Michael Ball on playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray
Nicola Heywood Thomas
Michael's a singer with a massive fan base, platinum and gold albums and a string of musical theatre successes to his name.
He told me he'd loved Hairspray so much when he saw it on Broadway and was so keen to get the part of Edna when the show first opened in London that he went along with every other hopeful to audition for the part.
Now, fair play, many other performers with over 20 years' experience might have thought themselves too grand to do that!
You can hear the complete interview with Michael on the Radio Wales Arts Show on Thursday 25 March.