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Michael Ball

 
Date Of Birth:
June 27, 1962 (60)
Birth Place:
Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands, ENGLAND
Bio:
Michael made his West End debut when Cameron Mackintosh cast him as Marius Pontmercy in the original London production of Les Misérables 35 years ago. Last year Ball led an all-star company for the special concert engagement of Les Mis, playing Javert, a role that he is thrilled to reprise this ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: June 27, 1962 (60)

Birth Place: Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands, ENGLAND

Bio:
Michael made his West End debut when Cameron Mackintosh cast him as Marius Pontmercy in the original London production of Les Misérables 35 years ago. Last year Ball led an all-star company for the special concert engagement of Les Mis, playing Javert, a role that he is thrilled to reprise this ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [West End]
West End Revival, 2021
Javert [Replacement]
  [West End]
London Revival, 2021
Edna Turnblad
  [West End]
West End Staged Concert Revival, 2021
Javert
  [West End]
London Coliseum Revival Production, 2018
Anatoly
  [West End]
Chichester Festival Theatre Production, 2012
Sweeney Todd
  [West End]
London Production, 2007
Edna Turnblad
  [West End]
English National Opera Production, 2007
Hajj/Poet
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2005
Count Fosco
  [Off-Broadway]
New York City Opera Revival, 2005
Reginald Bunthorne
  [West End]
Original London Production, 2004
Count Fosco [Replacement]
  [London Fringe]
London Concert Revival, 2004
Joe Gillis
  [West End]
Original London Production, 2002
Caractacus Potts
  [West End]
London Concert, 1997
Giorgio
  [West End]
London Revival, 1996
Giorgio
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1990
Alex Dillingham
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1989
Alex Dillingham
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1985
Marius
Chain Gang

Productions

 
[West End, 2010]
Producer

Michael Ball Movies

England, My England
 
[1995]
Henry Purcell
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary
 
[2010]
Marius - 1985 Cast
Les Misérables: The Staged Concert
 
[2019]
Javert

Michael Ball Biography

Michael made his West End debut when Cameron Mackintosh cast him as Marius Pontmercy in the original London production of Les Mis√©rables 35 years ago. Last year Ball led an all-star company for the special concert engagement of Les Mis, playing Javert, a role that he is thrilled to reprise this festive season, in response to the challenges of 2020 and the necessity to open theatres countrywide- The Show Must Go On! In 2021 Michael will lead the spectacular new production of Hairspray at the London Coliseum, reprising his Olivier award winning performance as Edna Turnblad. His previous theatre credits include Chess at the London Coliseum, Sondheim‚Äôs Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Adelphi Theatre, Mack and Mabel at Chichester Festival Theatre and on tour, Passion at the Queen‚Äôs Theatre, Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre and on tour, The Woman in White at the Palace Theatre and then on Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty‚Äôs Theatre, Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre and on Broadway, Patience at New York City Opera, Kismet at the London Coliseum (with Alfie Boe), Alone Together at the Donmar and Theatre Royal, Haymarket and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, where he played Carrie Hope Fletcher‚Äôs stage father, Caractacus Potts. Alongside his musical theatre career, for which he has received two Olivier Awards and an OBE, Ball is a platinum-selling recording/concert artist, and was the first musical theatre star to have been given a solo concert at BBC Proms. In 2020 Michael topped the singles charts with Captain Tom Moore and the Voices of Care Choir with You‚Äôll Never Walk Alone in aid of NHS Charities Together. He currently presents The Michael Ball Show on BBC Radio 2 and has also presented multiple television series. Alongside his solo career, Michael has had a number of triumphs with Alfie Boe ‚Äď number 1 albums in 2016 & 2017, followed by a third album release in 2019 which debuted at number 2. With combined sales of over 1.5 million, it led to them winning a pair of Classical Brit awards and being asked to front their own ITV specials, as well as touring international arenas. In 2019, Ball completed a 23 date tour of the UK to coincide with the release of his number 1 album, Coming Home To You.
Their fourth studio album, titled Together at Christmas, was released in 2021.

Michael Ball Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2013 - Best Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Michael BallSweeney Todd
 
Olivier Awards - 2008 - Best Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Michael Ball, Hairspray
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Michael Ball, The Woman in White

Michael Ball News

BIG NIGHT OF MUSICALS Returns to BBC One and BBC Radio 2 Photo BIG NIGHT OF MUSICALS Returns to BBC One and BBC Radio 2
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jan 26, 2023

For the second year running, Big Night Of Musicals will be staged by The National Lottery at the AO Arena Manchester on Monday 27 February, bringing together the biggest shows from the world of theatre for a spectacular celebration.

