Olivier Award-winning British leading man Michael Ball celebrates his birthday June 27. Playbill.com takes a look at his stage career spanning nearly 30 years.
PHOTO ARCHIVE: "Love Changes Everything!" Celebrating Olivier Award Winner Michael Ball
Ball previously appeared in the West End premiere of Sondheim's Passion, and was also seen on the London stage as the Olivier Award-winning star of Hairspray. He also originated leading roles in the West End in Les Misérables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Aspects of Love (subsequently on Broadway) and took over roles in The Woman in White and The Phantom of the Opera. He made his English National Opera debut as Hajj/Poet in Kismet, and in 2005 he made his debut with the New York City Opera as Reginald Bunthrone in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience. He co-produced Chichester Festival 2010's West End transfer of Love Story.