It's been a bit of a hectic time with our weekend trip to the UK, full-time work and Christmas coming up. But here now finally a round-up with all the latest news:
A third (!) concert for Tokyo was announced for Monday, 12 February 2018. Read abut it here.
Furthermore, they will be releasing a charity single on December 15th:
"After landing last year's Christmas Number 1 album, Together, and bagging another chart-topping collection earlier this month, Together Again, Ball & Boe are fast-becoming a British Christmas institution.
This year, in the name of a good cause, the pair have set their sights on a Christmas Number 1 single, teaming up with Gareth Malone, Imelda Staunton, Jason Manford and even more celebs to be confirmed, to record a cover of Morecambe and Wise's Bring Me Sunshine. Proceeds from the release will go to the Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity." (source)
And there are a couple of media appearances to keep an eye/ear on:
On Friday, 15 December Michael and Alfie will be joining Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show (6:30-9:30am).
The broadcast date for the Royal Variety Performance has changed. It was originally set for 17 December but is now shown on Tuesday, 19 December at 7.30pm on ITV 1.
And finally on Friday, 29 December, Michael and Alfie will be on The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime.
UPDATE: Also on this day, BBC Radio 2 will air Michael and Alfie's Glasgow concert in Friday Night in Music Night at 8pm.
Video Clip Strictly posted: 14/11/17
More Appearances posted: 14/11/17
Michael and Alfie recorded an appearance for ITV's A Night For The Emergency Services programme which will air on 21 December (they sang Bring Him Home).
And if you can't get enough of the dynamic duo you can go to London's Regent Street on 16 November for their Christmas lights switch-on event where they will be performing among other guests.Read more here.
The One Show and more TV posted: 04/11/17
Some busy news time over the last couple of hours, so let's get everything together (again :-)):
The One Show: Presenting
Michael will sit in as a presenter for The One Show again. You can watch him between 13 and 15 November (Monday to Wednesday). Should we have him more often on there we'll keep you informed.
Strictly Come Dancing
Michael and Alfie will be recording their appearance on 18 November, to be aired in the results show on 19 November. It's simultaneously the Blackpool week.
They will go live on air on 14 December at 1:30 on ITV.
A nght for the Emergency Services
Michael will take part in this and it will be shown on ITV later on. The airdate is still to be confirmed.
Together Again No. 1! posted: 03/11/17
May we present: The New No 1 of the Official UK album charts:
And to top it off: Together re-entered the charts at 36!
Congratulations Mr. Ball and Mr. Boe. So well done and so deserved.
TV appearances posted: 01/11/17
Today we have a couple of news for you and most a bt short notice.
Live-Chat today (2 November at 6:30pm. Should you want to be in with a chance
to have your question read, please visit Michael's Facebook page and reply there. The Live Chat will happen from his Facebook Page as well.
Michael and Alfie to perform at the Royal Variety Show. The show will take place at the London Palladium on Friday, 24 November. As soon as we have the airdate, we will let you know.
Should you wish to attend, there are unfortunately no regular tickets left. You can buy combined tickets for Show and After show party here, but be aware, they are defo on the pricy side.
TV appearances posted: 28/10/17
A couple of more TV appearances:
02/11/2017: BBC Breakfast on BBC One (6-9:15am)
07/11/2017: Lorraine on ITV (8:30-9:25am)
07/11/2017: Pride of Britain on ITV (8pm) (taking place 31 October)
Michael Ball OBE - World Record Holder posted: 27/10/17
Michael and Alfie have a new title for their collection: World Record Holder
Prior to them, Westlife did most Signing Events of a group for an Album within 36 hours. They did 5. Michael and Alfie managed to get 5 within 24 hours (well or even 12 hours, if we are honest). Congratulations to Michael and Alfie, well done.
Find the highlights here below. And if you want to see the whole madness, find (felt) half a million posts on our Facebook group :-).
5 stores, 610 fans & many many miles have led to this!
Those fortunate enough to have been at the recording of Michael's and Alfie's new ITV special were told, it will probably air on Sunday, 29 October at 9pm. So tune in or set your recorder.
Photo credit: Mr Alfie Boe (on Twitter)
Together Again & TV Show posted: 19/09/17
We just got back from our holiday in the remote Scottish Highlands and all kinds of news happened!
So, we now have not only the cover of Together Again and a new release date (27 October instead of 10 November) but also the track list as was revealed today for #TogetherAgainTuesdays.