The National Lottery's Big Night Of Musicals Returns to Manchester Next Month Photo The National Lottery's Big Night Of Musicals Returns to Manchester Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Jan 25, 2023

After the huge success of its first musicals extravaganza last year, on Monday 27th February The National Lottery is once again bringing together the biggest shows from the world of theatre for a spectacular celebration of musicals. 

BBC Radio 2 Presents Line Up for PIANO ROOM Month Photo BBC Radio 2 Presents Line Up for PIANO ROOM Month
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jan 20, 2023

Radio 2 Piano Room month sees an abundance of world famous, award-winning artists each perform exclusively with the BBC Concert Orchestra from Monday 30 January to Friday 24 February 2023.

Get Tickets For ASPECTS OF LOVE, Starring Michael Ball Photo Get Tickets For ASPECTS OF LOVE, Starring Michael Ball
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jan 16, 2023

‚ÄėNothing in the world will ever be the same‚Äô

STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Broadcast Date and Time Confirmed Photo STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Broadcast Date and Time Confirmed
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Dec 30, 2022

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends will be broadcast on BBC Two on 31 December at 5.35pm and then available on the BBC iPlayer. Performances will include Bernadette Peters singing 'Losing My Mind' from Follies and Imelda Staunton singing 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' from Gypsy.

VIDEO: Watch Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, and More in SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Concer Photo VIDEO: Watch Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, and More in SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Concert Trailer
by Blair Ingenthron - Dec 24, 2022

Watch the trailer for the New Year's Eve BBC and iPlayer broadcast of the star-studded SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS concert starring Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, Michael Ball, and many more.

Liza Pulman Brings THE HEART OF IT to The Other Palace Next Month Photo Liza Pulman Brings THE HEART OF IT to The Other Palace Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Dec 2, 2022

Singer, actress and comedienne Liza Pulman will bring her acclaimed tour de force The Heart of It to The Other Palace in 2023, with performances on Monday 23 and Monday 30 January.

Review: LES MISERABLES Stuns Once More at the Marcus Center Photo Review: LES MISERABLES Stuns Once More at the Marcus Center
by Kelsey Lawler - Dec 1, 2022

Seen by 130 million people in 53 countries and 22 languages, 'Les Miserables' stands the test of time and jukebox musical trends. Magnificent performances, dazzling sets and staging, soaring orchestrations -- these make the show timeless, breathtaking, and powerful as ever.

MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE DO VEGAS Will Air on Channel 5 in December Photo MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE DO VEGAS Will Air on Channel 5 in December
by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2022

Following the success of their UK top 3 album Together in Vegas last month the UK's biggest-selling male recording duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe head out, for a one-off TV special, to discover the wonders of the world's entertainment capital Las Vegas.

SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Concert Will be Broadcast on BBC This Holiday Season Photo SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Concert Will be Broadcast on BBC This Holiday Season
by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2022

The star-studded Sondheim's Old Friends concert will be broadcast on BBC this holiday season! Dates and times for the BBC Two broadcast and iPlayer release have yet to be announced.

Michael Ball Videos

VIDEO: Watch Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, and More in SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Concer Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, and More in SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Concert Trailer

by Blair Ingenthron - Dec 24, 2022

Watch the trailer for the New Year's Eve BBC and iPlayer broadcast of the star-studded SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS concert starring Bernadette Peters, Judi Dench, Michael Ball, and many more.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from OLD FRIENDS, Celebrating Stephen Sondheim! Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Highlights from OLD FRIENDS, Celebrating Stephen Sondheim!

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 4, 2022

An all-star cast came together in London's West End for a thrilling, joyous celebration of the extraordinary talents and legacy of composer & lyricist Stephen Sondheim at the theatre which was gloriously rebuilt and renamed in his honor. Watch video highlights now including performances of 'Being Alive,' 'Old Friends' and 'Our Time' below!

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah  Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah Waddingham, Judi Dench & More

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 27, 2022

Cameron Mackintosh has invited Stephen Sondheim’s old friends to join him in celebrating his extraordinary talents and legacy at the Sondheim Theatre which was recently gloriously rebuilt in Sondheim’s honour and thanks the cast and company and everyone involved for agreeing to a special screening which will allow over 2,500 to see the performance.

VIDEO: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Talk 'Together at Christmas', Perform 'White Christ Videoplay
VIDEO: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Talk 'Together at Christmas', Perform 'White Christmas' and More on THIS MORNING

by Stage Tube - Dec 20, 2020

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe recently appeared on This Morning to¬†chat about their new Christmas album, their new year tour and taking to the stage in Les Miserables. Plus, the pair performed their rendition of¬†‚ÄėWhite Christmas‚Äô.

