A front row seat a the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool… What a view! The stage and the man himself, John Barrowman, were within touching distance. John requested cameras and phones be put away before the start of the show, so sadly there are no photos of the show with my review (there is, however, a special one at the end!), but it did mean that everyone could thoroughly enjoy the show without any distractions.
Before finding my seat, I headed to the merchandise stall – I always try to buy a programme and sometimes a t-shirt. I was somewhat surprised to be served by John’s husband, Scott! Anyone who follows John Barrowman on social media will recognise the love of his life. I wish I’d got a photo now!
John Barrowman always puts on a fantastic show. He’s so energetic, talented and so funny! He’s someone who can have you laughing so hard you can hardly breathe one minute and then holding back the tears the next. The show is full of stories, plenty of songs and always a lot of fun!
Claire Edwards, a friend of John’s, accompanied him on stage to do sign language for the whole show, which pretty much doubled the fun what with John finding every way possible to embarrass her. She took it all in her stride though!
The show is very much a family affair as his parents joined him on stage for a short while during the second half of the show. It soon became apparent where John gets his sense of humour from! His Dad is hilarious! Then there’s his Mum. I could have listened to her all night. In her mid-80s, she sat there and sang the most beautiful rendition of Ave Maria. Such an amazing voice. She was swiftly rewarded with a standing ovation from the entire audience. Yes, John Barrowman was upstaged by his Mum and Dad!
Scott, John’s husband, was also invited up on stage. I’m not sure what should have happened because the screen behind them should have been showing photos, but it wasn’t working. A somewhat reluctant Scott ended up singing and was clearly enjoying himself midway through the song. He even did a bit of a dance, which had John in fits of laughter (holding up the next song, more of a serious number, whilst John collected himself).
John also did a quick Q&A session with the audience about his time in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. I think I’ll be having nightmares after his description of eating a spider!
John sang a variety of songs. A favourite of everyone’s being The Doctor and I, a modified version of The Wizard and I from the Wicked musical.
I had such an amazing evening. It was brilliant to see John Barrowman on stage again. If you ever get the chance, I’d definitely recommend it.
Such a “Fabulous!” show.
That wasn’t the end of the evening though……. I got to meet John Barrowman afterwards! I’ve met him a couple of times before, but this was less rushed. He spent time chatting (including making a point to ask my name) and he took the selfies to make sure they looked good. He’s such a lovely person. The lad in front of me told John it was because of him that he felt able to come out to his family. John enquired as to how that went (it went well, by the way) and he was genuinely interested in what the lad was saying. He was like that with everyone. Of course, I said nothing of importance as my mind usually goes blank and I usually just babble or say very little and then think about something afterwards!