Michael Ball

Opened 27 September 2004, Closed 9 October 2004 at the Haymarket Theatre in London

Singular Sensations: Michael Ball in London for two weeks only.

No stranger to the stage, film and television is Britain's leading musical star, Michael Ball. With eleven solo albums under his belt and a decade on stage in the West End and on Broadway, Michael Ball will perform his sensational show Alone Together which he premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 2001. This remarkable evening of theatre is a tour-de-force that showcases one of the great talents of the musical stage. Devised and directed by Jonathan Butterell with Jason Carr on the piano.

Presented as part of the Singular Sensations Season at the Haymarket Theatre which also includes concerts by Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein and Joshua Rifkin and Ida Falella.

"It is an astute idea by Ball and deviser/director Jonathan Butterell: a sung-through concert show. Apart from the spoken verses to Leiber & Stoller's 'Is That All There Is?' and an explanatory intro, the songs do the talking, about life, love, ageing and disillusionment. Most of the material is arranged in segues, some bizarre... but the sequences do work. Through them, we hear narrative, emotional progression, wry comment in the manner of the post-Sondheim American musical. And though Ball's facial and gestural ranges are not the widest, he puts thought into, and conveys, more than the exigencies of the particular moment in the individual song." The Financial Times

"Given that he could easily continue to milk the Phantom market for the rest of his days, Michael Ball deserves credit for rising to the challenge of a programme - devised and directed by Jonathan Butterell - that makes serious demands on its audience... and if the most memorable numbers belong to the past - Ball manages to eclipse Edith Piaf on the insistent, foot-stamping refrain of Padam and turns There's No Business like Show Business into something approaching a reverie - Ball has the courage to add more contemporary numbers to the mix. David Bowie's Life on Mars is one bold choice among many." The Times

Michael Ball in London at the Haymarket Theatre opened on 27 September 2004 and closed on 9 October 2004.