VIDEO: Michael Ball Performs 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at the Royal Variety Show Videoplay
VIDEO: Michael Ball Performs 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at the Royal Variety Show

by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2020

Michael Ball took to the stage to perform 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at the 2020 Royal Variety Show.

VIDEO: LES MISERABLES, MARY POPPINS, and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Perform on BRITAIN' Videoplay
VIDEO: LES MISERABLES, MARY POPPINS, and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Perform on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

by Stage Tube - Oct 10, 2020

The combined companies of Les Misérables - The Staged Concert, The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins all got together to perform on Britain's Got Talent this weekend.

VIDEO: Michael Ball, Lizzie Bea, and the London Cast of HAIRSPRAY Perform on BRITAIN' Videoplay
VIDEO: Michael Ball, Lizzie Bea, and the London Cast of HAIRSPRAY Perform on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

by Stage Tube - Sep 26, 2020

The London cast of Hairspray performed on Britain's Got Talent tonight, 27 September at 8pm.

VIDEO: Matt Lucas Joins West End Stars For 'Thank You Baked Potato' Videoplay
VIDEO: Matt Lucas Joins West End Stars For 'Thank You Baked Potato'

by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2020

Matt Lucas, Michael Ball, Petula Clark, Cameron Mackintosh, Claude-Michel Schonberg, and more have released a virtual performance of the comedy song 'Thank You Baked Potato.'

VIDEO: Michael Ball and Captain Tom Moore Release 'You'll Never Walk Alone' in Aid of Videoplay
VIDEO: Michael Ball and Captain Tom Moore Release 'You'll Never Walk Alone' in Aid of the NHS

by Stage Tube - Apr 17, 2020

Michael Ball has teamed up with Captain Tom Moore for a duet of 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' All proceeds from the new single will go to the veteran's walk fund.

VIDEO: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Chat, Share Performance Footage and More Videoplay
VIDEO: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Chat, Share Performance Footage and More

by Stage Tube - Mar 31, 2020

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe recently released an album called Back Together. The pair reunited to chat about how they're spending their time at home, shared footage from a recent performance, and more.


Michael Ball Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Michael Ball been in?
Michael Ball has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Michael Ball been in?
Michael Ball has appeared on London's West End in 14 shows.

What was Michael Ball's first West End show?
Michael Ball's first West End show was Les Miserables which opened in 1985

What awards has Michael Ball been nominated for?
Best Actor in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Sweeney Todd Best Actor in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Hairspray and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Woman in White .

What awards has Michael Ball won?
Best Actor in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Sweeney Toddand Best Actor in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Hairspray .


Twitter Watch

@mrmichaelball - 12/31/22 07:28pm HappyNewYear my lovelies. Be safe, try and be positive and always be kind. I’m sending you so much love and I hope… https://t.co/DOGhlUSlJG


@mrmichaelball - 12/25/22 03:58am Merry Christmas my lovelies. Hope you’re having the best time possible with people you love. I’m thinking of you???… https://t.co/fC9eqPDEIy


@mrmichaelball - 12/21/22 01:04pm Tonight is the night to look FABULOUS ? Our special airs TONIGHT @channel5_tv at 10:15pm https://t.co/o2ficQ4jwf


@mrmichaelball - 12/20/22 01:05pm It was a little bit funny though ? What other Vegas classic would you have loved to listen to as part of the album?… https://t.co/h7LwAfT2bB


@mrmichaelball - 12/16/22 09:10am Together on vinyl! ? We're very excited to finally have one of our albums on vinyl, there's nothing quite like it ?… https://t.co/DzSbx4oNBa


@mrmichaelball - 12/14/22 07:29am Good news! We’ve managed to re-schedule the book event Ely Cathedral! It’ll now take place on Tues 24th Jan. Ticke… https://t.co/Qj8omOGDdr


@mrmichaelball - 12/13/22 07:41am https://t.co/K98Aept92W


@mrmichaelball - 12/8/22 07:37am If you’re looking for a perfect present shaped gift idea for family and friends this Christmas - I’ve got a great i… https://t.co/D4cskOhAHm


@mrmichaelball - 12/2/22 11:41am It‚Äôs beginning to look a lot like Christmas ‚ĚĄÔłŹ To celebrate our favourite holiday of the year, we have bundled up T‚Ķ https://t.co/hY9y3UZLQp


@mrmichaelball - 11/30/22 07:31am Viva Las Vegas ??‚≠źÔłŹ We‚Äôre very excited to announce that our ‚ÄėMichael Ball & Alfie Boe do Las Vegas‚Äô special will be‚Ķ https://t.co/1tYvV8Qipf


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