Michael Ball

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

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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 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’s 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’ll 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 – 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.

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Michael Ball STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
2023
George

[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

Michael Ball Productions

 
[West End, 2010]
Producer

Michael Ball Movies

[1995]England, My England Henry Purcell

[2010]Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary Marius - 1985 Cast

[2019]Les Misérables: The Staged Concert Javert

Michael Ball Awards and Nominations

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MY FAVORITE THINGS: THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN 80th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Will Screen in Cinemas in Australia and New Zealand

The star-studded My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert, filmed last December, will be screened in more than 100 cinemas across Australia and New Zealand from 21st March 2024.

Q&A and Interview: The Development of EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE and Actor Ivano Turco on Joyful Queer Representation

BroadwayWorld was invited to a celebration of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Peacock Theatre. We were treated to a Q&A with Dan Gillespie Sells (Music), Ivano Turco (Jamie New), Giovanna Fletcher (Miss Hedge) and Talia Palamathanan (Pritti Pasha), hosted by Jonathan Butterell (Director). Here are some highlights from the Q&A, as well as an interview with Ivano!

PURLIE VICTORIOUS Stage Film to Premiere on PBS This May; Great Performances Sets New 'Broadway's Best' Lineup

The live capture of the recent Broadway revival of Purlie Victorious is premiering on PBS this May. Starring Leslie Odom Jr., the Kenny Leon-directed production was filmed before it closed on Broadway earlier this year. The lineup also includes the Audra McDonald concert, Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary, Hamlet, and more!

Alfie Boe, Killian Donnelly, Michael Ball, and Bradley Jaden Will Lead LES MISERABLES THE ARENA SPECTACULAR World Tour

Alfie Boe and Killian Donnelly will share the role of Jean Valjean and Michael Ball and Bradley Jaden will share the role of Javert in the UK, leading a cast and orchestra of over 65 in the forthcoming World Tour of LES MISÉRABLES THE ARENA SPECTACULAR. Learn more about the tour here!

Photos/Video: First Look at MY FAVORITE THINGS Concert Ahead of Cinema Release

All new production photos have been released for My Favorite Things: The Rodgers and Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert ahead of its cinema release. Check out the photos here!

GREAT PERFORMANCES to Air Audra McDonald Concert, Public Theatre's HAMLET & More This Spring

Audra McDonald's London Palladium Concert, The Public Theater’s production of Hamlet, Elton John And Bernie Taupin: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song concert special and a star-studded Rogers & Hammerstein celebration are coming to PBS. The specials will feature Ato Blankson-Wood, Aaron Tveit, Marisha Wallace, and more.

Video: See Audra McDonald, Aaron Tveit And More In MY FAVORITE THINGS In Concert, Coming To UK Cinemas This February

CinemaLive will present the cinema release of My Favorite Things: Rodgers and Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert on 14 and 18 February 2024. Check out the newest trailer!

MY FAVORITE THINGS Concert, Featuring Audra McDonald, Julian Ovenden, Aaron Tveit, and More, Will Come to Cinemas This February

CinemaLive has announced a new season of musical events to play in 475 cinemas across the UK and Ireland in 2024, including My Favorite Things, starring Audra McDonald, Julian Ovenden, Aaron Tveit, and more. Check out the full slate here!

MY FAVORITE THINGS: THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Will Come to Cinemas in the UK and Ireland

The star-studded My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert will be screened in more than 400 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 14 February and 18 February 2024.

Review: STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS: A CELEBRATION, Live at the Sondheim Theatre, Cast Recording

Were you one of the lucky few who managed to bag a ticket for the one-night-only, star-studded gala revue, StephenSondheim’s Old Friends, on May 3, 2022?

STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Cast Recording Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Bernadette Peters- Out This Week

Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends: A Celebration (Live at the Sondheim Theatre) will be available as a 2-disc CD set and digital and streaming formats on Friday, December 8.

Joanna Ampil and Maria Friedman Join MY FAVORITE THINGS: THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN 80th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization has announced that recent R&H leading lady Joanna Ampil (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific) and four-time Olivier Award® winner Maria Friedman will additionally headline My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS CABARET Comes to London This Festive Season

The Phoenix Arts Club, nestled in the heart of London’s West End, will present All I Want for Christmas is Cabaret: London’s Most Festive Variety Show over the holiday season from 1-30 December 2023.

Michael Ball and Lucy St. Louis Join Lineup For MY FAVORITE THINGS: THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization announced that two-time Olivier Award winner Michael Ball and West End sensation Lucy St. Louis will also headline the previously announced My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert. Tickets are available now.

Kate Rockwell, Anthony Norman, Amber Ardolino & More to Star in THE LADIES MAN Industry Presentation

The Ladies Man, a new musical with 24 original songs by Justin Mortelliti and Shannon Hunt, will have a private industry reading on November 3 in New York.  

Il Divo Australian Tour Commences in Two Weeks

IL DIVO Australian tour commences in 2 weeks! Don't miss the world's leading classical crossover group as they return to Australian stages, with special performances by Patrizio Buanne. This will be their first tour since the passing of Carlos Marín in 2021.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld October 10th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is  October 10, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Listen to Lea Salonga Sing 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' in OLD FRIENDS

Lea Salonga recently visited 'The Michael Ball Show' to chat about her new role in Old Friends. Listen to the interview and check out her performance of Gypsy's 'Everything's Coming Up Roses'.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night for STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS

The stars were out in force to celebrate the opening night of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre. Check out the photos below!

West End Cast Set For PETER PAN GOES WRONG

Mischief has announced the West End cast of Peter Pan Goes Wrong which sails into the West End for 7 and a half weeks only at the Lyric Theatre this Christmas. Find out who is starring in the show ehre!

Michael Ball FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Michael Ball has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Michael Ball has appeared on London's West End in 15 shows.

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

Michael Ball has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for his performances in "Sweeney Todd" and "Hairspray". Additionally, he received a nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his role in "The Woman in White".

Michael Ball has won several awards throughout his career. He has been honored with the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performances in "Sweeney Todd" and "Hairspray".

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