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Open House TV Interview

~ 1998 ~

Gloria

Impressive? Absolutely. What do you think about the house then?

Michael

It's very nice (lying down on the sofa). Should be. We've done it up nicely. And I'll make myself comfortable.

Gloria

I do like a boy who makes himself at home straight away.

Michael

We'll knock it through, I think it'll be smashing.

Gloria

I made a little few changes here and there

Michael

Yeah, where's the jacuzzi? (laughing)

Gloria

I just want to say hello and welcome to a very special Bank holiday edition of Open House. As you can see we have the very special co-host Michael Ball. And if you thought you were coming here to sing or just talk, forget it. You're gonna be right throughout the program.

Michael

It'll be my pleasure to do it as well.

Gloria

How have you been anyway?

Michael

I've been very well. So have you by the  look of it.

Gloria

Yeah, know we are having great fun every day between two and three.

Michael

Yes smashing. Dodgy audience.

Gloria

Actually I thought they all came in for me. Are you all my fans or not?

Michael

Of course they are Gloria!

Gloria

How many came . How many are Balletttes?

Michael

Splendid.

Gloria

That's what they call themselves, your special fan club. The Ballettes.

Michael

Yes, well, there's, there's the musketeers. There are loads of them.

Gloria

Actually they are quite excitable, aren't they?

Michael

Oh hopefully, I totally like them.

Gloria

Actually you just came from a fitting today. Cause you like a bit of clobber didn't you?

Michael

Yeah. We, we are doing.. At the weekend it's Cameron Mackintosh's big "Hey, Mr. Producer". So looking at all of his different shows. So I've been back getting refitted for the costumes of Raoul from Phantom of the Opera and Marius from Les Mis.

Gloria

And are you still the same size as you were when you created Marius in Les Mis?

Michael

No, I'm a lot smaller (totally serious looking). I mean it's now trimmed down.

Gloria

Well actually that's gonna be an incredible show.

Michael

It should be amazing. Amazing. I'm also doing a bit with. We're sort of a redoing "Side by Side" by Sondheim. So I get to sing a Steve Sondheim song as well. It'll be great.

Gloria

Busy boy.

Michael

Ah, no.

Gloria

Well, what else do we have on this, apart from your good self?

Michael

I have a show to present, Gloria. Today (breaks out into laughter) I love this. We'll be reliving the glamour . (addressing Gloria) getting back .. We are reliving the glamour of Princess of Wales. We have got some of her most sumptuous gowns in the studio and we have the author of the controversial new biography of her brother Earl Spencer. What else we got?

Gloria

What, on your show?

Michael

Yeah, really nice having you.

Gloria

You always give me a fit of the giggles. I'll just make it up. Do you like me being your guest?

Michael

Yes, yes.

Gloria

Oh that's good. Well the holidays are just around the corner. We unraveled insurance for you when you travel. And today's cook is bringing you some touch of the exotic to the program. We know that Michael likes a touch of the exotic. And she is gonna be cooking .

Michael, then the audience, then Gloria break out into laughter

Gloria

. a Thai-dish to die for.

Michael

Oh dear.

Gloria

Now in these health-conscious time .

Michael

You're in trouble now. You started it. You started it.

Gloria

No give me a bit of a giggle What

Michael

Oh get on with

Gloria

What I was going to say

Michael

Yeah?

Gloria

Michael

 
Come to the kitchen!

Michael

Alright love.

Michael and Gloria join cook Lesley in the kitchen.

Gloria

How are you?

Lesley

Oh, I´m fine. How are you?

Gloria

Have you met Michael before?

Lesley

You're in trouble.

Gloria

Yes, but he's also very good in the the kitchen. Serious stuff. Aren't you?

Michael

I do love cooking. Love it.

Lesley

You do?
Gloria What you make? What's your.

Michael

Well at the moment I've, because it's been summer. I grow lots of different herbs and things in the garden, so I make big salads and all that sort of things.

Lesley

A gardener. Hey!

Michael

Yeah, yeah.

Lesley

Wow.

Gloria

So Lesley what are you going to do when you put into work today?

Lesley

Well we are gonna do a vegetarian dish and this is called Oriental Chip Salad with a Cashew Sauce.

Michael

Oh great.

Lesley

Yeah it is, even if I do say so myself, which I often do. So you're good in the kitchen? Come here boy.

Gloria

Aren't you glad? On the slab!

Michael

You've got a big chopper.

Lesley

Oh dear all right. Now what I want you be first for is I want you to cut very thick slices. Ok?

Michael

Oh, I know we normally have a sous chef for that, why don't you?

Gloria

He forgot to do it for you

Michael

Of course, I just have thought we are in Holland. Your chips!

Lesley

Yeah, cut this in halves.

Michael

I know!

