7067Variety is the spice of life for Barrowman
- Jun 2, 2010Variety is the spice of life for Barrowman
* John Barrowman will be hosting another season
of Tonight's The Night in Glasgow, as well as
being the star in panto Aladdin, which he launched recently
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21 May 2010
John Barrowman is stroking my leg.
But that is nothing, I mean, he has already shown
me his pants (white boxers from US store Banana
Republic) even though we met only 10 minutes ago.
It is fair to say the Glasgow-born singer, actor
and presenter is living up to his cheeky reputation.
The examination of my shins came when I asked him
what it was like playing a woman in his last
theatre role, camp musical La Cage Aux Folles in London last year.
"It was liberating. But I hated shaving my legs," he confessed.
"Do you shave your legs? Let me feel!" he says, rolling up my leggings.
Fun-loving Barrowman was born in Mount Vernon,
but moved with his family to America when he was nine.
Now 43, he has forged a career that started on
the stages of London and Broadway and later took
him to the Dr Who Tardis as the doctor's pal
Captain Jack, who became so popular he got his own spin-off show, Torchwood.
He has also just filmed a guest spot as murderer
Patrick Logan in American TV network show
Desperate Housewives, which will soon be shown on Channel 4.
But now he is ready to spend much of the rest of this year back in Glasgow.
In the summer he will film a second series of his
Saturday night hit show, Tonight's The Night, at
the BBC studios at Pacific Quay.
And then there's panto
He is lined up for the starring role in what is
claimed to be the UK's biggest festive pantomime,
Aladdin, at the Clyde Auditorium this Christmas.
It will offer a special twist on the usual "It's
behind you" gags of panto with 3D sections.
Producers also promise Barrowman will fly without wires.
He might have built a career out of being rather
loud and brash, but Barrowman also has a caring side.
When he was a child at Mount Vernon Primary he
used to organise Opportunity Knocks contests in
the playground. When he returned there for a
visit recently he took the time to track down a
pupil he had teased on an earlier trip to make sure the child was not offended.
He also asked the teacher to send him a list of
all the children's names so could send them all a
signed picture (whether they want one or not, it seems).
John's already had talks about a part in
all-singing, all-dancing smash hit TV show Glee.
He is also reported to be working on a show with
his parents. They have been married 56 years and
Barrowman says they are the people he most looks up to in his life.
But what about Doctor Who?
Will Captain Jack meet the new Doctor, Matt Smith?
"Haven't been asked," he says, "but if I am I'll go at the drop of a hat."
But it really does not matter to him what he does
just as long as he is in it.
"People say, 'Do you watch yourself on
television?' Yes. I love it because it is
something I have dreamed of doing from when I was a little boy.
"Scott (Gill, his partner) says, 'What are we
watching? and I reply: 'We're watching Desperate
Housewives because I'm on it'. He says, 'Do we have to?'"
One show Barrowman did not do this year was
Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest talent search Over
The Rainbow because the BBC asked him "too late".
But would he have auditioned as a kid? He shrieks
excitedly: "Who wouldn't want to be Dorothy! I
could have been Nancy! As long as eeeeeeee
neeeeeds meeeeee!" he warbles, before crashing back on the sofa in hysterics.
"No. I would have put myself up for those roles.
The boys' roles " he says breaking into a wicked giggle.
Of course John. And with his manager hovering it is time to finish our chat.
Now, in case you have not guessed I am a bit of a
fan a 'Johnette' as we're known.
And I have one question on my list I have not
asked. But he has grabbed my crumpled piece of
paper. He reads: "What is it like being chased by
women when we sadly have no chance?"
He squeals. Wrestles me on to the sofa. And makes
kissing noises from behind a cushion.
One thing is for sure, with Barrowman back in the
city, Glasgow is in for a treat.
* Aladdin is on at the Clyde Auditorium from
December 11. For tickets call 0844 395 4000 or
see the website: www.ticketsoup.com
* Video is at www.eveningtimes.co.uk click on video and audio.
Precious and rare all Love is, gender matters not.
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