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Release Date: 25 February 2013
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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:
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!
Don’t miss Michael in the media:
Today the long awaited nominations for the prestigious Olivier Awards have been announced and Team Todd is going strong with a total of six:
Don't forget to get the single "The Perfect Song" which was released on 18 March for iTunes.
Upcoming TV appearances:
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.
After his appearance at QVC (we hope to upload the clips tomorrow) Michael gave this little interview:
Tomorrow Michael will be interviewed at The Andy Potter Show, Radio Derby, 1pm.
Congratulations Michael for winning the Whatsonstage Award for the best Actor in a musical. Well done!
The Whatsonstage Awards will be up tonight at 7pm GMT. You can watch the concert live online. Just click here and enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
Find the Ebay-Auction here.
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.
Michael's official Facebook page has been updated with media appearances to promote the new album:
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.
We now have the track list for the new album "Both Sides now", which will be released on 25 Fabruary 2013.
As soon as we have any more order information we will provide you with it.
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.
Also here is some more information from Radio 2's Facebook page:
Exciting news! Michael will appear in the celebrity edition of Who wants to be a Millionaire? to raise money for Shooting Star CHASE.
According to Michael’s official Facebook page we should listen to Anneka Rice’s show on 29 December (BBC Radio 2, 6am):
Congratulations to all cast and creatives of Sweeney Todd who won amazing 8 awards!
Michael has a very busy month. Sadly so do Kerstin and I at work, so apologies for not being as active on here as we'd like to be.
WhatsOnStage Awards – vote now!
Sweeney Todd has been nominated for 5 WOS Awards.
Best Actor in a Musical : Michael Ball
Best Actress in a Musical : Imelda Staunton
Best Musical Revival : Sweeney Todd
Best Director : Jonathan Kent
Best Lighting Designer : Mark Henderson
The winners will be announced on 17 February 2013
A Really Welsh Christmas Show , BBC One Wales, 17 December 10:35pm
This programme will feature Michael singing Love Changes Everything and will be repeated on BBC Two Wales on 24 December, 8:30pm
Les Misérables Movie Special (to air 1 January 2013, ITV 1,4:50pm)
Michael was host of a special documentary about the new Les Mis movie and he was also on the red carpet at the world premiere in London on 5 December. You can see a few clips of him here:
Official Calendar 2013 – ready to order
You can now order your MB calendar from Michael's official merchandise shop. Deliveries start from 17 December.
Several second chances:
Christmas Kitchen , Food Network
On 3 December Michael was a guest cook at this show. We cannot be sure as you cannot watch the episode outside the UK but we hope this will work for most of you. Enjoy!
Steve Wright , BBC 2
Michael was interviewed for Steve Wright in the Afternoon and you can listen again here. Michael even reveals a line from his new song.
Today Show , RTE, 7 December
Michael has been a gueast at the Today Show to promote the Cork concerts and you can watch the show on their player.
On Sunday, 2 December, Michael will be interviewed for Cork 96FM radio’s “The Arts House“ show with Elmarie Mawe at 9:20am. You can listen live (and again) here.
So many things have happened!
Michael will appear on BBC1's “The One Show” on Wednesday 28/11/13 at 7pm.
The new album will be called “Both Sides Now” and the release date will be announced soon.
UK Tour 2013
Michael will go on a national tour next spring. The dates are as follows and can also be found on our 2013 schedule:
Monday 15th April - Ipswich Regent Theatre
Wednesday 17th April - Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 18th April - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Friday 19th April - Liverpool Empire
Sunday 21st April - Sheffield City Hall
Monday 22nd April - Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 23rd April - York Barbican
Thursday 25th April - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Friday 26th April - Blackpool Opera House
Saturday 27th April - Birmingham Symphony Hall
Monday 29th April - Plymouth Pavillions
Tuesday 30th April - Oxford New Theatre
Wednesday 1st May - Bournemouth International Centre
Friday 3rd May - Brighton Centre
Saturday 4th May - London Hammersmith Apollo
Sunday 5th May - Southampton Mayflower Theatre
Tuesday 7th May - Cardiff St David's Hall
Thursday 9th May - Bristol Colston Hall
Friday 10th May - Portsmouth Guildhall
Michael has won the Theatre People.com award for Favourite Performance and you can see his acceptance speech here:
Also Sweeney Todd has won the Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. The reasons:
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!
Photos can be found at Getty Images:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"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.
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.
The title says it all really. Have a look and enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
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??
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