Lesley

Yeah?

Gloria

And leave the skin on Michael.

Michael

You know the skin is best for you isn't it?

Lesley

Well, it 's...

Michael

It's actually big or?

Lesley

No, no, no, no that's fine. Now sprinkle them into that.

Gloria

You're too good at this Michael.

Lesley

Straight in.

Gloria

He did wash his hands.

Michael

I didn't wash my hands.

Lesley

Hold your hand up.

Michael

After that.

Lesley

Naughty boy!

Michael

Or that one.

Lesley

All right, once you've cut your chips big there is a reason for it, cause the bigger the chips the better they are for you.

Michael

That's fact?

Lesley

Less fat. That's fact!

Gloria

You didn't know that, did you?

Michael

I just told her.

Lesley

Oh put them in. Are you going to.

Michael

Yes, yes, sure.

Lesley

Ok so put the chips in ..

Michael

She's a side to'er.

Lesley

Right drizzle with some soy-sauce.

Michael

I do that.

Lesley

Do you like to drizzle.

Michael

I prefer a torrent. Is it light soy?

Lesley

No, it's dark soy.

Michael

Right.

Lesley

O and then a little bit of olive oil.

Michael

Mmmm.

Gloria

A couple of teaspoons just over these. Oh that's enough. And some black pepper. We, we won't put salt on, cause the soy is?
Michael

Salty.

Gloria

Very salty.

Lesley

Very good and you young man can go off to the oven.

Gloria

This like today, what would you call in the old days, when we have.

Lesley

Oh Fanny and Johnny.

Gloria

Fanny and Johnny.

Michael

I know who YOU are.

Lesley

All right we're gonna make, we're gonna make the cashew sauce now.

Michael

Oh, and it´s only part one, love. Right sorry.

Lesley

We're gonna make the sauce now, we're gonna do a cashew sauce so we're going to roast them now, ok? So what I'd like you

Michael

No, I didn't do a thing.

Lesley

We're gonna roast some nuts. Roast the cashew nuts in some oil

Michael

What oil is it?

Lesley

This is just sunflower oil straight with the ??????

Michael

Well, yeah

Lesley

Garlic, lovely.

Michael

I'm gonna stink now. You got the spoon?

Lesley

You ??? lately?

Michael

Yeah loads

Lesley

All right. As we got a little bit garlic in there we got to be a little bit careful though, cause we don't want the garlic to burn, do we? That wouldn't be so good. All right. A little more Soy sauce. You are doing a great job here.

Gloria

Dark soy sauce.

Michael

Yeah

Lesley

Dark soy sauce going in. Lovely and also some lime juice.

Michael

Splendid

Lesley

It will hiss and splatter alarmingly.

Michael

Right, as long as it doesn't go on the frock.

Gloria

I hope not on the designer suit otherwise we would be sued.

Lesley

Oh lovely, lovely, lovely.

Michael

That is great.

Lesley

Looking good.

Gloria

What do you think, Michael, so far?

Michael

Great do you use some sesame oil a lot?

Lesley

I do, but I tend to drizzle it on things rather than cook things with it.

Michael

Yeah, yeah, so it's really strong, isn't it?

Lesley

All right my darling heart. So what I would like you to do now is: get that into there. Do you wanna use the spoon.

Michael

Yeah

Lesley

Yeah, straight in. You need .

Michael

Oh bloody hell.

Gloria

Michael, it's like a ???you spill more than you drink.

Lesley

I'm going to add a touch of water to this and give it a bit of, a bit of an.

Gloria

And let's hope the lid doesn't fly off.

Lesley

Hey

Michael

It's really simple

Lesley

Now, go and get the chips which we did earlier.

Michael

Right

Gloria

Get your glove

Michael

These ones I made earlier. Gosh that was quick.

Lesley

Yeah. Ok, different.

Michael

Mind you, they're hot.

Lesley

All right, ok.

Michael

Yeah

Gloria

It's a puppet.

Michael

It's a puppet.

Lesley

Ok, we got delicious chips on the tops.

Michael

Where's the sauce?

Lesley

ut them on top of the salad. Ok and see what you got is a nice crisp salad. You got that crunchy gorgeous chips on then finish of with a little bit of our cashew dressing.

Gloria

Beautifully done.

Michael

Really splendid.

Lesley

We need a man with big hands for this. What I'd like you to do is take that and squeeze it over there.

Michael

You know what?

Lesley

Squeeze it over the chips.

Michael

Oh it's mostly gone over my hand though.

Lesley

And there you have oriental chip salad with a cashew sauce.

Gloria

Splendid yes.

Lesley

(Looking at Michael, who took one chip) Very hot.

Michael

That's gorgeous.

Gloria

Good

Michael

That is really gorgeous.

