What can I say about Michael Ball?
Well he brought the house down. He even started a minute early!
For running orders and all songs try the mbfc forum. http://www.mbfc.co.uk/discussion-board/index.php?showforum=53 I'm just going on memory.
Overture was music from Superman to Indiana Jones. Got the audience woke up.
First song I need a hero. Then we meandered through hits from Tom Jones, Barry Manalow and Neil Diamond.
Glee/Journey's Don't stop believing.
All with reasons and memories of why they were picked. Most of these singers were Heroes. Hence the name of the tour.
There was a New York section songs like new York(these streets are brand new) Broadway baby. On Broadway. Old blue eyes' New York. The Fame theme tune, which I sang at the top of my voice.
After that, there was a guy who was getting back to his seat (front row) and Michael started laughing and said you missed the best bit!
I know I'm missing bits (annoying myself) I'm sure its on the forum. Sorry.
Second half started with We Never said Goodbye from Sunset blvd. Lyrics had been changed slightly more references to theatre but still powerful. Then Sunset blvd itself! Goose bumps! Never heard it sang so emotional before. A voice so clear and commanding.
The band started up the next section Les Miz. Do you hear the people sing entwined with Red and Black. Its twenty six years old and we were told how the anniversary concert had felt when all of the original cast was brought back on stage. Even Nick Jonas got a mention. Which got a laugh.
Michael sang Empty Chairs at Empty Tables and I Dreamed a Dream. Got me, I welled up as that show holds a lot of memories.
Sweeney Todd was next with Pretty Ladies and Not While I'm Around. He's gonna be one scary Sweeney.
Then there was avenues and alleyways that led into 'Party time'
One Step out of time(Starts with a Gospel feel) Help yourself x2. Should say during Help yourself Michael bent down and hugged and kissed a little girl on the hand, it got a very big Aw (She was no more than seven).
Encore was Love Changes Everything and a slow one or two, but by then I was singing and swaying along, so I can't remember the last, last song or how the first half ended, again singing! But it gives you an idea of what went on.
Stage door a no show, but think that might have to do with the tour schedule. Will give benefit of the doubt lol! Tour bus was waiting to go to Scotland.