John has played the lead role of Cal Chandler in a new musical The Fix, written by John Dempsey and Donna P. Rowe, directed by Sam Mendes and co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh, at the Donmar Warehouse. The cast album has been recorded and will be released shortly.
He currently presents 5’s Company, the daily afternoon magazine programme on Channel 5. Born in Glasgow, where he spent his early childhood, at the age of 8 John moved with his family to the United States and later studied Musical Theatre at the United States International University in San Diego, California. On returning to the UK John immediately landed the starring role opposite Elaine Paige in Anything Goes at the Prince Edward Theatre. He then played Chris in Miss Saigon followed by the title role in the musical Matador opposite Stephanie Powers at the Queen’s Theatre, then Raoul in Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
He starred as Claude in the 25th anniversary London revival of Hair at the Old Vic Theatre before resuming the role of Chris in Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. John starred as Joe Gillis in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi Theatre, London. He also made his Broadway debut as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard opposite Betty Buckley, his co-star from the London production.
John played the leading role of Peter Fairchild in the CBS Network TV series Central Park West for writer/producer Darren Starr. He previously played Brandon in the Patrick Hamilton suspense play Rope at the Minerva Theatre at the Chichester Festival. Recordings include the cast album of Hair for EMI, all star cast albums of Godspell and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber for TER Records, selections from Matador for Sony, a concept album for a new musical Red Red Rose, the Danny Zuko role on a new album of Grease for TER and John Barrowman: Aspects of Lloyd Webber, a special 6-track CD on the jay label.
As well as giving regular live concert performances, John has broadcast in concert for the BBC in The Magic Of Musicals from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (with Claire Moore), for National Music Day (with Betty Buckley) and a concert version of Call Me Madam (with Tyne Daly). He performed the lead role in Red Red Rose at The International Musical of the Year in Denmark, also released on CD and video.
John was a regular presenter of Live and Kicking (BBC TV) on which he presented his Electric Circus. John hosted two series and two Christmas Specials of The Movie Game, also for BBC Television.
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