Ball Over Broadway

Michael Ball is back in New York for a series of in which he samples the latest musicals on the Great White Way, talking to those who create them, those who star in them and those who review them.

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0101The Producers20010817

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway, which have helped to revive a genre thought to be in terminal decline.

The first programme features `The Producers' - based on the Mel Brooks film satire about a musical that was so bad the public flocked to see it.

0101The Producers20010817

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway, which have helped to revive a genre thought to be in terminal decline.

The first programme features `The Producers' - based on the Mel Brooks film satire about a musical that was so bad the public flocked to see it.

0102The Full Monty20010824

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway that have helped to revive a genre thought to be in terminal decline.

The second programme features the remake as an all-American extravaganza of a very British film about SHEFFIELD steelworkers turned strippers, `The Full Monty'.

0102The Full Monty20010824

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway that have helped to revive a genre thought to be in terminal decline.

The second programme features the remake as an all-American extravaganza of a very British film about SHEFFIELD steelworkers turned strippers, `The Full Monty'.

0103Contact20010907

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway that have helped to revive a genre thought to be in terminal decline.

The third programme focuses on the Tony Award-winning `Contact', a show consisting of three stories about relationships set to a trio of exquisitely fashioned MGM-style production numbers.

0103Contact20010907

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway that have helped to revive a genre thought to be in terminal decline.

The third programme focuses on the Tony Award-winning `Contact', a show consisting of three stories about relationships set to a trio of exquisitely fashioned MGM-style production numbers.

0104Bat Boy20010914

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway that have helped to revive a genre thought to be in terminal decline.

The fourth programme focuses on the innovative and amusing morality tale `Bat Boy', a musical about a character who is half bat and half boy, which has built up something of a cult following in NEW YORK.

0104Bat Boy20010914

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway that have helped to revive a genre thought to be in terminal decline.

The fourth programme focuses on the innovative and amusing morality tale `Bat Boy', a musical about a character who is half bat and half boy, which has built up something of a cult following in NEW YORK.

0105Unbroadcast - Urinetown20010921

Michael Ball presents a six-part series looking at current Broadway musicals that have helped revive the genre.

This fifth programme focuses on the curious show `Urinetown'.

0105Unbroadcast - Urinetown20010921

Michael Ball presents a six-part series looking at current Broadway musicals that have helped revive the genre.

This fifth programme focuses on the curious show `Urinetown'.

0106 LASTUnbroadcast - Aida20010928

A six-part series looking at musicals now playing on Broadway that have helped revive the genre.

This final programme focuses on the award-winning Egyptian fantasy `Aida'.

0106 LASTUnbroadcast - Aida20010928

A six-part series looking at musicals now playing on Broadway that have helped revive the genre.

This final programme focuses on the award-winning Egyptian fantasy `Aida'.

0201Thoroughly Modern Millie20030516

Michael Ball presents a new series looking at the latest events in Broadway.

Tonight he profiles the stage adaptation of the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews.

0201Thoroughly Modern Millie20030516

Michael Ball presents a new series looking at the latest events in Broadway.

Tonight he profiles the stage adaptation of the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews.

0202Hairspray20030523

Michael Ball catches up with the latest events on Broadway.

This week he samples the garishly colourful world of Hairspray, the highly successful adaptation of the cult film by John Waters

0202Hairspray20030523

Michael Ball catches up with the latest events on Broadway.

This week he samples the garishly colourful world of Hairspray, the highly successful adaptation of the cult film by John Waters

0203Man Of La Mancha20030530

Michael Ball catches up with the acclaimed Broadway revival of Man Of La Mancha, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, and asks how well this musical adaptation of Don Quixote has lasted.

0203Man Of La Mancha20030530

Michael Ball catches up with the acclaimed Broadway revival of Man Of La Mancha, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, and asks how well this musical adaptation of Don Quixote has lasted.

0204Movin' Out20030606

brings together Billy Joel's music with the choreography of the internationally renowned Twyla Tharp.

Michael Ball looks at this ambitious attempt to tell the story of modern America.

0204Movin' Out20030606

brings together Billy Joel's music with the choreography of the internationally renowned Twyla Tharp.

Michael Ball looks at this ambitious attempt to tell the story of modern America.

0205Nine20030613

This week Michael catches up with Nine, the musical adaptation of Fellini's film, 8½.

The stage show stars Spanish heart-throb, Antonio Banderas as the womanising film director.

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0205Nine20030613

This week Michael catches up with Nine, the musical adaptation of Fellini's film, 8½.

The stage show stars Spanish heart-throb, Antonio Banderas as the womanising film director.

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0206 LASTGypsy20030620

Michael ends his tour of Broadway with a visit to Gypsy, starring the legendary Bernadette Peters, and discovers if everything has come up roses for the show's Oscar winning director, Sam Mendes.