And this is what we will be listening to (plus two bonus tracks on a special edition that still have to be revealed):
1 West Side Story Medley
2 As if we never said Goodbye
3 The Prayer
4 He lives in You (The Lion King)
5 Evermore (Beauty and the Beast)
6 The Rose
7 Bring me Sunshine (Morecombe and Wise)
8 Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)
9 Hero (Boyhood)
10 Not While I'm around
11 Kismet Medley
12 You're the Voice
13 New York New York
14 White Christmas (featuring Bing Crosby)
UPDATE: The two bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album are You'll Be Back (Hamilton) & Once Upon a December (Anastasia).
They will appear on 10 February (Saturday) at 6pm and on 11 February (Sunday) at 2pm.
The location is the Orb Theatre in Tokyo.
And here they are promoting the shows:
BB @ OZ Promotional Dates posted: 24/07/17
Michael and Alfie will be busy doing some promotion in Australia on Tuesday and Wednesday. So for all the Oz fans, be sure not to miss:
2GB should be tomorrow
Studio 10 Channel Ten – 10:15am Tuesday
Hope FM TBC
5AA Adelaide Weekends TBC
ABC Radio National 8:30am Tuesday morning (live performance)
ABC Sydney Drive 5pm Tuesday (performance)
Today Show Extra Channel 9, Wednesday
ABC Melbourne Afternoons Wednesday 2:20pm
JoyFM 5:30pm Wednesday
Thanks to Mark Witchell for finding out and sharing on our Facebook group.
BB @ OZ & MB on Cruise posted: 03/07/17
Wow, you leave home for a week of BB summer touring and suddenly a whole lot of exciting announcements happen!
First things first, the news all our friends in Down Under have been waiting for for so long: Michael and Alfie will bring Together to Australia!
There will be five concerts all on all:
Brisbane, 5 October (Thursday)
Melbourne, 7 October (Saturday)
Sydney, 11 October (Wednesday)
Adelaide, 14 October (Saturday)
Perth, 16 October (Monday)
Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am(AEST). Get them here.
And more October news, this time though for 2018 and without Alfie.
Michael will headline a musical theatre themed cruise (15 - 19 October 2018), a round-trip from Southampton to Amsterdam and back again.
More information and information on booking your ticket here. Tickets for the cruise are already on sale.
And finally a new video from BB Productions headquarter.
I cannot name the number of times we watched it since its release and still are laughing out loud. Enjoy!
Together Again Album News posted: 16/06/17
Michael and Alfie today officially announced their new album: Together Again.
This surely does not come as a surprise, but we now know when the wait will be over:
The new album will be released on 10 November 2017.
They have launched a brand new website and you can find all the info regarding per-ordering the album and also a special edition with a DVD containing their ITV special.
This little clip will definitely help ease the withdrawal from the dynamic duo:
DOUBLE PLATINUM posted: 11/05/17
Michael and Alfie were just handed their Double Platinum awards!
This means they sold more than 600,000 copies of Together. The only time Michael received multiple platinum was for cast recordings of musicals. This is the first time he receives double platinum for his own (and of course Alfie's) project. Well done does not even half cover the pride we feel. Amazing, tremendous, breathtaking and just magical and after all: So well deserved. You rock!
Good Morning Britain posted: 10/05/17
Michael and Alfie will appear at Good Morning Britain on ITV1. The show will air between between 6 and 8:30am. We suppose they will be on towards the end of the programme.
So be sure not to miss it, if you can. Find more information here.
Friday Night is Music Night posted: 27/04/17
Michael will make a guest appearance on Friday Night is Music Night in celebration of Bill Kenwright's illustrious career.
It will be recorded on 11 May at the London Palladium (7:30pm).
On Tuesday, 25 April at 9:30pm BBC ONE will show Michael's episode of the "My Friend Victoria" series, remembering the late great Victoria Wood. His episode will focus on her take on sex and romance. Read more about the show here.
On Saturday, 29 April at 9:20pm BBC ONE will show Michael's appearance in "All Round to Mrs Brown".
And finally on Friday, 12 May at 7pm Michael will once again co-host BBC ONE's "The One Show".
It also has been announced yesterday that Michael will present the BBC Proms in the Park once more. Tickets will go on sale on 5 May. The event itself will be held on 9 September.
