Musical theatre star Michael Ball and the nation's favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, are joining forces for the first time to record an album and take to the stage for a national tour, including a visit to Sheffield City Hall on Saturday December. 3
The album, Together, set to be released on October 21, will feature repertoire from the greatest Broadway shows as well as classic songs that both Alfie and Michael have always wanted to record. They will be performing songs from the album n stage in Sheffield.
Having first met ten years ago, performing together in Kismet at the London Coliseum, the stars became great friends. That same year, Michael Ball made history as the first musical theatre star to be given a solo concert at the BBC Proms, and asked Alfie Boe to join him on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The two critically-acclaimed artists have received a many prestigious awards, as well as achieving record-breaking sales and chart successes. Over his extraordinary 30-year career, Michael's outstanding performances have made 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.
Alfie's exceptional voice has made him Britain's most popular and biggest-selling tenor. He has conquered the world’s greatest opera stages and arenas, led the cast of Les Misérables, stolen the show at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace and just a few days ago performed at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle. He jhas achieved UK album sales of over a million and four top 10 albums.
Michael said: "It’s been my experience that there is only one thing I enjoy more than working with someone whose talent I admire and who constantly challenges themselves to try new things and keeps getting better, therefore making me work harder and try to be better, and that is to work with someone who makes me laugh, has my back and is a real friend.
"With Alfie I think I've hit the jackpot. This is going to be such a great experience for us and hopefully the audiences....bring it on!”
Alfie added: “My job provides me with great opportunities and none more so as this. The chance to perform with an artist, whose work and talent I've admired for years, is such a great honour for me.
"Michael has inspired so many singers, including myself, to push themselves further in the crossover field. My philosophy on crossover is more about crossing over the audience than the music, and Michael proved years ago that this was possible.
"His mainstream appeal in contemporary, musical theatre and classical is evident in his history. A great artist, a fabulous singer, and a wonderful friend. As Michael says, bring it on!”
Tickets are on sale now. Visit the venue, call 0114 278 9789 or go online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk