Michael and Al­fie find their Voice

Sunday Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

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.

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