HAR­MONY OF OPPOSITES

Melville Times - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

UK per­form­ers Michael Ball and Al­fie Boe are proof that opposites at­tract, even in the mu­sic the­atre world.

“I’ve never had a singing les­son, which is the ab­so­lute re­verse of Al­fie, who is a trained opera singer; I’m mak­ing it up as I go along,” Ball said.

“As peo­ple, we are com­plete opposites and that’s fun when you meet some­one who is to­tally dif­fer­ent but we both share a love of mu­sic.

“We first met do­ing a re­ally bad mu­si­cal that English Na­tional Opera put on called Kis­met. It was bloody aw­ful, re­ally bad and we be­came mates be­cause we were thrown into this ter­ri­ble thing.”

Sub­se­quently, Ball asked Boe to sing with him when he was hon­oured with his own BBC Proms show at Royal Al­bert Hall in London.

“I thought I bet­ter posh it up a bit and who did I know who does clas­si­cal mu­sic?” Ball said.

“We kept in touch and then there was the 25th an­niver­sary of Les Mis­er­ables, which was his big break (as Jean Val­jean) and I was in the orig­i­nal cast (as Mar­ius) so we all saw each other through that.”

The idea to con­tinue Ball and Boe’s work­ing re­la­tion­ship oc­curred last year, with show To­gether fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of the duo’s favourite songs from film, the­atre, the Great Amer­i­can Song­book, pop and beloved mu­sic the­atre num­bers from The Phan­tom of the Opera and Les Mis­er­ables.

“I don’t think ei­ther of us an­tic­i­pated quite the suc­cess we’ve had in the UK, which has been phe­nom­e­nal,” Ball said.

“So we thought we’d try it out down here in Aus­tralia.”

To­gether will be at Crown The­atre Perth on Oc­to­ber 16, the fi­nal stop of a five-date Aus­tralian tour.

Michael Ball and Al­fie Boe met dur­ing a “re­ally bad” mu­si­cal.

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