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.
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