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There's one thing Michael Ball fans can't stop raving about: his voice. And after some questionable song selections on previous albums that didn't do "the voice" justice, Musicals covers the classics — tunes from Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and Cats all make an appearance. As if to further highlight his vocal talents, Ball tackles some songs normally sung by female characters, such as "I Dreamed a Dream" and "With One Look." Purists may object, but Ball's smooth and subtle vocals work just as well here. The mellow "Losing My Mind" is one of the better songs, while the cheesy sax in "Last Night of the World" makes it only tolerable. However, songs such as "Anthem" and "You Will Never Walk Alone" ably highlight Ball's strength: his soaring, mellifluous vocals. Some of the arrangements are questionable and over-orchestrated, but as fans of Michael Ball will tell you, that's not the point. This is one for fans of musicals (funnily enough) who enjoy one man's vocal chords and their odyssey.


Born: July 27, 1962 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Engla

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A regular face on British stage and television, performer Michael Ball was born in 1962 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, U.K. Moving to South West England when he was three years old, Ball grew up learning to sing along to records by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, and after an unhappy stint at boarding school in his teens -- and discovering a love of Shakespeare during school holidays -- Ball went on to study at the Guilford School of Acting. Graduating in 1984, his first role was in the Aberystwyth...
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