Michael Ball to host West End Heroes
TWO-time Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Michael Ball will host the 2014 West End Heroes gala concert, which takes place at the Dominion Theatre on Sunday, September 28.
Michael Ball will oversee proceeedings and also perform in the gala concert, which will again unite the country’s top military musicians with even more West End performers and productions in a dazzling showcase of showstopping numbers, unlikely song mash-ups and stunning choreography and precision drilling.
He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to take part in West End Heroes and to show my respect, admiration and support for the amazing men and women who‘ve literally put their lives on the line for us all. It’ll be a joy and a challenge to host the entire evening (as well as hopefully performing a couple of songs) and I can promise it’s going to be a concert not to be missed. And, if all goes to plan there will be some wonderful surprises in store!”
Michael Ball made his West End debut as Marius in the original London cast of Les Misérables before going on to star in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love (West End and Broadway), 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, and in 2008, made box office history at the Shaftesbury Theatre with his Olivier Award-winning performance as Edna Turnblad in the smash hit musical Hairspray, which he then took on tour across the UK. That same year he not only made his debut as a chat show host on ITV 1’s The Michael Ball Show but also as a West End co-producer with the musical theatre production of Love Story at the Duchess Theatre.
In 2013, Ball won the Whatsonstage.com and Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed lead role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Chichester Festival Theatre and Adelphi Theatre).
Ball regularly tours the UK as a concert artist and has sold millions of albums and DVDs nationally and internationally. He’s performed in Australia, China, USA and Singapore and in 2007, made his BBC Proms debut: An Evening with Michael Ball at the Royal Albert Hall, the first time a musical theatre star had been given a solo concert at the Proms.
As well as a hugely successful radio broadcasting career which includes his own show, Sunday Night with Michael Ball, he recently completed shooting the Victoria Wood BBC TV film, That Day We Sang with Imelda Staunton and in November 2014 will release his 19th solo album through Union Square Music.
Help for Heroes is a charity that offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses while serving their country. This is provided through grants to individuals, other Service charities, capital build projects and four Personnel Recovery Centres across the UK.
Read more about West End Heroes.