John arrowing in on resort ‘homecoming’

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Home these days may well be Palm Springs, but as a proud Scotsman, John Barrowman will be feeling pretty relaxed when he comes to Blackpool next month.

And with a ‘commute’ between Palm Springs and Vancouver to the set of TV series Arrow, he’ll be pretty at home with the travelling schedule involved with a tour.

“Blackpool is the traditional entertainment capital of the UK,” John said, speaking from his US home.

“Growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, everybody would go there for holidays.

“It’s great to walk around and see the Lights, even though this time they won’t be on.

“Sightseeing only happens if I have a day off the next day. Last time I was in Blackpool, we did take a walk around and went up the Tower and did all that stuff.

“But without that, we’re in the car and driving on to the next venue. Even if it’s going to be 2am arriving, I don’t have to get up until 11 or 12 – better that than risk travel problems the next day.”

The tour will provide a bit of a welcome break from screen work for John, who’s been busy filming the third series of Arrow – based on the DC Comics’ character Green Arrow, in which he plays an enemy of the hero.

Although a fourth series has been commissioned, which takes the job into next year.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he explained, “especially after doing a scripted show at the moment, where I have to stick to the words.

“With my own show, I can go off on a tangent and be spontaneous and play off the audience.

“I can go more in depth.

“I’m constantly planning for the tour. I write it and put the show together musically and with the stories and 
everything – choreo, lights, sound, everything.

“I know the span of it, the outline, before I go into planning in detail. The songs I pick mean something to me and I have to gather stories around them, as well as songs which 
stir memories for the 
audiences to be interested.

“It’s coming together but changes on a daily basis as I hear different songs on my iTunes play list and think something would work better,” he added.

“It’s not just about putting a bunch of songs together. it has to build to a big moment at the end of each act and build vocally with steady growth.”

So what can fans expect from the Opera House show on Friday, May 29?

“It’s been two or three years since the last tour,” John said.

“I wanted to put out the new album and I have to go away and live again to get stories for the tours.

“People need to know they will be getting a good night of entertainment; fun, poignant moments, huge laughter moments and learning a lot more about me.

“I remember one guy at the last show, I saw him at the stage door. He said I didn’t want to come but I really enjoyed it – and that’s what it’s about.”

* John Barrowman, Opera House, Friday, May 29. Call 0844 856 1111 to book tickets.