MICHAEL BALL is Britain’s leading musical theatre star, a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter. For 30 years Michael has been at the top of his game starring in musical theatre productions in the West End and on Broadway winning critical acclaim, a devoted following and awards for his stage work and recording career.
Michael made his West End debut as Marius in the original London cast of Les Misérables; he starred in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love in the West End and on Broadway, in the London production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion and as Caractacus Potts in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 2005 he returned to Broadway as Count Fosco in The Woman in White, which transferred from London’s West End and, in the same year, made his New York City Opera debut as Reginald Bunthorne in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. In 2007 he made his debut with the ENO as Haj/The Poet in Kismet.
In 2008 Michael made box office history with his Olivier Award winning performance as Edna Turnblad in the smash hit musical Hairspray which he then took on tour across the UK. In 2013 Michael won his second Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed lead role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Michael regularly tours the UK as a concert artist and has sold millions of albums over the last 25 years; he’s performed in Australia, China, USA, Singapore and in 2007 made his BBC Proms debut: An Evening with Michael Ball at the Royal Albert Hall marked the first time a musical theatre star had been given a solo concert at the Proms.
Michael has a successful radio broadcasting career which includes his own show, Sunday Night with Michael Ball. He is also a popular TV presenter and in addition to hosting his own series, The Michael Ball Show on ITV1, he starred with Imelda Staunton in the Victoria Wood BBC TV film, ‘That Day We Sang’ and is also a regular guest presenter on Lorraine, This Morning, and The One Show.
On July 13th 2015, Michael opened at Chichester Festival Theatre as Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel, with music and lyrics by the great Jerry Herman. The production then went on to tour the UK
In 2016 Michael recorded a new album with Alfie Boe, entitled ‘Together’, which was released on Decca Records in November. The album went Platinum in just over 5 weeks, was 2016’s Christmas Number 1, has now sold over 500,000 copies and was the biggest selling album release of the year! Michael and Alfie also entertained more than 80,000 fans on a sold out 29 date tour of the UK.
2017 looks like it will be just as busy, with a Summer and Autumn tour confirmed alongside Alfie Boe and many more exciting things to come!