Michael Ball to host West End Heroes gala

Michael Ball hosts West End Heroes

Britain’s leading musical theatre star Michael Ball, is to host of the 2014 West End Heroes gala concert.

The event follows the phenomenal success of last year’s West End Heroes, which saw the casts of the biggest West End musicals unite with the finest UK military bands and musicians in a stunning charity performance.

The inaugural night raised over £88,000 for the Help For Heroes.

This year the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre is to once again host the concert on September 28 at 8pm.

Michael Ball, a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter, will oversee the proceedings and also perform in the concert.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to take part in West End Heroes and to show my respect, admiration and support for the amazing men and women who‘ve literally put their lives on the line for us all.

“It’ll be a joy and a challenge to host the entire evening (as well as hopefully performing a couple of songs) and I can promise it’s going to be a concert not to be missed.

“And, if all goes to plan there will be some wonderful surprises in store!”

Returning to form the centre-piece of the gala, and under the directorship of Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, will be The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, one of the top military bands in the UK and incorporates the celebrated RAF Squadronaires Big Band.

West End Heroes will once again be generously supported by many TV and theatre stars and will feature line-ups from current and past West End Shows.

This year’s event has set a target to raise more than £100,000.

David Pearson, general manager of the Dominion Theatre, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to once again host West End Heroes and we are delighted to announce Michael Ball as our MC.

“He is the biggest musical theatre star in the UK and we know he will do a magnificent job as well as delivering some stunning numbers himself.

“The Dominion is looking forward to welcoming the concert as one of the first major events following the extensive restoration and refurbishment programme, which will be completed over the summer.”

Michael Ball made his West End debut as Marius in the original London cast of Les Misérables.

He went on to star in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love in the West End and on Broadway, in the London production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion and as Caractacus Potts in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

In 2005 he returned to Broadway as Count Fosco in The Woman in White, which transferred from London’s West End and, in the same year, made his New York City Opera debut as Reginald Bunthorne in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.

In 2008 Michael made box office history at the Shaftesbury Theatre with his Olivier Award winning performance as Edna Turnblad in the smash hit musical Hairspray, which he then took on tour across the UK.

In 2013 Michael won Best Actor in a Musical from Whatsonstage.com and his second Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed lead role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Chichester and Adelphi/West End).

Help for Heroes is a charity that offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses while serving their country.

This is provided through grants to individuals, other Service charities, capital build projects and four Personnel Recovery Centres across the UK.

Tickets for West End Heroes are now on sale from
www.westendheroes.com

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