Showtune Sunday: All About John Barrowman!
How wonderful for John Barrowman that he has at long last reached the level of superstardom that he so deserves.
It took the role of Capt. Jack Harkness on the BBC science fiction series Dr. Who and Torchwood to bring John high-profile opportunities like his stint on Desperate Housewives last season but he has been firmly on my radar since the 1995 prime-time soap Central Park West which was delicious but sadly short-lived.
The openly gay John was considered for the gay role of Will Truman on Will & Grace that went to straight actor Eric McCormack. Producers told John he seemed too straight for the role!
But the truth is, John Barrowman is simply too talented as an actor and a singer to have to solely depend on television for work. He has recorded many albums including this year’s self-titled effort.
He made his debut on London’s West End in 1989 in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and began a stretch on the London stage that included triumphant runs in Hair, Matador, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his role in the original production of The Fix.
John also starred opposite Rob Lowe in the West End production of A Few Good Men and most recently starred in the West end revival of La Cage aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre.
Here are some examples of John belting out a number. Enjoy!