Fingers crossed for good weather for everyone who is going! Book your tickets here.
New York Concert posted: 30/03/17
Michael and Alfie will take their show to New York!
The concert will take place on Tuesday, 23 May, at the New York City Center.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public: 5 April, 12pm (all times are Eastern Standard)
American Express Card Member Presale: 30 March, 12pm
Fan Presale: 3 April, 12pm
Live Nation & NYCC Member Presale: 3 April, 1pm
Read more about the concert and book tickets here.
Lorraine posted: 23/03/17
Lorraine today announced that Michael and Alfie will be her guests in tomorrow's show. So tune in: Lorraine, Friday 24 March, at 8:30am. Read more about the programme here.
The One Show posted: 17/03/17
Michael will be co-hosting BBC One's The One Show today, Friday 17 March. Tune it at 7pm and read more about the programme here.
Michael Presenting Sounds of the 80s posted: 15/03/17
Another chance to listen to Michael next week. He will be presenting Sounds of the 80s on Tuesday (21 March 2017) at 6.30am. The show will coincide with Sarah Cox's last minutes of her 24 hour Dancathon. Be sure to tune in online.
Two More Summer Dates posted: 23/02/17
Michael and Alfie have added two more dates to their summer concerts:
Big congratulations to MIchael and Alfie for their tremendous success with "Together". The album stays at no. 1 for the Christmas week, hence obtaining the prestigious Christmas no. 1.
Apart from that, they have the best selling album that was released in 2016 and are currently at no. 4 in the annual charts (Adele, Coldplay and Justin Bieber released their albums last year). Just this last week they've sold almost 110,000 albums, all in all we are just above 466,000 copies.
And just because:
Chris Evans posted: 18/12/16
Tomorrow Michael and Alfie will be guest on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, BBC Radio2 from 6:30am.
It was announced today that Michael and Alfie will team up once more for a series of open air concerts in the summer and an arena tourette in the winter. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, 16 December at 10am.
During their London concert at the Hammersmith Apollo yesterday, Michael and Alfie did not only sing with Rick Astley, he also presented them both with the gold disc for "Together."
The album remains a chart sensation and holds its #2 in the UK album charts.
STOP THE PRESS: NEW Concert added to tour posted: 23/11/16
It has just been announced that there will be a new last night for the Together tour (again) due to phenomenal demand. The new last night is 14 December at the Blackpool Opera House.
The tickets are on sale NOW and you can get them here.
See the posting on Michael's Facebook page below:
ITV Special posted: 15/11/16
We finally can confirm the air date for the ITV special Ball & Boe: One Night Only. This comes in lieu of a tour DVD and features a lot of the songs the lads are currently singing live all over the country.
Set your recorders for Friday, 9 December, 9pm.
Chart Position posted: 12/11/16
It's official now: Together entered the album charts at #2!
That's the best UK chart position for Alfie and the second best for Michael - his first solo album "Michael Ball" entered the charts at #1.
A heartfelt congratulations to the dynamic duo. Well deserved!
Michael and Alfie are already doing their promotional rounds. They have recorded several interviews for local BBC radio stations, So keep your ears open for them. Apart from that they have some TV appearances scheduled. Find the current list below:
Yes, yes, it's been.. at least ten minutes since our last update. We can't have you waiting any longer, so here's a clip from BBC Radio London, showing MIchael and Alfie listening to one of theri songs.
MIchael and Alfie will be taking part in a Children in Need Concert dedicated to Terry Wogan, that will be done on 1 November 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall. Should you desire to be in the audience, there are still tickets available. Just follow" target="_blank"> this link to the official website and choose your ticket agency.
Instagram and TV posted: 10/09/16
Michael has recorded a guest appearance on BBC Three's Josh (Season 2) and it will air on Thursday, 6th October.
Tonight Michael also hosted Proms in the Park at Hyde Park and you can catch up on the coverage here.
And he (FINALLY) joined Instagram! Follow him here.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe - Album and Tour posted: 17/05/16
Just when we all anticipated news about a new album, MIchael surprised us once more.
He will be collaborating with tenor Alfie Boe, whom many of you might remember from Kismet and who has since gone from strength to strength. Alfie and Michael will record an album called "Together". This album will be released on 21 October 2016. You can pre-order the album here.
