CMP ENTERTAINMENT are proud to announce, Britain's leading musical star MICHAEL BALL, as the latest super star to sign up for this year’s Summer Pops, alongside confirmed artists Diana Ross, Michael Bublé, Crowded House, Mick Hucknall, Deacon Blue, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Counting Crows, Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Meat Loaf. Expect more big names to be revealed next week!
Michael Ball comes to the Pops on 19th July and tickets go on sale on FRIDAY 21st March 2008 at 9:00am. Tickets for Counting Crows and Meat Loaf go on sale on FRIDAY 14th MARCH at 9:00am. Support act for The Counting Crows has been confirmed as hotly tipped US band The Hold Steady. “The Steady are a band that make life seem more exuberant…serving up another dose of good-time American rock’n’roll” NME.
Michael will be performing a very special ‘musicals spectacular’ show, especially for the Liverpool audience. He will be performing songs from his record breaking musical Hairspray as well as hit numbers taken from some of the world’s best-loved musicals.
Michael Ball, has starred on Broadway and dominated many leading West End shows for over twenty years. A dynamic performer and charismatic talent, Michael has won critical acclaim and the hearts of the public with his numerous performances on stage, film and television. Michael’s solo albums have all held commanding positions in the UK charts, all rapidly going gold within weeks of their release.
This week he picked up an Olivier Award for the West End production of the musical Hairspray, which received a record-breaking 11 Olivier nominations. Hairspray, the high-spirited show based on John Waters’s 1988 cult film, won four awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for Michael.
Best known for the song ‘Love Changes Everything’ and musical theatre roles such as Marius in Les Misérables, Alex in Aspects of Love, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and not forgetting Edna Turnblad in Hairspray.
Michael last performed in Liverpool back in December, at The Royal Variety Performance, appearing in drag as the character Edna Turnblad, as part of the Hairspray cast: “I can’t wait to be back in Liverpool this summer…without the dress and high heels this time!” he said.
In 1992 Michael represented Great Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest. His entry ‘One Step Out of Time’, reached a worldwide audience of over 600 million and topped the UK singles chart. His debut album, ‘Michael Ball’, swiftly followed suit. His success as a solo artist lead to a sell out national tour concluding at the London Palladium, and performances in front of HM The Queen at both Her Majesty's 40th Anniversary Gala and The Royal Variety Show.