Michael Ball performing his On With The Show Tour at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Friday 22nd March 2024.

Images and Review Kevin Cooper

Veteran performer Michael Ball returned to the Royal Concert Hall on Friday night to deliver a mind blowing show that left the sold out crowd absolutely thrilled.

He has two impressive weapons in his arsenal, the first being his magnificent and stunning vocal range, and secondly the man has bags and bags of twinkly charm and charisma that makes him adored by many.

On stage with an eight piece band and three backing singers, Ball, whose career has spanned decades appearing in musicals such as Les Misérables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Phantom Of The Opera, Hairspray and many more, delivered the likes of Coming Home To You from his number one album of the same name, You Just Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray, and newish song, the country and western inspired, Tennessee Dreams.

Having been supported by Amy Wadge, a songwriter who has worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran and who co-wrote UK’s 2022 Eurovision song Space Man, she was invited back on to the stage to join him for some numbers towards the end of the show which went down a treat, especially the lovely All I Ask Of You.

But it was the familiar standards that had the crowd cheering although they were silenced for the slow and very moving Empty Chairs At Empty Tables and the showstopper, Stars both from Les Misérables

With his powerful and sometimes electric vocals that can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, he brought his two hour show to a close with Love Changes Everything and his own Eurovision hit, One Step Out Of Time which were both massive highlights and which brought the crowd to their feet in rapturous applause.

And with that perennial twinkle in his eye, he reluctantly took his leave after showing just why he has become a bit of a national treasure.