Sometimes in life you do something and it just works and that’s exactly what happened when MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE got together for their debut album (as a duo) in 2016. Together was an instant hit, giving Michael his first number one album in 24 years. In fact, it went on to become the best selling album of that year. And so BALL & BOE were born.
Well, that was then and this is now. They’re back! The world’s ultimate musical duo, MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE are bring the ‘Together At Christmas’ tour which brings them to Cardiff – at Christmas unsurprisingly (Tuesday 21st December).
We couldn’t be more thrilled to be telling you about this as we only saw the pair performing in a staged version of Les Misérables in London’s West End pre-lockdown and it was breathtaking. So seeing them both on stage, doing their own thing will be equally exciting.
With Michael & Alfie it’s not only about the music, the chemistry between them is electric, and a little unpredictable too. You never quite know which one of them is going to be the ‘naughty little schoolboy’ and try to distract the other. We love them for that though and it’s what will make the Christmas show so much fun.
The ‘Back Together At Christmas’ UK tour announcement follows the phenomenal success of the duo’s previous two duet albums; ‘Together’ their debut, and the follow-up ‘Together Again’ which brought the pair yet another No.1 album in 2017. Here’s a few highlights from that album.
After meeting in a production of Kismet at the London Coliseum over 10 years ago, their instant camaraderie and professional mutual admiration proved to be the start of something very special indeed, and together they are unstoppable
With decorated careers in theatre and opera, Ball & Boe were suddenly chart superstars. As a duo, they have now sold over 1 million albums in the UK, received two Classic Brit Awards, sold out two headline arena tours and presented two ITV Specials.
As the Independent said…….
“Their double act has enraptured crowds with warm, low-key charisma and deft stagecraft”
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have both received countless prestigious awards, record breaking sales, and chart successes. Over his extraordinary 30-year career, Michael’s outstanding performances have made smash-hit box office history. He is a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist, top selling live concert performer and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter.
And Michael, if you don’t mind us saying – you look mighty fine in a dress……
We mention that because Michael is back in Hairspray right now at the London Colesium. He’s reprising his award winning role as Edna Turnblad, but for a limited run.
SOUTH WALES LIFE saw Hairspray only last weekend and can tell you it is something very special. Michael is terrific, as is the rest of the cast.
MARISHA WALLACE got a standing ovation for her solo performance, and rightly so. She’s heading our way soon on her solo tour.
The highlight for us however, was the duet between Michael and Les Dennis, I’m not exaggerating when I say we almost peed ourselves with laughter. Old-school it was, genius it most certainly is.
If you get a chance to see the show, do so, it is brilliant.
Take a look at the audience reaction at the end of the performance below……
Alfie Boe’s exceptional voice has made him Britain’s most popular and biggest-selling tenor. The Tony Award winner has conquered the world’s greatest opera stages and arenas, led the cast of Les Misérables, stole the show at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, and performed at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.
We did look for a picture of Alfie in a dress too – sadly, none available.
Having said that, who knows what will happen on the tour. One thing’s for certain, we’ll be able to hear tracks from their album ‘Back Together’, which is out now, along with many more favourites.
Just one thing to mention. If you get chance to hear the performance on the Ken Bruce Show (above) it was magical.
MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE: TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS get to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Tuesday 21st December, and it’s sure to be an instant sell out. Tickets are on sale soon. To get yours, go here. BALL&BOE