Michael and Alfie already joined forces to promote their new project. You can enjoy the short clip here
And last, but certainly not least they will go on a nationwide tour in November / December. The Tour Dates are:
03/11/2016 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
05/11/2016 - Bournemouth BIC Solent Hall
08/11/2016 - Southampton Mayflower
09/11/2016 - Portsmouth Guildhall
10/11/2016 - Bristol Colston Hall
12/11/2016 - London Palladium
13/11/2016 - London Palladium
15/11/2016 - Brighton Center
16/11/2016 - Leicester De Montfort Hall
17/11/2016 - Liverpool Echo Arena
19/11/2016 - Leeds First Direct Arena
20/11/2016 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
21/11/2016 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
23/11/2016 - Blackpool Opera House
25/11/2016 - Manchester O2 Apollo
26/11/2016 - Clyde Auditorium
28/11/2016 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
29/11/2016 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
01/12/2016 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
03/12/2016 - Sheffield City Hall
Tickets for the Tour will go into general sale on Friday, 20 May 2016. There are several presales (Fan Club, O2, LiveNation, venues to name just a few). You may want to check with them over the coming days. Here is the link to the LIveNation website. And here is the link to GigsandTours. These tickets are partly already on sale, but be aware that many tickets should be held until Friday for the general public.
Media & Live Appearances posted:06/05/16 - UPDATED: 16/05/16
It has been announced that Michael will be hosting this year's BBC Proms in the Park (Hyde Park). Mark your calendars for 10 September, 5:15pm. And get your tickets here.
Upcoming media dates:
15 May: Lets Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood, ITV1, 7:30pm
17 May: Good Morning Britain; ITV1; 6-8:30am NEW
20 May: Friday Night Is Music Night, BBC Radio 2, 8pm
Upcoming live dates:
21 July: Hippodrome Casino, London, 8pm
10 September: BBC Proms in the (Hyde)Park (MB host), 5:15pm
The One Show posted: 28/04/16
You can watch a great interview done by Frank Skinner on YouTube. His poor sister had to suffer quite a lot with two bigger brothers it appears. So watch it here
Frank Skinner interview posted: 16/04/16
Michael will be co-Presenter on "The One Show" once more. Be sure not too miss the show tomorrow (Friday, 29 April 7pm). Visit the website here.
Michael McIntyre's Big Show posted: 15/04/16
Michael will participate in Michael McIntyre's Big Show which will be aired on BBC One between 7 and 755pm on Saturday, 16 April 2016. Be sure not to miss it.
He will be singing "The Prayer" with an audience member who was surprised on the show. Find more infos on the Official website.
Michael McIntyre's Big Show posted: 16/04/16
Michael will participate in Michael McIntyre's Big Show which will be aired on BBC One between 7 and 755pm on Saturday, 16 April 2016. Be sure not to miss it.
He will be singing "The Prayer" with an audience member who was surprised on the show.
Olivier Awards - Air times posted: 27/03/16
Be sure not to miss the best moments from this years Olivier Awards. Find here all the air times.
The One Show - BBC 2 posted: 27/03/16
Michael will be a guest on "The One Show" on BBC One on Monday, 28 March 2016. You can watch the show live from 7pm. Be sure not to miss it. More info.
The Michael Ball Show - BBC 2 posted: 20/03/16
Should the next news excite you as much, as it excites us, this photo is just SOOOO appropriate.
Michael will once again take over his former Sunday Brunch (Sundays 11am) slot, which was vacated, when Terry Wogan sadly died. Michael will do the show each Sunday, with ten Sundays off, when Richard Madeley will take over. His first show will be on 10 April. This means as well, that you really should listen to the last two "Sunday Night with MIchael Ball".
What can we say? We missed listening to him live on Sunday noons and we cannot wait to do that again. By the way, the show will be called "The Michael Ball Show". As soon as we have a link for the show page, we will share it with you.
Olivier Awards posted: 23/02/16
Michael will return to hosting the 2016 Olivier Awards for a third time on 3 April at the Royal Opera House.
According to the announcement there is even more Ball to be had:
Prior to hosting the ceremony proper, Ball will also host the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard Nominations Announcement. This year’s nominees will be revealed at an event held at Rosewood London at 12:00 on Monday 29 February. The event will be livestreamed on the Olivier Awards website, allowing theatre fans to keep up with all the exciting announcements.
More Ken Bruce posted: 11/02/16
It has been announced that further to sitting in for Ken Bruce the coming week, Michael will also be sitting in for him during the week starting on 28 March.
