The John Barrowman Page

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John Barrowman's American television debut is on the new CBS program Central Park West. His numerous British stage credits include his recent portrayal of Joe Gillis in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" in London. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland. At the age of 8 John moved with his family to the States, where he grew up in Chicago. Later studied Musical Theatre at the United States International University in San Diego, California. He returned to the U.K., after graduating from the University, to star in the musical productions of "Beauty and the Beast," "Anything Goes," "Miss Saigon," "Matador," "Phantom of the Opera", "Rope" and "Hair" at London's West End. Theatre credits include the leading role opposite Elaine Page in Anything Goes at the Prince Edward Theatre, London; Chris in Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. The lead role opposite Stephanie Powers in Matador at the Queens Theatre, London; Raoul in The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, London; Brandon in Patrick Hamilton's Rope at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester and Claude in the revival of Hair at the Old Vic. He has also played Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Alephy Theatre - London).

More recently, he has played with Krysten Cummings and Kathryn Evans in a new musical, 'The Fix' at the Donmar in London. John Barrowman provided a buoyant performance as the charismatic Cal Chandler, who is groomed for top office by his manipulative mother and his crippled, spin-doctoring uncle. Elected first to the city council and then to the state governorship, Cal mouths the regulation platitudes about the economy, crime and taxes. was seen on Broadway in Putting It Together and Sunset Boulevard.
On June 11, 2002, while appearing in the Sondheim Celebration as Robert in Sondheim's 'Company', he appeared on The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage singing a collection of show tune favorites. You can watch this program online at the Archive or directly at this link.

Television credits include Live and Kicking for the BBC and The Movie Game also for the BBC as well as performing as a regular in Central Park West on CBS and Titans. John's recordings include the cast album of Hair (EMI); Godspell (TER Records); The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (TER Records); Matador (Sony); concept album for a new musical Red Red Rose, Phantom of the Opera (TER Records), Grease (TER Records). John is now preparing material for a solo album release.

Barrowman has homes in London and New York. His birth date is March 11, 1967.

John's TV Show

Central Park West

(clockwise, from top) Justin Lazard, Mariel Hemingway, John Barrowman, and Michael Michele. "One of the most horrific things that ever happened was when we were shooting the cast of Central Park West, and we had gone to New York. These boxes were, in fact, suspended off the cement floor. And Mariel Hemingway fell out of the box. By some miracle, she fell on a piece of foam core that happened to be slightly suspended off the ground. It broke her fall, and there was this moment of, you don't know if this woman's getting up or not. But she just bounced back up. We had mattresses there too. But they hadn't been put in place when she climbed up there for an early Polaroid, so that was pretty scary."

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Theatre/Recording Guide

Chesapeake's Commentary

Gag me with a SHOVEL!! Central Park West actor John Barrowman on his Scottish accent, as mentioned in April's US magazine "I only speak Scottish to turn women on. Or to pick them up. That's so cheap, but it does work." It sure would work on me...

Other Info

BirthdateMarch 11, 1967
BornJohn Barrowman
Originally From Glasgow, Scotland
CollegeUnited States International (San Diego)
Current ResidencesNew York and London
First BreakLondon Stage

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