0206 LASTGypsy20030620

Michael ends his tour of Broadway with a visit to Gypsy, starring the legendary Bernadette Peters, and discovers if everything has come up roses for the show's Oscar winning director, Sam Mendes.

0301Wicked20040521

This programme looks at Wicked, an unusual take on the The Wizard of Oz.

0301Wicked20040521

This programme looks at Wicked, an unusual take on the The Wizard of Oz.

0302Wonderful Town20040528

Michael Ball is back in NEW YORK, sampling the latest shows on the Great White Way, talking to those who create them, those who star in them and those who review them.

0302Wonderful Town20040528

Michael Ball is back in NEW YORK, sampling the latest shows on the Great White Way, talking to those who create them, those who star in them and those who review them.

0303The Boy From Oz20040604

Michael Ball is back in NEW YORK to sample the latest shows on the Great White Way, talking to those who create them, those who star in them and those who review them.

0303The Boy From Oz20040604

Michael Ball is back in NEW YORK to sample the latest shows on the Great White Way, talking to those who create them, those who star in them and those who review them.

0304Fiddler On The Roof20040611

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway, talking to those who create them, star in them and review them.

This episode celebrates the 40th birthday of Fiddler on the Roof.

0304Fiddler On The Roof20040611

Michael Ball looks at six musicals now playing on Broadway, talking to those who create them, star in them and review them.

This episode celebrates the 40th birthday of Fiddler on the Roof.

0305Avenue Q20040618

Tonight he focuses on Avenue Q with its bizarre cast of characters.

0305Avenue Q20040618

Tonight he focuses on Avenue Q with its bizarre cast of characters.

0306 LASTMenopause, The Musical20040625
0306 LASTMenopause, The Musical20040625
0401Spamalot20050603
0401Spamalot20050603
0402The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee20050610
0402The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee20050610
0403Dirty Rotten Scoundrels20050617
0403Dirty Rotten Scoundrels20050617
0404Brooklyn20050624

He investigates Brooklyn and discovers a musical that pays tribute to one of NEW YORK's most famous boroughs.

0404Brooklyn20050624

He investigates Brooklyn and discovers a musical that pays tribute to one of NEW YORK's most famous boroughs.

0405La Cage Aux Folles20050701

He investigates the revival of Jerry Herman's 1980s classic La Cage aux Folles.

0405La Cage Aux Folles20050701

He investigates the revival of Jerry Herman's 1980s classic La Cage aux Folles.

0406 LASTAll Shook Up20050708
0406 LASTAll Shook Up20050708
04SPECIALThe Country Music Association Awards20051111
04SPECIALThe Country Music Association Awards20051111
0501The Drowsy Chaperone20070403

Michael begins the series with a visit to The Drowsy Chaperone.

0501The Drowsy Chaperone20070403

Michael begins the series with a visit to The Drowsy Chaperone.

0502Tarzan20070410

Michael hails a passing vine and swings his way into Tarzan, the latest Disney animated feature to be turned into a stage musical in the tradition of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

0502Tarzan20070410

Michael hails a passing vine and swings his way into Tarzan, the latest Disney animated feature to be turned into a stage musical in the tradition of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

0503Jersey Boys20070419

Michael celebrates the life and work of The Four Seasons in Jersey Boys, one of the best of the so-called 'jukebox musicals', starring John Lloyd Young as lead singer Frankie Valli.

0503Jersey Boys20070419

Michael celebrates the life and work of The Four Seasons in Jersey Boys, one of the best of the so-called 'jukebox musicals', starring John Lloyd Young as lead singer Frankie Valli.

0504Grey Gardens20070426

Michael explores the strange world of former New York socialites, Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, who were discovered in the 1970s to be living in squalor and poverty, despite being related to Jackie Onassis.

Grey Gardens charts their moving decline from the well-heeled 1940s to a lonely decaying existence.

0504Grey Gardens20070426

Michael explores the strange world of former New York socialites, Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, who were discovered in the 1970s to be living in squalor and poverty, despite being related to Jackie Onassis.

Grey Gardens charts their moving decline from the well-heeled 1940s to a lonely decaying existence.

0505The Color Purple20070503

Michael takes in The Color Purple, an ambitious attempt to turn Alice Walker's influential novel into a Broadway musical, via the 1985 Steven Spielberg film.

Does it succeed?

0505The Color Purple20070503

Michael takes in The Color Purple, an ambitious attempt to turn Alice Walker's influential novel into a Broadway musical, via the 1985 Steven Spielberg film.

Does it succeed?

0506 LASTSpring Awakening20070510

Michael rounds off the series with a visit to Spring Awakening, a bold attempt to take a still controversial German play of the 1890s and turn it into a musical that will speak to today's generation of disaffected and angst-ridden adolescents.

0506 LASTSpring Awakening20070510

Michael rounds off the series with a visit to Spring Awakening, a bold attempt to take a still controversial German play of the 1890s and turn it into a musical that will speak to today's generation of disaffected and angst-ridden adolescents.