You can listen live here, Monday to Friday 9:30am till noon.
BBC Pop Up Country radio channel posted: 04/02/16
The BBC will introduce their own Pop Up Country radio channel for a weekend. Michael will do his own programme there on Saturday, 12 March between 3 and 4pm.
The show is called Michael Ball's Country Classics. He will be on for a second time on that Sunday 11pm (supposedly this is a repeat of the first show). For more info visit the official page.
Mr. Michael Ball OBE posted: 29/01/16
Michael was part of the first investiture of the year. In other words, he received his OBE medal. Michael shared these lovely photos of the day. .
Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce on his Daily BBC Radio 2 show in the week commencing 15 February 2016. Be sure to listen in Monday to Friday between 9:30am and noon. You can listen live here.
Friday Night is Music Night posted: 23/12/15
Michael will take part in an episode of BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night which will be aired live on Friday, 22 January 2016 at 8:00pm.
Tickets are already sold out sadly.
Oliviers in Concert posted: 04/12/15
January will be a busy month for Michael. It has now been announced that he will be part of The Oliviers In Concert.
The concert will be held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Monday, 25 January 2016 at 7:30pm. It will also be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.
Tickets are already on sale and you can get them here.
WOS Awards Nominations - Vote! posted: 03/12/15
Michael and Mack & Mabel have scored four nominations at the 16th annual WhatsOnStage Awards:
Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Ball)
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Jack Edwards)
Best Musical Revival
Best Regional Production
To make sure they win you can cast your vote until 31 January 2016 here.
Winners will be announced on 21 Feburary 2016.
Concert News posted: 02/12/15
It has just been announced that Michael will be appearing in an intimate concert at the Hippodorme Casino in London on Thursday, 28 January, 8pm.
Tickets in the stalls are 100 £, in the balcony 75 £. You can get them here.
Various News posted: 28/11/15
The sad news first: It has been confirmed that there will be no West End transfer for Mack & Mabel.
We are heartbroken for Michael and all the excellent cast. There will also be no cast recording now. We feel privileged to have seen as many shows as we did. A big thank you to everyone who made Michael's dream a reality and our times at Hollywoodland so very special.
So what is there to look forward to? We now have the date for the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability that Michael recorded a while ago. It will be aired tomorrow, Sunday 29 November, 7:54am and 9:26pm. Also on Thursday, 3 December at 3:27pm on BBC Radio 4. Listen here.
Michael will also appear in the Frank Sinatra centenary concert London Salutes Frank at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Sunday, 13 December at 7pm. Tickets have been on sale a while now but you can still grab some here.
Subject to availability he will also be a judge at the Perfect Pitch Award 2015/16 at the St. James Theatre, London on 5 Feburaray 2016 at 2pm. Get tickets here.
Christmas Carols for RHN posted: 22/10/15
It has become a tradition that Michael will be a special guest at RHN's Chistmas Carols event. It will be held on Thursday 10 December at 7pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Wandworth in south west London and you can get your tickets (17 Pounds) and read more here.
Vote for 2015 BroadwayWorld UK/West End Awards posted: 16/10/15
The voting is now open for the 2015 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards. Mack and Mabel has scored nominations in several categories ranging from Leading Actor/Actress and Best New Production of a Musical (Fringe/Regions) to best female Understudy.
If you want to vote please note that they will check for multiple entries: "All voting results will be tabulated, and will be audited at the conclusion of the voting process to remove fake, duplicate and other invalid votes."
It's finally here: the (tour) trailer for Mack and Mabel. Enjoy!
Media Appearances posted: 07/08/15 - UPDATED: 12/08/15
Mark your calendars:
Saturday 8 August, David Allen, BBC Radio Solent, 10:30pm
10 - 14 August, Ian Crouch at Breakfast, Sprirt FM, 7:40am, Listen againnew
Mack and Mabel Trailer posted: 09/07/15
So here is the rehearsal trailer for Mack and Mabel. Enjoy
Media Appearances posted: 17/06/15
Mark your calendars:
Thursday 18 June, Lorraine, ITV 1, 8:30am
Dr. h. c. Michael Ball OBE posted: 13/06/15
Congratulatiosn to our own Michael. The Queens Birthday Honours list was released late last night and finally Michael was included into the Order of the British Empire. He was made an Officer of the British Empire - widely known as OBE.
