JOHN RECENTLY HEADLINED A SPECIAL CHARITY GALA CONCERT IN WALES
John joined a host of Welsh stars at a concert at the Pavilion in Pontrhydfendigaid in Wales onto celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the pancreatic cancer charity Amser Justin Time on Saturday 28th October. The concert also starred Shan Cothi, Rhys Meirion, Gwawr Edwards and others.
JOHN APPEARED IN SOUTH PACIFIC IN CONCERT IN OCTOBER
John played the leading role of Emile de Becque in a concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical South Pacific at London's Cadogan Hall on Sunday 15th October. The concert featured a full orchestra under the baton of musical director Alex Parker and John was joined onstage by a cast including Rosalie Craig, Simon Bailey, Bradley Jaden and Jacqueline Tate.
JOHN SET FOR MORE LIVE SOLO SHOWS IN WALES IN DECEMBER 2017
Following the success of John's Wales tour in June, two more live dates have been announced for December.
John will appear at Y Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli on Thursday 7th December NOW RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY 29TH DECEMBER and at St David's Hall, Cardiff on Thursday 14th December. He will once again be joined by a full band under the direction of John Quirk and his special guest for both shows will be Beau Dermott (star of Britain's Got Talent ...."the girl with a million pound voice").
Tickets for Llanelli Y Ffwrnes are nowSOLD OUT Tickets are available for Cardiff St David's HallHERE
JOHN WILL PERFORM THREE INTIMATE CABARET DATES IN LONDON IN DECEMBER
John will appear London's intimate Crazy Coqs cabaret room at Brasserie Zedel just before Xmas as part of the venue's Live at Zedel series. He will perform three live shows over two nights in December after appearing there earlier this year "in conversation" with Mark Shenton (scroll down for details). Accompanied on piano by John Quirk, John will perform two shows on Sunday December 10th at 7pm & 9:15pm and one show on Monday 11th at 7pm. The 7pm shows are already sold out and there are limited tickets available for the 9:15 show so book now! Book tickets HERE
JOHN WILL PERFORM TWO CONCERTS IN BARCELONA IN DECEMBER
John will perform in Spain for the very first time when he appears in two concerts in Barcelona this December. He will appear in A Night on Broadway with Andrew Lloyd-Webber and the OBC - a concert celebrating the music of Lloyd-Webber with the National Orchestra of Catalonia. The concerts will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of December at L'Auditori in Barcelona.
Appearing alongside John will be Celinde Schoenmaker, Joanna Ampil, Geronimo Rauch andtwo choirs - Coral Sant Jordi and Cor Ciutat de Tarragona. The orchestra will be conducted by Alfonso Casado and directed by Mariano Detry.
JOHN WAS CLOSING HEADLINE ACT AT WEST END LIVE 2017
John took to the stage in front of 20,000 people at West End Live on June 25th. The annual event held in London's Trafalgar Square promotes musical theatre and West End shows and features the top names in British musical theatre. John was chosen this year to be the weekend's closing act following performances by Kerry Ellis, Ben Forster, Matt Cardle, Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs and the casts of shows such as The Lion King, Wicked, School of Rock, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. He was also drafted in last minute to present the show and co-presented the last two hours of west End Live alongside Claire Sweeney. After singing three songs he was joined onstage by Nathan Amzi, Trevor Dion Nicholas and Marisha Wallace for a rousing finale performance of You're The Voice by John Farnham, ending the weekend with a bang.
John's brand new album Bring Him Home: A Collection of Musical Favouriteswas released on June 9th.
The album is a compilation of musical theatre tracks from John's first three studio albums - John Owen-Jones, Unmasked and Rise - and each track has been remastered especially for this release.
Bring Him Home: A Collection of Musical Favourites contains two BRAND NEW tracks - Maria(from West Side Story) and Why God? (from Miss Saigon). As an added bonus, the album also features the song Suddenly(from Les Miserables - The Motion Picture) which was previously only available in Japan.
BRING HIM HOME - TRACKLISTING
1 THIS IS THE MOMENT
Jekyll & Hyde
2 THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
The Phantom of The Opera
3 WISHING YOU WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN
The Phantom of The Opera
4 TILL I HEAR YOU SING
Love Never Dies
5 ANTHEM (Featuring Only Men Aloud)
West Side Story
7 PRETTY LADY (Featuring Michael Ball and Bryn Terfel)
JOHN PERFORMED A NUMBER OF SOLD OUT SOLO CONCERTS IN WALES IN JUNE
After a string of hugely successful sold out shows to thousands of fans in Japan and South Korea, UK audiences finally got to see John perform the same exciting live show this summer when he toured Wales in June. He played four sold out dates across Wales to promote his new album Bring Hime Home: A Collection of Musical Favourites and was backed by a full band under the musical direction of John Quirk. He was also be joined for the whole tour by special guest Vikki Bebb and as an added bonus had extra guests for each venue! In Treorchy he was joined by Allegra Choir, in Aberystwyth he was joined by Cor Meibion Machynlleth, in Rhyl he was be joined by opera singer Rhys Meirion and in Blackwood was joined by a choir made up of students of the CBC Drindrod Dewi Sant Performance Course in Cardiff.
