Ball Is Alone Together Again in Sensations, 27 SepDate: 21 July 2004
West End favourite Michael Ball (pictured) has now been confirmed to join Americans Barbara Cook and Michael Feinstein in the six-week “Singular Sensations” season of cabaret at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Ball will play for a fortnight from 27 September to 9 October 2004.
For the Haymarket dates, Ball will reprise a version of his intimate Alone Together performance, previously seen (and recorded) in 2001 as part of the now defunct Divas at the Donmar annual season of cabaret. Ball was most recently seen in the West End at the London Palladium, as the original Caractus Potts in the stage musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for which he was nominated for a Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Michael Ball made his West End debut in 1985, originating the role of Marius in Les Miserables. He went on to star in The Phantom of the Opera, Passion and Aspects of Love. It was the last that had perhaps the most dramatic impact on his career, transferring to Broadway and also producing the #1 hit song "Love Changes Everything", which has become one of Ball's signature tunes. For the past several years, Ball has focused attention on his popular singing career, releasing solo albums and mounting several sell-out concert tours.
“Singular Sensations” will kick off with Broadway diva Barbara Cook, running from 7 to 11 September, followed by multiple Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein, from 13 to 25 September (See News, 20 Jul 2004). An announcement of the performer for the final slot, from 11 to 16 October, is expected shortly. Booking for the first three is now open.
Currently at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the screen-to-stage adaptation of romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, now starring Molly Ringwald and Michael Landes, will finish its seven-month run on 4 September 2004.
“Singular Sensations” will be followed by John Caird’s revival of Jean Anouilh’s Becket, starring Dougray Scott in the title role and Jasper Britton as King Henry II, who clashes with the archbishop (See News, 9 Jul 2004). It opens for a 16-week run on 27 October 2004 (previews from 20 October).
- by Terri Paddock