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ABRAVANEL HALL - SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Michael will be appearing at the Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday 14th and Saturday the 15th of May 2004.
On Tuesday March 16 the box office will be open to the general public for ticket sales starting at 10:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time by Calling in the U.S. 801-355-2787 or 1-888-451-2787 Also on the WEB at www.arttix.org
Also on the WEB at www.tickets.com
Tickets are priced at $60, $70 and $85.
MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR
Michael will be performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on May 16 2004. If you live in the United States and wish to listen to the broadcast live you can go to the following web site and find the radio station in your area that will be carrying the broadcast. then go to the tab that says "Music and the Spoken Word" and then follow the instructions. The start time is 9:30 A.M. Mountain Standard Time. www.mormontabernaclechoir.org
Michael Ball, Britain's leading musical star and the Variety Club Best Recording Artiste for 1998, has starred on Broadway and dominated the marquees on many of the leading West End shows for more than a decade. A proven and varied talent, Michael won acclaim and the hearts of the public with his numerous performances on stage, film and television. All Michael's eleven solo albums have held commanding positions in the UK charts, all rapidly going gold within weeks of their release. In July 1999 Michael was presented with the Theatregoers Club of Great Britain's award for Most Popular Musical Actor over the last 21 years.
Michael's theatre career to date boasts roles such as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance; Marius in Cameron Mackintosh and the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre in London; Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre in London; Alex in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London and on Broadway; and Giorgio in Stephen Sondheim's musical Passion at the Queen's Theatre, London. In 1992 Michael represented Great Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest. His entry One Step Out of Time reached an audience of over 600 million worldwide, soaring to Number One in the UK singles chart, a position his debut album Michael Ball swiftly took in the album chart. His success as a solo artist lead to a sell out national tour concluding at the London Palladium, and performances in front of HM The Queen at both Her Majesty's 40th Anniversary Gala and The Royal Variety Show.
Michael's musical career developed further in 1993 when, taking the role of Tony, he made a recording of West Side Story with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He released his second album Always, which entered the UK charts at number three and remained in the top 20 for 10 weeks. The album was supported by a 30 date national tour, once again playing to capacity houses, and at Christmas he conceived and directed his own Christmas Special, performing in major regional theatre and in London. It was during 1993 that Michael sang with Kiri Te Kanawa in front of a capacity audience at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena, and he launched his television show Michael Ball. Six episodes were recorded with Carlton Television, and his guests included the Bee Gees, Montserrat Caballe, Ray Charles, Gloria Estefan, Elaine Paige, Cliff Richard, Take That, Dionne Warwick and the late Tammy Wynette. 1994 saw the release of Michael's third album One Careful Owner, which swiftly went Gold. Michael narrated The Cameron Mackintosh Story for BBC Radio 2, as well as guest DJ for their prime time show. The success of Michael Ball the television show lead to the recording of a second series, which again attracted major stars including Larry Adler, James Brown, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marcella Detroit, D-Ream, Erasure, Darryl Hall, EmyLou Harris, Lulu, George Martin and Robert Palmer. Michael concluded a successful year with yet another sell out national tour, and the release of The Best of Michael Ball, which gave Michael his 4th Gold Disc in 3 years.
1995 was taken up with one off performances, including top billing in three major open air concerts in Exeter, Woburn Abbey and at Ludlow Castle with the BBC Big Band. He sung at the opening ceremonies of the European Youth Olympics in Bath and the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. He also performed for HM The Queen at the VE Day 50th Anniversary Concert in Hyde Park. He sang a duet with Elaine Paige at the BBC Radio Music Live '95 Concert in Birmingham and demand was such that he also performed concerts in Jersey, the Ulster Hall in Belfast and the Harrogate International Centre. Michael was invited to recreate the role of Marius for the 10th Anniversary Gala Concert of Les Miserables at the Royal Albert Hall. Michael released The Rose, a charity single raising money for ROC (Research into Ovarian Cancer), and as a founder member of the charity he continues to be heavily involed with their work. Michael ended the year starring in Tony Palmer's film England, My England, a Channel 4 Films production in which he played Henry Purcell, and with a one hour Michael Ball Christmas Special for Carlton Televison with guest stars Dusty Springfield and Michael Bolton.
1996 began with the release of his fifth album, First Love, which went straight into the UK charts at number 4, going Gold soon after, and saw his return to the stage starring in Stephen Sondheim's musical Passion at the Queen's Theatre, London. In the autumn he left the production to prepare his new album, Michael Ball - The Musicals, which was released in November to coincide with his 4th national sell out tour. The year ended with Michael topping the bill at the Joy to the World Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, susequently televised by the BBC.