And this is what his latest jewellery looks like:
You can view the full list on the official website. Michael can be found on page 21. He received the honour for services to Musical Theatre. Should you scroll through the list (which is really interesting) you can find some other famous names and names we know in connection to Michael (for example Jonathan Kent).
Media Appearances - UPDATED posted: 23/03/15 - UPDATED: 13/05/15
Mark your calendars:
Sunday 29 March, Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, 9:30am
Sunday 30 March, This Morning, ITV 1, 10:30am
Monday 18 May, Thronecast, Sky Atlantic, 10:00pm new
That Day We Sang DVD & Perfect Pitch posted: 21/02/15
Michael also became patron of Perfect Pitch. He said said that the UK had a “wonderful tradition of creating great musicals” and added: “It is essential we give emerging writers every opportunity to develop their craft and create the hit shows of tomorrow.”
Perfect Pitch executive producer Andy Barnes said Ball shared the company's “passion in supporting emerging talent with new ideas for musicals”, and added: “We're delighted that he's committed some of his valuable time to further this cause.”
Chichester Mack and Mabel Sale Dates posted:14/02/15
5 January: Backchat with Jack Whitehall, BBC 2, 10pm new
Album Promotion posted:16/11/14
Michael's record company for his latest album (Union Square) contacted us and asked us to share a special e-card created for the release of If Everyone was Listening... with you. Click the pic, enjoy and share!
New Musical Announced for 2015 posted:14/11/14
The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye announced yesterday night that Michael will star in next year's Chichester Festival production of Mack and Mabel.
IT'S OFFICIAL @mrmichaelball contracted 2 star in #MACK&MABEL @ChichesterFT Summer '15 Jonathan Church directs @StephenMear choreographs.
It has been rumoured for a long time now and it feels good to have the confirmation at last. So there is something to look forward to after the tour.
Michael himself seemed relieved that word is finally out, see his tweet from this morning:
I see the news of Mack and Mabel @ChichesterFT has broken at last. So glad I can talk about it now. Rubbish at keeping it secret!! Excited
So are we!
Media Appearances UPDATED posted:29/10/14 - Updated: 11/11/14
Upcoming media dates:
11 November: The Musicals (Ep. 3), BBC Radio 2, 11pm
12 November: BBC Breakfast, BBC One, 6am
13 November: Alan Titchmarsh, ITV 1, 3pm
14 November: Breakfast Show, BBC Radio 2, 6:30 - 9:30am new
16 November: Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, 9:30am
16 November: Christmas Show, Vintage TV, 6pm
17 November: Never Mind The Buzzcocks, BBC Two, 10pm
18 November: Neil McCormick's Needle Time, Vintage TV, 10:30pm
21 November: Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two, BBC Two, 6:30pm
28 November: Loose Women, ITV1, 12:30pm
6 December: Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, Channel 4, 9am
Charity Appearance posted:09/11/14
Just like last year, Michael will be a special guest at RHN's Chistmas Carols concerts. The concert will be held on Thursday 11 December at 7pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Wandworth in south west London and you can get your tickets (15 Pounds) and read more here.
UK Tour Dates Announced posted:28/10/14
The dates for Michael's 2015 UK tour for If Everyone Was Listening... were announced yesterday.
We will soon have a page dedicated to the tour 2015 but until then check out the dates at Live Nation and start planning!
General ticket sale starts on 31 October at 9am.
UPDATED with the actual dates on 29/10/14:
Oxford New Theatre
Ipswich Regent Theatre
London Hammersmith Apollo
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Nottingham Royal Concrt Hall
Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Blackpool Opera House
Newcastle City Hall
Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sheffield City Hall
Bristol Colston Hall
Cardiff St David's Hall
(Media) Appearances and Album News UPDATED posted:18/10/14
9 November: Songs of Praise, BBC 1 (get tickets for the recording in Aldershot)
12 November: BBC Breakfast, BBC 1, 6am
13 November: Alan Titchmarsh, ITV 1, 3pm
16 November: Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, 9:30am
UPDATE: You can listen to sound clips from all the songs of the new album on iTunes. If you haven't already, download the programme and search for the album. You will then be able to listen to 90 seconds of each song (should you not wish to download the programme you can listen online here but these clips are only 30 seconds long. Click on each song to hear a preview.).
