Michael and Alfie find their Voice
THEY’RE two of the biggest names to ever hit the West End, but Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have brought a truly Australian flavour to their national tour which lands in Adelaide next week.
Among songs from blockbuster musicals like The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, the duo have taken on one of Australia’s biggest anthems – John Farnham’s You’re The Voice.
“I have always loved that song and we decided to record it for our new album,” says Michael.
“We performed it for the first time in Brisbane the other night and I really couldn’t believe how well it went down. The audience went wild for it.”
Michael and Alfie first met 10 years ago while performing together in Kismet at the London Coliseum. That same year, Michael made history as the first musical theatre star to be given a solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall’s BBC Proms, and asked Alfie to join him to perform at the classical music festival.
The two have been friends ever since and are now releasing their second album together.
As well as his musical theatre work, Michael famously represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in the early 1990s, but even he’s still confused as to how Australia ended up there.
“I really want someone to explain it to me – but that’s not to say I don’t think Australia are welcome,” he says. “There’s room for everyone at Eurovision. I really love it and I still watch it every year.”
ANTHEMS: West End stars Michael Ball and Alfie Boe on stage in Brisbane.