Michael Ball Leaves London Chitty to Launch U.K. Tour

News   Michael Ball Leaves London Chitty to Launch U.K. Tour Michael Ball will leave the London cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang July 19 and will then record a new album prior to a U.K. tour.

Ball's official website says the actor will record his latest CD for the EMI label this summer; the recording is due in stores in the fall. At that time, the actor-singer will launch a U.K. tour, which begins Oct. 27 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The complete list of tour dates follows: October 28 at the Sheffield City Hall
October 30 at the Dublin Point
October 31 at the Belfast Odyssey
November 2 at the Newcastle Telewest Arena
November 3 at the Blackpool Opera House
November 5 at the York Barbican
November 6 at the York Barbican
November 8 at the Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
November 9 at the Edinburgh Playhouse
November 10 at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
November 13 at the Hammersmith Apollo
November 15 at the Birmingham NEC
November 17 at the Bristol Hippodrome
November 19 at the Plymouth Pavilions
November 20 at the Bournemouth BIC
November 22 at the Oxford Apollo
November 24 at the Manchester Apollo
November 26 at the Bradford St Georges Hall
November 28 at the Cardiff International Arena
November 29 at the Brighton Centre
November 30 at the Portsmouth Guildhall

Michael Ball made his Broadway debut as Alex in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love, a role he created on the London stage. His other London stage credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Passion and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ball's numerous, best-selling solo recordings include "Centre Stage," "Christmas," "Live at the Royal Albert Hall," "The Movies," "The Musicals," "First Love," "Always" and "Michael Ball."