Prior to the release of his new abum you can see a behind the scenes featurette of the comercial shoot. Enjoy!
Album News posted:30/09/14
The moment we have been waiting for has come today. Michael has announced news of his upcoming new album on his Facebook page.
The album will be released on 17 November 2014. You can order the album here. See the cover, read the press release and see the highly anticipated song list here:
If everyone was listening...
1. Bad Things
2. Simple Love
3. I Won't Give Up
5. Still The Same
6. You Needed Me
7. Stuck Like Glue
8. The Climb
9. Need You Now
10. May You Never
11. What We Ain't Got
12. If Everyone Was Listening
13. Let It Be Me (Michael Ball & The Overtones)
15. Falling Slowly
MICHAEL BALL, double Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, is delighted to announce the release of 'If Everyone Was Listening...', his 19th studio album.
His most personal record to date, the album contains 15 hand-picked tracks that Michael chose to record himself. A mix of individual classics, award winners and chart toppers spanning the last 40 years, the collection is a snapshot of the music he plays on his Radio 2 show, 'Sunday Night With Michael Ball'.
Taking its name from the 1974 Supertramp song (a favourite of Michael's growing up) the album includes the Everly Brothers' classic 'Let It Be Me', which Michael recorded - to stunning effect - with vocal group The Overtones. Bob Seger's 'Still The Same', Anne Murray's Grammy-winning 'You Needed Me' and John Martyn's enduring 'May You Never' all receive sensitive interpretations, while Michael indulges his sassy side with a rollicking reworking of 'Bad Things', the theme song to the TV vampire drama, True Blood.
Some of the song choices were inspired by Michael's love of country music and its current stars, including Alison Krauss, whose sublime 'Simple Love' is one of Michael's favourite songs. Another little known song to get the MB treatment is Jake Owen's 'What We Ain't Got' which sits alongside a solo rendering of Lady Antebellum's duet 'Need You Now' and the quirky 'Stuck Like Glue', originally by Sugarland.
Other tracks include the Joshua Kadison song, 'Jessie' on which Michael sings all the harmonies himself, the powerful and almost spiritual 'Angel' by Sarah McLachlan, 'The Climb' (previously performed by Miley Cyrus and Joe McElderry) and of course a musicals number; in this case the Oscar winning 'Falling Slowly' from Once, the album's closing track.
You have several chances to catch Michael live or on telly over the next few weeks:
He recorded an interview for Vintage TV. His episode of “Needle Time” will be broadcast sometime in November.
Also Michael will cover a special gala performance of Miss Saigon for BBC Radio 2 on 3 October at 9pm.
He will be judge at “Talent 2014” at the Criterion Theatre in London (26 October, 7:30pm) where they search for next big musical star. You can get tickets here. This will be in aid of Acting for Others.
On 1 December Michael will appear at ITV’s “Loose Women” (12:30pm).
He was also seen busking in the streets of Harrogate singing “Happy” – he did this for telly (Stars at your service perhaps?). You can see the video here:
Stars At Your Service posted:04/09/14
As you can see in his Twitter feed, Michael has joined many other celebrities for Stars At Your Service, a Channel 4 TV show. It is all in aid of Stand Up To Cancer. The live show will be aired on 17 October.
As soon as we know a transmission date we will let you know.
Michael's Ice Bucket Challenge posted:24/08/14
Having been nominated to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of MNDA by Collabro, Michael took the challenge and posted the video below as proof. We would like to second his plea to donate generously as it is for a really good cause. Read more:
In case you haven't heard about it yet, this is what the Ice Bucket Challenge is all about (courtesy of Wikipedia):
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral throughout social media during mid 2014. In the United Kingdom, people also participate in the challenge for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.
And now, here is the video. Enjoy!
More Ken Bruce in October posted:14/08/14
Once again Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce . (Yay!) You can listen to him in the week from 27 October (9:30am, BBC Radio 2).
West End Heroes &
Silver Clef posted:04/07/14
On 28 September Michael will host West End Heroes at the Dominion Theatre (he also hopes to sing a few songs, of course). You can buy your tickets here.
Following the phenomenal success of West End Heroes last year, which saw the casts of many of the biggest West End musicals unite with the finest UK military bands and musicians in a stunning performance that raised over £88,000 for the charity Help For Heroes , the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre is to once again host the event, this year on Sunday 28 September.
