Sunday, 16 September 2012

John Barrowman: new show, project updates, book review

  • Attack of the Show
G4TV have uploaded more videos from John Barrowman's hosting week:

John Barrowman on Japanese poop bikes and football
John Barrowman on HBO, the economy, and Stripper Laws  
John Barrowman kicks off football season!

  • Arrow
The Examiner has 'Arrow' cast photos and spoilers: more on John Barrowman's role
Read more here

Also reported, with a video preview, by Digital Spy

  • Make My Musical  
Broadway World TV exclusive: John Barrowman announces MAKE MY MUSICAL reality show 
With the success of musical-themed shows like “Smash” and “Glee,” Broadway is truly taking TV by storm and VPE’s “Make My Musical” is poised to be the next big thing. 

VPE is looking for talented troupes (consisting of 8-12 members) of Broadway performers-- as well as a panel of experts to join Broadway veteran John Barrowman. In the video below, Barrowman introduces the new reality series! 

This series will ultimately follow ONE troupe as they prepare to mount a musical theater review in New York City Theatre. And luckily they've got an amazing team of award winning talent (some of Broadway and West End's most decorated talent, musical directors and choreographers) to help along the way.
For additional information, visit: 

Source (with video): Broadway World 

  • Torchwood: Exodus Code - review
Release Date: 13 September 2012
368 pages | £16.99 (hardback)/£16.00 (audiobook)
Authors: John Barrowman and Carole E Barrowman
Publisher: BBC Books 

John Barrowman’s ongoing quest to be a sort of Saturday night renaissance man continues. As well as his acting, presenting and singing careers, he can now add “novelist” to his CV. Exodus Code, co-written with sister Carole, is his second book this year (the first, Hollow Earth, being a standalone Young Adult novel).
It’s a Jack-centric tale, set in the aftermath of the Torchwood gang’s recent American adventure. While the rest of the world is recovering from Miracle Day, Gwen is down in the dumps. Confined to the house with baby Anwen, she flips out and attacks Rhys. She’s not the only one feeling a bit off; hundreds of women around the world are having violent breakdowns. The answer may lie in an event from Jack’s past… Yes, again.
This is clearly intended to be Torchwood‘s first “event” book, and it largely succeeds. With a globe-trotting storyline that encompasses all the surviving regulars, it’s easy to imagine this as the show’s fifth season. The writing is competent and crammed with references sure to please hardened ‘woodies.
It takes an age to get going, mind. The first part, where Jack crashes a biplane then lolls around tripping his tits off for 90 pages is a bit of a chore, and the whole book is in need of a good trim. It’s frequently daft and cheesy, and there are some inevitable Garth Marenghi-isms, with numerous characters gazing lustfully at Jack, but hey, that’s Torchwood.
Reviewer: Will Salmon
Source: SFX

John Barrowman, Scarlett Strallen, BBC Concert Orchestra
The singers and orchestra, with conductor Larry Blank, perform a tribute to the singer and dancer, Gene Kelly.
Where: Hackney Empire
When: Sep 19, 8pm
Genre: Gigs - rock
Cost: £20-£35
Source: View London

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