Michael is doing his concert shows and performing in Hairspray on the road through this year, where he's getting £30,000 a week (and more) as star and co-producer.
Kent has spent months, on and off, talking with the two actors about playing the demon barber of Fleet Street, who killed his customers, and Mrs Lovett, who turned them into pies.
Michael has long been a fan of Sondheim's. He starred in the London premiere of Sondheim's musical Passion with Maria Friedman (the Donmar's doing it next year) and he has recorded Not While I'm Around from Sweeney Todd, although in the show the number's actually sung by Mrs Lovett.
Sweeney Todd won't be officially announced till late next year, but the two leads had to be approached well in advance in order to be certain of their services.
The musical for next year's Chichester season hasn't been decided yet. Barnum was to have gone there, but there have been problems casting the show. Indeed, at one point Ball's name was in the frame. But it's not happening now.
Instead, I'm hearing rumours that a re- configured Half A Sixpence might find its way to Chichester - but talks about rights and re-writes are continuing before a firm decision is made.
Michael did an interview with Shine Magazine. This magazine is produced by Shooting Star Children Hospice, which Michael has been supporting for several months now. You can download the magazine here. Michael's Interview is on pages 16 and 17.
Media Appearances posted:25/10/09
To promote the new DVD, Michael will be doing several promotional TV appaerances. As always these are subject to change and he might pop up all over the place in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.
The Friday Show, BBC 1, Firday 13 November, 9 pm The National Lottery Draw, BBC 1, Saturday 14 November, 8:45 pm (Michael to host the show)
The One Show, BBC 1, Monday 16 November, 7 pm
Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes 2, BBC2, Friday 20 November, 6:30 pm
The Alan Titchmarsh Show, ITV1, Tuesday 24 November, 3 pm
The Wright Stuff, FIVE, Wednesday 25 November, 9:15 am
The National Lottery Draw, BBC 1, Wednesday 25 November, 10:35 pm (Michael to host the show)
Two Charity Concerts posted:05/10/09
With being on tour we are a bit behind on the newsfront. Sorry about this. But better late than never. Exciting news! Michael will be doing two charity concerts this year. One will be on 12 December at Feltonfleet School in Cobham, Surrey, for The Shooting Star Children's Hospice. Tickets are currently sold out but you can be put on a waiting list.
We also got contacted by Amy Marland from the Friends United Network who asked us let you all know about Michael's appearance
at the Swing on a Star concert on 22 November at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Here is her e-mail with all the contact details.
"Dear Kerstin and Julia,
I am including some details of our very exciting Charity Cabaret Night taking place on Sunday 22nd November. I would be very grateful if you could display this event on your website and inform your members.
Charity Cabaret Night · Event Name: Swing on a Star · Charity Cabaret Night with a fantastic line up of stars guests including* Michael Ball, Dame Judi Dench, Anna Friel, Jonathan Pryce and musical support from The Rat Pack's Back.
Date and Time: Sunday 22nd November 2009, show starts at 7.15pm
Event Location: The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AH
Tickets include pre-show champagne and canapé reception and after show entertainment. Gala Evening tickets: £200 available from Friends United Network, 0207 485 0900 and email@example.com
Tickets include pre-show champagne and canapé reception, top price seats and exclusive after show dinner. · For one night only you will have the chance to be entertained by top international stars singing with a great swing band - The Rat Pack's Back. All proceeds to support the work of the award winning London children's charity, Friends United Network, Reg Charity No. 1017460. · Contact Tel No: 0207 485 0900."
Glasgow Tickets to Win posted:17/09/09
The Glaswegian has a competition to win tickets for Michael's Glasgow concert. If you want to enter visit their site.
The One Show posted:11/09/09
Michael just appeared on The One Show on BBC1. If you are in the UK and you missed it you will be able to watch the show again until the coming Friday (18 September). Just follow this link.
Michael on GMTV posted 07/09/09
Tomorrow morning Michael will appear on Lorraine's sofa at GMTV on ITV1 between 8:30 am and 9:25 am. Don't miss their website with some nice pics.
Hairspray Tour Dates updated posted 31/08/09
Thanks to the Fan Club we now have an updated tour dates list up and running. The Cardiff dates are still waiting to confirmation though. So bear that in mind when planning your travels.
Michael tours with Hairspray! posted10/08/09
STOP THE PRESS!!
Finally we are free to tell you the exciting news: Michael will reprise the role of Edna Turnblad for some venues of the Hairspray UK TOUR in 2010!
And not only does he star in it (or parts of it), but he is also rising to a new challenge and is from now on “associate producer” for Stage Entertainment, the UK production company of Hairspray. Apparently there is loads to expect from this creative coalition, as a musical revival is being talked about for 2011 and lots of new and exciting opportunities for the man himself:
“I'm hoping it will be a new and ongoing venture for me as producer and leading man and there are other shows I would like to be involved with on the production and directing side.” (WalesOnline.co.uk.)
