Torchwood star John Barrowman wows Villa
- Torchwood star John Barrowman wows Villa
star John Barrowman wows Villa
An Evening With John Barrowman at the Villa Marina
ALL-ROUND ENTERTAINER: John Barrowman
Published Date: 03 August 2009
By JADE MADDRELL
IF you're one for a night of razzle dazzle, fun
and hilarity, then this was the show for you.John
Barrowman, he is the epitome of the perfect
showman who can let his hair down, have fun, get
the audience involved and still perform a world class show.
Performing songs from show, covers of old
classics and giving the audience a taste of
material from his latest album Music Music Music.
The star from the West End delighted the audience
by running on to the stage at the beginning the
show and singing Queen's Don't Stop Me Now, his
spectacular seven-piece band adding to the feel
of extravagance that you knew the show would turn out to be.
Also, four backing dancers adding to the flurry of the songs being performed.
Right from the start, John got the entire
audience involved with the festivities of the
show. He accomplished what many would think was
the impossible, blending his Scottish heritage
he was born and raised in Glasgow with his love of musical theatre.
Extremely entertaining and very cleverly done. He
managed to 'Scottify' songs from musicals such as
Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Joseph and his Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat.
He proved his diverse musical range by singing
his latest song (currently number five in the
charts) I Made It Through The Rain and another
song from his latest album called What About Us?
This was swiftly followed by a cover of Ronan
Keating's Life is A Roller Coaster, many audience members singing along.
John defiantly intended the show to be a very fun, feel-good but fantastic.
Opening the second half with a disco compilation
including I'm So Excited and Boogie Wonderland,
the audience knew that we were in for another
fantastic part of the show. As he wanted to make
it a very personal show too, doing the thing that
he loves entertaining there were a few tear
jerkers in there such as Bryan Adams' Heaven (yes
I did shed a tear or two, much to the embarrassment of my younger brother).
He made it more personal and interactive, with
the help of his dancers, by getting audience
members up and dancing in the aisles, which I
believe, there was a group of women who carried
on with this. They must have definitely been enjoying the show!
The finale, was the most amazing and diverse finale I have seen.
Beginning with a cover of Can't Take My Eyes Off
You, Barrowman continued to wow when he sang
Livin La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin (very
surprising to see how many people actually know
the words to this song!), followed swiftly by
Cliff Richard's From a Distance and finishing
with I Am What I Am (also the name of Barrowman's
upcoming book released in October) from the
Musical La Cage aux Folles which he is due to star in, in the West End.
The enthralled and ecstatic audience granted him
a well deserved standing ovation.
And for all you Torchwood fans (yes, he said it
would be mentioned in the papers and hey presto!
I had to oblige of course) Barrowman said he felt
it would be 'very silly if they didn't agree to
do a fourth series' so better watch this space and keep your fingers crossed!
All round this was a fantastic show, suitable for everyone.
If he ever returned to the Island I would
recommend to anyone who wanted a fun, musical
theatre orientated night to go and watch his show.
Precious and rare all Love is, gender matters not.
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