1997 saw the release of Michael's video The Musicals and More...entering the UK video charts at number one. It remained in the top 5 for over 9 weeks, and the top 20 for over a year. Michael enjoyed a busy summer with an appearance at a major event in St Louis, USA. During '97 he returned to the television screen when he was asked to launch the Wednesday Lottery Show on BBC1, and guest present the National Lottery Live Show for the BBC during July. His performances included two open air concerts - one at Bedford Park in North Devon, and top billing for Proms in the Park, a concert held in Hyde Park in front of 35,000 people for the Last Night of the Proms. Following huge demand from the public, he ended the year with a 5th national sell out tour named Nothing But The Best. He appeared in the 1997 Royal Variety Performance on the occasion of HM The Queen's Golden Wedding Anniversary, and as guest of honour at the Hallelujah Christmas Concert in Birmingham.
In the early part of 1998, Michael performed and recorded three shows for the BBC at St David's Hall, Cardiff, with special guests Lesley Garrett, Ronan Keating and Martine McCutcheon. This was televised nationally during the summer in an hour long special entitled An Evening with Michael Ball. Due to Michael's huge contributionn to the success of Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Cameron Mackintosh's musicals, he was asked to appear at both of their 50th birthday celebrations. Lloyd Webber's evening was recorded for video and was released internationally from which Michael received many great reviews. During the summer he enjoyed performing at a selection of sell out open air festivals such as the Chelmsford Spectacular and the Liverpool Summer Pops. 1998 ended with a third hugely successful concert for his charity R.O.C, and the promotion of his 7th solo album entitled The Movies, which enjoys Platinum status with over 500,000 sales in the UK.
1999 had an exceptional begining as Michael was named the Variety Club of Great Britain's Recording Artiste for 1998. This was in recognition of Michael's album The Movies, which gained Platinum status only 6 weeks after its release. Having begun his career as a musical actor, Michael was honoured at being regarded as a recording artist, and this has opened out his audience base even further. His 6th UK tour went on sale at the close of 1998 and sold out within weeks. During April and May on the tour he entertained and delighted 74,527 people at 25 concerts. Not satisfied with such a gruelling tour Michael went onto perform a concert in Amsterdam, two shows at the Liverpool Pops Festival and open air concerts at Castle Howard, Glamis Castle and Longleat House. In July, the Theatregoers Club of Great Britain voted Michael the Most Popular Musical Actor over the last 21 years. He also performed private shows for The Prince's Trust in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales at Highgrove and for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Night. To conclude the summer season, Michael performed 4 sell out shows in Ireland. Whilst putting the finishing touches to his Live at the Royal Albert Hall video and album, as well as a Christmas album, he was involved in the Rugby World Cup opening and closing ceremonies during October. The launch of the live video and CD saw the year end on a high. His video went straight in at number one, and has since gone Platinum, with over 140,000 sales in the UK, whilst his album achieved Gold status within 3 weeks of going on sale. Michael saw in the millenium with an outdoor concert in Kuala Lumpur.
As soon as the new millenium began, Michael announced his 7th UK tour. The 27 date tour practically sold out within 6 weeks of going on sale. The majority of the year was spent planning and developing his new album titled This Time....It's Personal, which was released in October. The album includes covers of songs that are personal to him, and for the first time it includes material written by him. In July, whilst completing the album, PBS in the USA asked Michael to do a whistle stop promotional tour as they wished to show his Live at the Royal Albert Hall video as part of their August pledge drive. The reaction was overwhelming, with the video being shown across 30 states and he left with fans demanding more. Whilst in the US, Michael confirmed that along with the album, he would be recording in September a one off performance to an intimate audience of 300 at the Cafe de Paris in the heart of London's West End. The concert comprised a selection of songs from the new album as well as new and old favourites, and was released alongside the album in October. The year ended with Michael performing to 75,000 people on his 7th sell out UK tour, and a Gold disc for his album This Time....It's Personal.
In early March 2001 Michael was able to turn a long-held career dream into reality by appearing in concert in Australia. On the release of his latest Gold selling album there, Michael flew to Sydney for a 'one night only' concert, his first performannce for an Australian audience. The Australian's welcome was one of the best he has ever experienced. Upon his return to the UK, Michael was planning and recording Centre Stage, a compilation of songs from the musical theatre due for release in September, and he also managed to perform a number of sell out concerts throughout the UK. September saw Michael returning to his roots when he was invited to appear at the Donmar Warehouse for two weeks only as part of the Divas at the Donmar season. This thrilling challenge gave Michael the opportunity to explore areas of the musical stage in a new concept show that embraced many sonngs that Michael had not sung before. His album Centre Stage was released during this time and went to Gold within 7 weeks. The year ended with a video release of his Donnmar show titled Alone Together, along with a sold out UK tour in December. 2002 began with Michael hard at work in rehearsal for the exciting new production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, which opened in April with Michael taking the lead role of Caractus Potts. In 2003, after completing a 16 month run in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Michael recorded a new album, A LOVE STORY and subsequently undertook a major concert tour of the UK. The year finished with a Gala Christmas Concert at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
In March 2004, Michael undertook a highly successful concert tour of Australia, including a sell out at Sydney Opera House. In April 2004 Michael will play opposite Petula Clark in BBC Radio 2's live concert production of SUNSET BOULEVARD recorded at Cork Opera House, prior to making his American solo concert debut in Salt Lake City, Utah in May.