An announcement as to the other members of the touring company is expected for Friday 14 August, so keep your eyes peeled!
The tour will open in Cardiff (with Michael as Edna) and these are the venues he will be playing (for now…):
Cardiff Millennium Centre: 30 March – 24 April
Glasgow Clyde Auditorium: 27 April – 8 May
Southampton Mayflower: 11 – 29 May
Manchester Palace Theatre Opera House: 13 – 31 July
We will add all the relating interviews and press reports bit by bit. Please bear with us, today has been utter madness.
CORRECTION: It's the Opera House at Manchester, NOT the Palace Theatre.
Ben to join Michael on Tour posted:06/08/09
Ben James-Ellis (the original London Link Larkin) has been interviewed by Scarborough Evening News. He finally confirmed he will be joining Michael on tour this September / October. Confirmed as well is the gorgeous Adrian Hansel (Seaweed). If you want to read the interview with Ben click here.
This Morning Show Today posted:17/07/09
As today (17 July ) is Fern's last show on This Morning, it might be advisable to check the programme out for a certain celebrity well-wisher.... ITV 1, 10:30 am - 11:25 am.
Sunday Express Today posted:05/07/09
In today's ( 5 July ) issue of the Sunday Express is an articel on Michael. So off to the newsstand everyone!
Due to our travels we are a bit behind on the news front. Apologies for that. So here goes:
There has been an interview with Michael on his six favourite books in the Daily Express . The article is still available online via this link .
We had told you earlier (sometime in March) that Michael has recorded the show "Would I lie to you" to be aired in May. This was postponed to September. The date we have now is 28 September on BBC1 at 10:35 pm .
Most importantly: Charity work
Michael has informed the Fan Club that he is now supporting The Shooting Star Children's Hospice . So instead of buying presents for him it would be a good thing to donate the money to this worthy cause. If you want to find out more about their work, please visit the website .
In his appearance on This Morning he hinted that there might be a concert to support Shootingstar in December. Fingers crossed.
TV Interview posted:18/06/09
Michael will be making an appearance on ITV's This Morning on 26 June . The show is on from 10:30 am - 11:25 am . Enjoy!
Tour DVD posted:02/06/09
We have all known for a while now that Michael was planning to film one of his tour concerts later this year. When talking to him he said it won't be the Albert Hall because he been there, done that and that the big halls were the better filming locations for technical reasons. Today the Fan Club confirmed that indeed one of the big arena shows will be filmed (and what a special night it will be): the concert at the Cardiff International Arena (on 8 October).
We will see you all there - let's rock'n'roll!
Radio Interview posted:30/05/09
The Fan Club informed us that Michael will be talking to Jonathan Ross today ( 30th )on BBC Radio 2. It airs between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm . Enjoy!
More Media News posted:17/05/09
The Fan Club informed us that Michael will be interviewed for BBC Radio Lincolnshire today ( 17th ) for the Marie Richmond programme. It airs between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm (interview supposed to be on after 2 pm ). So this won't collide with Sunday Brunch.
Furthermore, he is bound to be on BBC Radio Derby on 8 June for the Ed George's Afternoon Show aired between 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm . He is said to be on after 3 pm , but seeing it is still quite a while away, this is all subject to change.
Media Appearances posted:15/05/09
Michael is busy promoting the summer concert (and the tour and his last night in Hairspray) after his recent holiday. So be all ears for the regional radio stations. He has already been n air at Radio Kent's Pat Marsh and also at Daytime with Danny & Lou on Radio Oxford. There will be more to come. As these interviews happen quite spontaneously we are sorry to only being able to tell you to watch out for him and not to give exact dates and times.
Interview "from the Bottom to the Top" posted:12/04/09
This show on Gold Radio celebrates the charts twenty years ago. They feature the hits of the year and do an interview with Michael as he was number 2 in February 1989 with "Love changes Everything". The show airs just now (8 pm - 10 pm), but it is going to be repeated on Tuesday (14 April, between 10pm and 12am) . Be sure to listen to it via this link.
Interview Simon Mayo and more posted:01/04/09
Michael will be a guest in today's ( 1 April ) Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio, 5 Live, which is on between 1 and 4 pm. The Fan Club annouced he should be on at around 2:30 pm . Find our more about the show here .
Also the article in The Lady magazine is availble online here .
And finally Michael will be recording an interview with Ian Maurice from Radio 4BC Brisbane , which will be on air on Monday, 6 April at 11:30 am (London time) and 8 pm local time. Ian's interviews are not to miss! Enjoy!
In today's ( 5 July ) issue of the Sunday Express is an articel on Michael. So off to the newsstand everyone!
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