Gloria

While I'm laughing so that you cannot taste the sauce. We actually thought, Michael and myself, we thought that this cover of Lesley's fantastic book, can you see this? Not shiny, no that's ??? Look at this. Is that where you would like chips and the Oriental Sauce, isn't it?

Michael

Beautiful

Gloria

There's fab. All covered with peppers. You took this photo then?

Lesley

My husband.

Gloria

Good photographer. Yes it's excellent and we love the recipe.

Lesley

Thank you very much

Gloria

And I know that Michael will always be indebted to.

Michael

Well I try that..

Gloria

When he tries to get into that Les Mis costume when he's eaten all these chips. They are marvelous. Anyway, while you lick your hands, would you like to tell everybody what's coming next?

Michael

We're gonna have some more from my co-presenter, Gloria ..

Gloria

What's her name?

Michael

Whatever! And we focus on the fashion of Princess Diana. We'll see you soon.

Gloria

We will yes.

Interval

Gloria

Hello again. Soon to come on the program. we talk to Richard Barber about the revelation in his new book about Earl Spencer. And we got on the right road to travel insurance, but before that, well after I've repaired my mascara and sort of blown my nose and had a good old cough and recovered from laughing we return to that performer extraordinaire. He's often hailed as the king of the musical... I wanna give you the big build up.

Michael

Oh, you do well, you do well.

Gloria

Thousands of performances of course who has credit in successful, very successful shows like Aspects of Love, he was wonderful in that, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. And of course his recording career has been incredible. He has that   Midas touch he tells me, because all of that have gone gold, pure gold.

Michael

You were asking for it.

Gloria

. Michael Ball. So, cashew nuts in your teeth then. Did you like them?

Michael

Nooo

Gloria

It's ok, Lesley has left of

Michael

Has she left the building?

Gloria

Yes, has left the building.

Michael

A bit of, needs a bit of sesame oil.

Gloria

A bit of sesame oil

Michael

Yeah, that's all.

Gloria

So that is the cook that is coming out of you.

Michael

Trust me, trust me.

Gloria

Trust me, trust me. Now it's time to talk seriously, talk abut your own career, because

Michael

It's over now, isn't it. After it.

Gloria

I saw you on the Royal Albert Hall. I saw you on the 50 th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber's concert, his 50 th birthday and obviously that is to come up the 5 th /6 th July.

Michael

Yes that is on the 6 th July on a Saturday night.

Gloria

On the Saturday.

Michael

They cannot show the whole of the concert as it was over 3 hours long, but I think it's an hour and a half program.

Gloria

But you have to relive some of that, because of incredible people, Antonio Banderas,

Michael

Yeah.

Gloria

Glenn Close

Michael

Glenn Close

Gloria

What was it like, that?

Michael

I've got to say, I've been lucky enough to do some terrific things in my career. That really I think up to now is the high spot. It was chaos putting it together. A complete nightmare. Sound going wrong, light going wrong. It all in rehearsals and it came to the night. Everybody jelled, everybody got on with it, went out there and it was the most extraordinary experience. And what I love about these kinds of shows you know you've done them, is that you get all different turns of , from all different walks of life. You got the film stars with Glenn and Antonio, you have people like Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, Donny Osmond.

Gloria

Donny Osmond!

Michael

And all this. And no one can afford to have an ego.

Gloria

Or a dressing room

Michael

No exactly.

Gloria

You had no room?

Michael

We all share. I was sharing with Donny and Antonio, who is, I've got to say, one of the nicest guys I've ever met and Melanie Griffith was there as well with him and she came, so sweet.

Gloria

Does she keep an eye on him?

Michael

Oh yes.

Gloria

Because the papers always says that she.

Michael

He loves it. He is one of the Latin guys. He's all family-orientated and worships the ground she walks on. She came in after he done his first number, crying around her eye. She was so proud and it came to the interval. And he was getting ready to do Phantom of the Opera and he was getting on his tuxedo. He got a white shirt on. I should preface this actually by saying: When the designer phoned me up, who was designing the show, he said: " Hey Michael, we're designing this show and it is all in black and white. So we thought that all the good characters, people playing good characters in the white and all the people who are playing bad characters in the black. " And I'm playing, one of the parts was Jesus in Gethsemane. So guess what: Jesus is a baddy and he shops at Armani.

But anyway. So Antonio is getting ready. He is going to his tuxedo, he puts on his white shirt. "Michael is no right, white shirt, I don't like it. Is no good for phantom. I have to find something else." He got this tatty little book-like T-shirt. I said: "Oh, Tone. I can't let you go out like this. So I had a shirt, a black collarless shirt, that I bought to wear after it. "What, if you put that on?" So he put on this really, really great and very expensive shirt. And put it and go: "It's phantastic, it's fabulous, I love it though it's a little big here." And I said, the music is starting. I said: "Come on you'll wear it." And I'm gaffer-taping at the back of his neck and I'm throwing him on stage.