JOHN APPEARED IN LONDON IN THE SPRING OF 2017 IN THE MUSICAL "THE WILD PARTY"
John played the role leading role of Burrs in Michael John La Chiusa's "The Wild Party" at The Other Palace Theatre in London between February and April 2017.
The musical, with a thrilling jazz infused score by prolific composer Michael John LaChiusa and a book by writer George C. Wolfe, tells the story of a debauched evening in the company of Burrs and Queenie, two vaudeville performers in 1920's New York who throw a wild party to inject some life into their failing relationship. A crazy evening filled with colourful characters ensues but ultimately ends in tragedy...
Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie, the show was the inaugural production at The Other Palace Theatre (formerly St. James Theatre) which was recently launched by Andrew Lloyd Webber as a home for new musical theatre writing in the UK.
Appearing alongside John in the show were Tony award winners Frances Ruffelle (original cast of Les Miserables) and Donna McKechnie (original casts of A Chorus Line and Company) and an incredible ensemble of some of the best performers in British musical theatre today.
JOHN PLAYS LEADING ROLE IN BRAND NEW MUSICAL "TIGER BAY"
John recently created the role of John Crichton-Stuart,the 3rd Marquess of Bute in a tale set in Cardiff's Tiger Bay area. The show is an epic new musical set in the docks of Cardiff at the tail end of the 19th century, a time when coal was king. Filled with rousing music and a cast of unforgettable characters, Tiger Bay is a universal story of courage, reconciliation and love. Directed by Tony and Olivier award nomineeMelly Still and choreographed by Kenneth Tharp OBE, the show is a co-production between Capetown Opera and The Wales Millennium Centre. It rehearsed in Capetown in April and May with performances at the Artscape Theatre on 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th May. The show will transfer to the UK later in the year where it will run at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff for performances from 14th to 25th November.
With book and lyrics by Michael Williams and an original score by Daf James under the musical direction of David Mahoney (who collaborated with John on 2015's Broadway to the Bay concerts) the show promises to be a spectacular musical journey into the life of this vibrant area of Cardiff and it's melting pot of different cultures, at a turning point in the history of Wales and its people.
JOHN RETURNED TO PERFORM IN NORTH AMERICA IN SEPTEMBER 2017
After a successful stint on Broadway in 2016, John returned to North America to perform solo concerts for the very first time!
He made his debut appearance at renowned cabaret venue 'Feinstein's 54 Below' in Manhattan, New York City on 6th September 2017. The legendary venue is located on 54th Street in the heart of New York's Theatre district and regularly features the very best in talent from Broadway and beyond. This one-off event completely sold out and feature an introduction and guest performance by Broadway legend Donna McKechnie
On Saturday September 2nd, John headlined the sold out Gala Concert of the North American Festival of Wales in Rochester, New York.
The festival began in 1929 when over 4,000 people gathered at Niagara Falls for the first National Gymanfa Ganu. It became the largest gathering of the Welsh and their descendants in North America. The festival is held in a different location each year, in either the U.S. or Canada, on the shared Labor Day holiday weekend, and this year will take place in Rochester, upstate New York.
John appeared alongside the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir at the in the Performance Hall of Rochester's Hochstein School of Music & Dance. More information about the festival can be found HERE
JOHN APPEARED AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL, LONDON ON MARCH 12th 2017
John joined theatre critic and writer Mark Shenton for a special interview as part of Mark's West End Chat series. John spent a very enjoyable hour being interviewed by Mark about his life and career so far. To the delight of the sold out crowd, John finished the interview with a performance of Bring Him Home (of course!)
JOHN SET TO PERFORM AS PART OF FLOATING FESTIVALS LINE-UP
John will perform in concert as part of the musical theatre themed Stages Festival on board the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Navigator of the Seas next year. The four day Floating Festivals cruise travels from Southampton to Amsterdam between 15th and the 19th of October 2018. Other artistes in the festival include Michael Ball, Collabro, Beverley Knight, Sophie Evans, Lee Mead and Christina Bianco.
Tickets and more information on this unique experience can be found HERE
★★★★ “full of raunchy wit and rage and rue” The Independent
★★★★ “Gin, skin, sin and fun” Evening Standard
★★★★ “The entire cast thrills and chills” The Stage