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There are (at least) two artists named Michael Ball: Michael Ball (1946) of Manchester, a British composer, and Michael Ashley Ball (1962), a British actor and singer.

Michael Ball (born Michael Ashley Ball, on 27 June 1962 in Bromsgrove, England) is a British actor and singer, best known for musical theatre roles such as Marius in Les Misérables, Alex in Aspects of Love, and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Although born in England, Michael Ball is half Welsh, and says jokingly that he considers himself “Wenglish” and proud to be British [1]. He studied Drama at the Guildford School of Acting and graduated in 1984. His first major break was a star part in the production of The Pirates of Penzance at the Opera House, Manchester. Next came a brief stint in Rep. Cameron Mackintosh saw him and cast him as Marius in Les Misérables. Next came Raoul in the second casting of Phantom of the Opera, and Alex in Aspects of Love, both in London and on Broadway, and Giorgio in Stephen Sondheim’s London production of Passion. Alone Together was Michael’s one man show first performed at The Donmar Warehouse (which was reprised in 2004 for the Singular Sensations season at the Haymarket). In 2002 Michael took on the role of Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which was largely considered his comeback role. In 2005, at 10 days’ notice, he replaced Michael Crawford, who had to leave the show due to ill health, as Count Fosco in The Woman in White, and gave a popular and critically-acclaimed performance.


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  • promisedeyes

    "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" is utterly fantastic!

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    I love his presentation of this song great backing .Mmmmmm (( * _ * ))

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • KiraLo


    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    I like this sung by Bet Midler best on her first release

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
  • rosmaritbrum


    23 May 2010 Reply
  • ChudleyCannons

    i of course discovered him through Les Miserables, and all that, but then one year saw his Christmas Album in a record shop, and it is by far my favorite christmas cd, despite coming off a bit depressing. His O Holy Night ranks as one of my top versions of my favorite Christmas song.

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • sevenforests

    One more day before the storm! Do I follow where she goes?? At the barricades of freedom! Shall I join my brothers there?? When the ranks begin to form! Do I stay and do I dare? WILL YOU TAKE YOUR PLACE WITH ME??

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
  • abelfan

    I love Michael's voice. He is the definitive Marius for me.

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Xarlie_Moreno

    Michael Ball, un sentimiento ♪♫

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
  • danielmatthews8

    I think Michael Ball is fantastic and a real inspiration to my work and my music. I have seen his solo concerts and musicals such as Hairspray. i'm looking forward to seeing him in Manchester this year.

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Mirtrione

    I love Michael Ball's voice, but I can't stand his material and non-stop covers.

    29 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Christien67


    14 May 2009 Reply
  • AkaneIkeda

    i just got to know him... but he is really good

    12 May 2009 Reply
  • foreverjeune

    I love Michael Ball .. been a fan for several years .. he has such a beautiful, rich and powerful voice .. could listen to him all day!

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • Angiekb

    Who could not melt on hearing that wonderful voice, & he so obviously loves his work . Thankyou Michael, for all the pleasure you have given me over the years. Angie

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Shoheen

    I admit, I went off him for a couple of years, but never fear, I am back. He is just sooo good!

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • garykirk

    I feel a bit cheated seeing him in Hairspray as he is singing as a woman. Still, great voice and a lovely man :)

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Vanderdecken

    His A Little Fall of Rain in the 10th Anniversary Concert is beautiful, I wish he got to sing an extended version with Lea Salonga. Don't think much of his other.

    13 Sep 2008 Reply
  • laurak23

    I can't believe there aren't more plays for him. I absolutely adore him in every way. I was practically speechless when I met him after a performance of Patience in NYC in September of 2005.

    23 Mar 2008 Reply
  • pubertrx

    i love his duet with lea salonga!

    22 Dec 2007 Reply
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