Gloria

How funny.

Michael

He came off and he said: "Do you want this back?" And I said: "No, no, you look better in it than I do, you have it."

Gloria

Well, when you cannot say this, but I can. You performed Gethsemane which I personally never heard you sing before.

Michael

Not, it's the first time I done it.

Gloria

Such a song and such a dramatic interpretation and watch out for it, cause Michael literally does stop the show. In a way at the end of it, there was only Glenn Close and yourself ... huge evation.

Michael

Well that's cause I'm here .

Gloria

I could have Glenn Close. I did ask her, she'd like to do the show.

Michael

That´s really kind of you to say. It was one of those, as I said before, one of these evenings where you just keep your fingers crossed and for some reason everything jelled.

Gloria

Everything works.

Michael

The voice were on form, the orchestra was just magnificent and I ate it up.

Gloria

One to watch for. Now I'm going to show a clip from a show that you did in Wales.

Michael

Yeah

Gloria

And I think the working title if not THE title.

Michael

THE title.

Both

Ball in the Hall

Gloria

It's gotta be you.

Michael

Not my idea. No way. Please no it was not.

Gloria

So what you did, 3 of these concerts that will be put together as one.

Michael

Yes we did 3 concerts that went out on Wales. 3 half-hour shows and now the BBC are putting them together for the network to turn them into one long special.

Gloria

So let's have a look at you.

Michael

Yes

Gloria

With whom have you in this case?

Michael

In this case I think we got Martine McCutcheon. Tiffany from Eastenders.

Gloria

From Eastenders. We'll hear a bit.

Michael

Yes (A clip is shown)

Gloria

Duets of course are very fashionable, aren't they? But did that one came together. For sometimes it is very difficult, you are rehearsing separately.

Michael

I've seen Martine, I think it was the Children in Need show and she came in and sang "Don't rain on my parade" and I thought: That girl has got a great voice and she has charisma and star quality and to act.., there is a big difference between getting up in a pub or in a Karaoke night and singing an having a belt and getting out in front of a big orchestra and a big audience and cutting it and she did. She just ate it up every moment.

Gloria

And did the harmonies all work?

Michael

No! If you have a look at the beginning of the song, you didn't see on the clip, at the very beginning of the song it's meant to be in harmony and she just didn't sing. She just said: Nah! and started wandering around me dancing. I love that

Gloria

But it's all fun.

Michael

That's spontaneous, it's great.

Gloria

I remember a couple of duets when you did your own show.

Michael

Ya.

Gloria

On television with Montserrat Caballé.

Michael

Oh that was sensational.

Gloria

Sensational.

Michael

Well it..

Gloria

Was she fun to work with?

Michael

Oh, she was extraordinary. She's a large lady as you know. She's a . you get . Opera singers have a reputation and some of them deserve it. And so I was a little bit nervous about working with her. She came on. We did the duet "All I ask of you" from Phantom and when I'm singing a duet, you know I'm like this and I'm touchy and (imitating singing and in the meantime stroking G.´s arm)

Gloria

Oh, it's rather nice, that!

Michael

And she's got and these big eyes and she is giving it all like that and I'm going: Oh lovely". And at the end said: Oh Montse!

Gloria

Montse!

Michael

I said: Ms Caballé. "No, no, no, you can call me Montse". And I said: "hey, hope you don't mind we are singing this love song and I got very tactile." "Oh don't worry, I have so many places left for you to touch." In the series, in the series, I also sing with Lesley Garrett, who I wanted to sing with for ages. We do a medley of songs from the West Side Story. She's just amazing.

Gloria

She's wonderful, isn't she?

Michael

So we're gonna do a concert together at the end of August.

Gloria

She is an example of a singer who can straddle.

Michael

She really can.

Gloria

Serious stuff.

Michael

She takes, she takes notes. She knows when not to just belt it out to lay back on things.

Gloria

And have you given up the idea being a rock singer? I just ask, cause I remember one point you really wanted to be out with a band doing the old rock´n´roll songs.

Michael

I do it.

Gloria

Still?

Michael

Oh yes. I always have a section. The last. They will tell you (addressing the audience). The last concert tour we did, I put in a twenty minute rock´n´roll medley of all the best Jerry Lee Lewis songs, Chuck Berry songs. You know just the big rock´n´roll party. I love it, love it to bits.

Gloria

Well, I'm sure. Just for the moment. Ladies and Gentlemen, Michael Ball. Presenter doing well so far, isn't he?

Michael

She's not bad either.

Gloria

A thank you for Michael Ball. Well Michael will be staying with us right till the end of the program, cause I am determined that he will

 

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