Michael Ball and Alfie Boe review – dulcet bromance hits the high notes

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Classic FM’s answer to Ant and Dec take their grandiose revue on a tour of the UK’s arenas, belting out broadway showstoppers and stirring pop ballads

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s business is booming. The stage veterans know a thing or two about projecting a stirring melody so it rattles the back row, thanks to Ball’s storied career in West End musicals and Boe’s in opera and pop-classical. But at a time when the ubiquity of streaming has kneecapped album sales, the duo – who first met in 2007 during an unloved ENO production of Kismet – have managed to buck a spiralling trend.

Their first collaborative album of show tunes and standards, Together, cornered the 2016 Christmas market and became the biggest-selling album released that year. Their dulcet bromance has since become a cottage industry, with stocking-ready CDs released almost every fourth quarter, celebratory ITV specials, and large-scale arena shows. This latest live tour, in support of their recent third album Back Together, will culminate at the O2 in London next month.

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