I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about this. I received the press release on the 7th February and set my alarm straight away to buy my tickets on the 9th. Thankfully, I was due to be at the airport back from America at 5am and therefore was up and ready to book them the second they became available.
Now, as a 31-year-old woman, perhaps I do not fit the standard demographic of those who wanted to go to watch John Barrowman sing. The press release claims that John Barrowman is best known generally for his role of Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) in the hit TV series Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comic books, and in the UK as Captain Jack Harkness, in Dr Who and Torchwood. As much as I love these programmes, they are not, however, the reason I have a mild JB crush. I am going because he is the first Chris in Miss Saigon (my all time favourite musical) that I saw.
So, let’s do the maths there. John Barrowman was in Miss Saigon in ’93/’94. I am 31. Therefore I was 7 or 8 when I first went. Looking back, my dad realises that I was perhaps a bit young to be at such a show, but I had grown up loving the music and was desperate to go. I may have thrown a tantrum or 6, what choice did he have? Perhaps the great Jason Donovan debacle of 1991 was what swung it for me (my biggest theatrical disappointment when I didn’t see Jason Donovan in Joseph, despite the promises https://playhousepickings1.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/rhiannon-reflects-on/ ).
Anyway, now I am getting to go to one of just 3 intimate shows where John Barrowman and the incredibly talented and funny, Seth Rudetsky perform at Leicester Square Theatre.
Broadway @Leicester Sqaure began in 2013 with Patti LuPone and returned with Audra McDonald last year. What differentiates this concert series from any other perhaps, is the seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway’s biggest stars – prompted by Rudetsky’s probing, funny, revealing questions – and their stellar singing of the musical theatre repertoire. This is a spontaneous evening of hilarity and show-stopping songs that is not to be missed.
I for one, cannot wait.
Now all that’s left to complete my perfect musical year (Paloma Faith, John Barrowman, Taylor Swift and Michael Buble) would be to snag tickets for Jason Donovan’s tour too. Fingers crossed there are some left.
Mark Cortale presents
Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre
JOHN BARROWMAN with SETH RUDETSKY as pianist & host
Box office: 9020 7734 2222
Friday at 7.00pm, Saturday at 3.00pm & 7.00pm
£25 – £65 & £100 (Including
meet & greet)