Michael is very much looking forward to the event:
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to take part in WEST END HEROES and to show my respect, admiration and support for the amazing men and women who‘ve literally put their lives on the line for us all It'll be a joy and a challenge to host the entire evening (as well as hopefully performing a couple of songs) and I can promise it's going to be a concert not to be missed. And, if all goes to plan there will be some wonderful surprises in store!"
Today Michael attended the Nordoff Robbins 02 Silver Clef Awards. Enjoy some great shots at Getty's website.
Book Club and Concert posted:15/06/14
Tomorrow, on 16 June at 5:05pm Michael will review a novel for BBC Radio 2's Book Club. They tweeted this gorgoues picture.
Also on 20 September Michael will join the celebrations at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. The evening will be called A Night of Variety, Celebrating 100 years of the Alhambra Theatre and you can book your tickets here.
Ken Bruce posted:12/05/14
Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce again. You can listen to him in the week from 26 May as well as from 4 August (9:30am, BBC Radio 2).
Media News posted:26/04/14
On 30 April at 11:05pm BBC One will repeat Michael's Room 101 episode but this will also be an extended version running 10 minutes longer than the original.
Also while sitting in for Ken Bruce recently, Michael mentioned he would be doing that again at the end of May. Once we know the exact dates we will let you know.
Archer Street's Got Talent posted:13/04/14
On 15 April Soho's Archer Street will "host the final of Archer Street's Got Talent, where eight of their, as of yet, undiscovered singers battle it out for the grand title. And who's heading up the judging panel? None other than West End superstar Michael Ball. It's set to be a big night.
The winner will be crowned the ‘Voice of Soho'. The contest has been running for the past four months, with members of the public taking to the stage in a bid to win the £5,000 prize. "
Cork and more posted:06/04/14
On 10 April (6 - 8pm) Michael will join a host of other celebrities for the Shop with the Stars event an Fenwick's of Bond Street in London. The stars will be
manning the tills, packing bags and even being personal shoppers. This ois all in aid of Acting for Others. Read all about the event here.
Also remember that he will be standing in for Ken Bruce for two weeks (7 April - 18 April) at 9:30am, BBC Radio 2.
BBC Radio 2 announced that they will launch
a pop-up digital radio station ('Radio 2 Eurovision') to celebrate this year's Eurovision Song Contest
from 8 - 11 May 2014. Michael will be among the presenters. Read more.
Michael will be appearing once again with the Cork Youth Orchestra on 10 & 11 May at the Cork City Hall (Ireland). He will be performing songs from the movies. Tickets can be bought here.
Michael will be performing at the Lytham Proms concert on 3 August 2014.
Michael will be headlining the concert and he will be joined by Lesley Garrett, Kerry Ellis and Rhydian Roberts. You can find more information about the concert here and you can book tickets from Friday at 9am via the before mentionned link.
BBC Radio 2 Concert posted:07/02/14
Michael has barely finished filming "Tubby & Enid" when he was back in the BBC Radio Theatre to join fellow singers for a tribute concert for David Jacobs. It will air on 9 February at 11pm on BBC Radio 2.
Friends and colleagues from the Entertainment industry pay tribute to legendary broadcaster David Jacobs who died last year aged 87. Introduced by his friend and fellow Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce, with contributions from some of the people he worked with, and some of the musicians he loved, the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon remember "his" kind of music in a special programme from London's BBC Radio Theatre.
Media News and Taipei Concert posted:25/01/14
Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 again for two weeks in April.
Tune in Monday to Friday from 7 April until 18 April, 9:30am - 12:00pm.
Also the episode of Room 101 that he has recorded on 22 October 2013 will be aired on 31 January on BBC One at 8:30pm.
There was an article in the RadioTimes about this episode.
Following the huge success of the Shanghai concerts Michael will join the tour of "Do You Hear The People Sing?" again in Taipei, Taiwan. He will be singing two shows on 29 March 2014. You can buy tickets via this website.
BBC Movie "Tubby & Enid" and media news - UPDATED 01/01/14 posted:11/12/13
Exciting news! It has been confirmed that Michael will be starring alongside Imelda (Staunton) in a brand new BBC movie adaptation of Victoria Wood's play The Day We Sang.
It will be called “Tubby and Enid”, shooting begins on 6 January 2014. You can read more about this here and here. We cannot wait to see this. 90 minutes – a proper movie. Back to the roots indeed.
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