Sunday, March 17

Michael Ball Back in the West End This year?

Michael Ball is hosting the  Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years TV Special which is being recorded this weekend to be shown on Easter Sunday.

His new album Both Sides Now has also just been released to coincide with an extensive UK tour of the same name which starts next month.

He has been interviewed on various TV and radio shows and is  dropping strong hints about a return to the West End at the end of this year.  He was in New York earlier this month meeting with Jerry Herman with the rumour being he was talking about a revival of Mack and Mabel.

The musical has a book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman revolving around the fiery romance between Hollywood director Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand who became one of his biggest stars. With the use of flashbacks Sennett relates the glory days of Keystone Studios  when he discovered Normand and cast her in dozens of his early films.  It includes the classic numbers Movies Were Movies, I Won't Send Roses, Tap Your Troubles Away and Wherever He Ain't with some big dance numbers.

Latest news is that he'll know within the next couple of weeks if the show will go ahead, with a possible try out of town try out run in Manchester. Rehearsals could start as early as August for a West End opening in October

Other clues he has dropped is that it's an old show, with a big company and he will be dancing in it - all of which describes Mack and Mabel ... watch this space ....

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