MUSICAL theatre legend Michael Ball is returning to Blackpool next year with his latest UK tour.
Tickets for his April 26 Opera House concert cost £37.50 and go on general sale from 9am on Friday at www.blackpoollive.com, www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
In addition to his April and May tour Michael will be returning to BBC Radio 2 next year with a new radio show and in February he will release a new studio album Both Sides Now – also the name of his tour.
Both the tour and the album will comprise of two halves, encompassing Michael’s biggest hits from both his recorded and stage careers.
Michael Ball has won critical and public acclaim over the last 25 years with his dynamic, award-winning lead roles in the West End and on Broadway. And, with his concurrent career as a multi-platinum recording artist, top selling live concert performer and radio and television broadcaster, the Olivier-Award winning Ball has been, for many years, in the enviable position of combining these individual aspects of showbusiness with continuing success.
Michael’s many West End credits include originating the role of Marius (Les Miserables); Giorgio (Stephen Sondheim’s Passion); Raoul (Phantom of the Opera),Alex (Aspects of Love, West End and Broadway), Caractacus Potts (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Count Fosco (Woman In White, West End and Broadway), Edna Turnblad (Hairspray, West End and on tour) for which he won the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor In A Musical, and Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Chichester and West End).
Michael is a hugely successful concert artist performing many times in theatres and venues across the UK as well as Australia, the US and the Far East. His many television shows have included Michael Ball, An Evening With Michael Ball, The Michael Ball Show and, for BBC Radio 2, Ball Over Broadway, Michael Ball’s Sunday Brunch and the 2012 six part series, Songwriting Partnerships.
In August 2007 Michael made his BBC Proms debut with An Evening With Michael Ball at the Royal Albert Hall which marked the first time a musical theatre star had been given a solo concert at the classical music festival. He also performed at the 10th anniversary concert of Les Miserables at the Royal Albert Hall and the show’s 25th anniversary concert at the 02 Arena.
He co-presented the Olivier Awards in 2011 and 2012 with Imelda Staunton (who played Mrs Lovett to Michael’s Sweeney Todd in the wildly successful Chichester and West End productions of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street).