~ 04/04/1999, by Andy Richards ~
Fans have a ball at star's home gig
MUSICALLY, he's been there, seen it, done it and probably has a collection
of T-shirts to prove it.
From the West End of Broadway, the Eurovision Song Contest, and several
hit albums, Michael Ball has achieved global fame and success.
The Bromsgrove-born musical maestro returned "home" on Friday
night to the Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre to celebrate his
talents and show just why he has achieved mega-success.
He kicked off a stunning two-hour-plus set with the Full Monty hit Hot
Stuff to the immediate delight of an adoring mainly female (of all ages)
Terrific versions of the Boyzone/Billy Ocean classic When the Going Gets
Tough, Love On The Rocks from The Jazz Singer, and a tribute to Dusty
Springfield, with the song How Can I Be Sure, followed. Interspersed were
hits from many West End shows, mostof which he has appeared in, including
Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord, from Godspell, Memories from Cats, and
Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar.
It was a stunning mix of styles which reflected his truly excellent voice
After an hour-long first half, which sped by, he left the stage for a
20 minute break before returning to delight again with the likes of Don't
Cry For Me Argentina and the monster Titanic-hit My Heart Will Go On.
A magnificent one-song encore of his traditional show-stopper Love Changes
Everything concluded a memorable evening and sent the sell- out crowd,