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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.
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).
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.
Today Michael attended the Nordoff Robbins 02 Silver Clef Awards. Enjoy some great shots at Getty's website.
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.
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).
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.
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. "
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.
Michael will present highlights of this year's Olivier Awards in a BBC Radio 2 show on 19 April at 6pm.
Michael will be performing at the Lytham Proms concert on 3 August 2014.
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.
Here is what the programme's website says:
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.
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.
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.
UPDATED - Upcoming media appearances:
22 December: Songs of Praise Big Sing Christmas Carol, BBC One, 4.35pm
26 December: Debbie McCrory, BBC Radio Cornwall, 6pm - new
29 December: Catchphrase Christmas Special, ITV1, 7pm
2 January: Michael Grade's Stars of Musical Theatre, BBC Four, 9.45pm
3 January: Don Black Tribute Concert, BBC Four, 7.30pm
15 January: The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, BBC Two, 8pm - new
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:
Again on Michael's Facebook page two DVD signings on 12 November have been announced:
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.
On Michael's Facebook page the following TV appearances have been announced:
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).
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.
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.
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.
Michael gave a short lovely interview after being awarded an honorary doctorate.
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).
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 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. "
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.
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).
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