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Showtune Sunday: All about handsome birthday boy John Barrowman who turns 51 today!

Where were you the first time you saw John Barrowman? I was in my old apartment in Long Beach, it was the mid-90s, and John appeared onscreen in the delicious but sadly short-lived CBS prime-time sudser Central Park West.  He played a John F. Kennedy Jr. like character (until he killed his crazy tabloid reporter wife!) and I knew I had to see more of that man.

About five years later, I even sat through every dreadful episode of NBC’s short-lived Titans just to see John who played a miserable drunk heterosexual character. Around this time, I was at a Cher concert and ran into someone who worked at the PR company repping John. I had consumed a few beers by then and was feeling even more bold than usual and I blurted out: “Is John Barrowman gay?”

The guy would not answer which was all I needed to know. I filed that away and continued to enjoy John wherever I could see him including a wonderful musical number with Kevin Kline in De-Lovely.  Then came John in the role of Capt. Jack Harkness first on the BBC’s Dr. Who then as the lead in its spinoff, Torchwood.

John, who is also a huge musical stage star on London’s West End, then followed that with a five year run as Malcolm Merlyn / Dark Archer on The CW’s Arrow.

In honor of John’s 51st birthday today, here are some musical numbers he’s performed in recent years at various ComicCon and other Con events where he is a huge draw and always tons of fun.

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  1. March 11th, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    “Is John Barrowman gay?” I love it, Greg. Not only is he gay, but he’s hugely talented and a lot of fun to see. I enjoy watching videos of him at the various ComicCons. And the people love him! I do to! The Copacabana number he did at the San Diego ComicCon is one of my favorites.


    Thanks for the videos, Greg. And thanks for featuring awesome openly gay men and other LGBT people on your blog.

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