This widely acclaimed show represents a complete departure for Michael Ball. On a bare stage with just a piano, his dramatic and moving performance takes us on a tour of an artist’s life, his struggles and successes. It is a remarkable tour-de-force that showcases not just one of the great talents of the musical stage, but also an artist of immense courage. A unique moment on the London stage that reveals a new side to Michael Ball.
"Michael Ball, the best musical theatre tenor of his generation, in a knockout programme, splendidly accompanied by Jason Carr on piano.” Daily Mail
“Ball constantly makes us re-think the songs we thought we knew.” Sheridan Morley, The Spectator
“As the performer tightens his grip over the intimate Donmar Warehouse, relying not on chit-chat or a hand-mike but on sheer empathy with his material, an audience can be forgiven for checking his programme. Can this really be Michael Ball?
The programme mixes Sondheim, Adam Guettel and Michael John LaChiusa with a version of John Lennon’s ‘Mother’ that is as heart-stopping as a subsequent ‘Happy Talk’ is glistening with delight. At the end of what must be an exhausting vocal marathon, ball delivers a cappella ‘After the Ball,’ his firm high baritone rather touchingly – by that point – straining after a final note. A defect? Not at all; more like a well-earned chink in the armour at which one realises, and not for the first time during a stirring evening, that Michael ball is human too.” Matt Wolf, Variety
|Format||DVD | Region 0 | PAL|
|Language & Duration||English | 95 Minutes|