Torchwood star John Barrowman wows Villa

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.


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I went to the show and thought it was absolutely fantastic. I thought it was very cleverly put together and enjoyed every minute of it. I would definitely go again if he ever came over. It was just such a shame to see quite a few empty seats. I do feel that this is the fault of Tourism for this as I don't think it was advertised at all well, not like all the other headliners that have been to the island. There was nothing mentioned when the tickets originally went on sale, never heard 1 advert on the radio or on IOM online unlike Michael McIntire and Russell Watson. Half my friends didn't know it was on and would have gone if they had. I think he is a fantastic performer and such a showman, would recommend it to all ages. Please, please bring him back again next year.

CLARE, Onchan

I persuaded my husband to come to see John Barrowman with me He thoroughly enjoys Torchwood, but wasn't sure about sitting through an entire show of musical numbers. However, after a very entertaining couple of hours, he said he would definitely pay to see John Barrowman again. Very entertaining, great voice, and he had the audience in the palm of his hand all evening.


My sister and I went to the show and had a fantastic night. It was full of fun and energy and great to sing along too! We will definitely go back to see him so please bring him back next year. I agree with Clare that it was not advertised enough and it was sad that there were so many empty seats.

DEBS and GEMS, Onchan

Price of the seats might have been something to do with the empty spaces - I certainly couldn't afford 80 for a pair for myself and partner.


N, I know that some people would agree over the price but it's not that expensive compared to what you would pay across to see him. Russell Watson tickets were 50 each when he came over and he sold out so I do feel he was let down by the advertising side of it. It may have been too expensive for some people but I think a lot more tickets would have been sold had it been better promoted. He did say during the show that he would come back next year and I do hope if he does that they are able to promote it a bit better and maybe drop the price of the tickets so everyone can go and see this fantastic show.

CLARE, Onchan

What a show! Loved every minute of it and would go and see him again anytime. What a pity there were so many empty seats. We were told by box office that the show was a sellout and managed to buy two tickets from someone who was unable to go. Other friends would very much like to have gone but did not get the chance due to misinformation.


Hi, I managed to get 4 fantastic seats for this great show.. a thoroughly enjoyable night with great singing,music and dancing as well as some fantastic humour, we laughed so much during the Scottish theme section! Come back again please John and well done to the promoters, more acts of this quality please. In response to the tickets/sold out comments, when looking on the website I had very few options open to me and none in the middle section, it was only by phoning the Villa that we ended up with seats in the middle and 10 rows from the front!! maybe its the website that needs sorting?


It was an amazing show and I would definitely go see him again – the Scottish Musical numbers were hilarious Interesting that some people have told me that the box office could not find 4 seats together for them when there were 2 entire sections empty on the balcony? Another blunder with the booking system? as I can't understand why the entire sections would be empty for any other reason especially as they were not the sections nearest to the stage – so view was not as restricted as those. Let's see more variety of entertainment at the Villa – JB said he wanted to come back so come on DTL book him for next year.


I came over to the IOM especially to see John and to visit some friends .I have been to many JB concerts as I am a massive fan,a Johnette .The IOM concert was superb ,as all his concerts are ,lovely theatre too .Was sorry to see that it was not a full house .Most of Johns concerts in the UK have been sellouts,can only assume lack of advertising was to blame I know alot of fellow Johnettes travelled to the IOM to see him ,expense is no object where JB's concerned I so hope he does another concert in the island next year and now you all know how brilliant he is that he will have the full house he so deserves


The most entertaining, fun evening out I have had for a long, long time. John Barrowman gave a fantastic performance. Although it got a good review in the paper, it still doesn't do justice to the show and anyone who wasn't there just can't realise how much they lost out. However, the fact that the Villa was only half full was quite embarrassing. Yes, the tickets were reasonably pricy but only what I would expect to pay to see someone like John Barrowman somewhere in the UK. I mostly blame the almost complete lack of promotion of the show by the Tourism Department. If shows like this aren't properly promoted and supported in the Island word will spread among entertainers and they won't want to be booked to come here at all.


Yes, I agree with all your comments. I have seen John perform several times now and he always brings such energy to his performances. He really is a superb singer and entertainer and isn't bad to look at as well. I made a special trip from Morecambe to see the show, I have already seen him perform in concert on the mainland at Manchester and Blackburn. I am hoping to go and see him in La Cage Aux Folles in October. I have never seen John in a Musical and I am sure that he will put on his usual inimitable performance. More John Barrowman please.


What a fantastic show! JB is such an entertainer - something for everyone and a great laugh too. Our enjoyment was a bit spoilt by the empty seats. I booked online in early May and struggled to find two seats together. There certainly weren't entire sections free, as turned out to be the case on the night. What happened there? Come on DTL, please try to get it right. We really need people of John Barrowman's calibre to feel welcome.


Fantastic show by fantastic performer, what a shame half of the Island missed out because of awful advertising! Heres to hoping Mr Barrowman will be back soon.

However, I must comment on the writing of this article by Ms Maddrell which comes across very amateur, with very bad grammar! Do not understand why it was not edited properly?

Mr N Norris.

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