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Sunset Boulevard

John as Joe Gillis

Adelphi Theatre, London
Minskoff Theatre, New York
Role: Joe Gillis

In 1994 John was cast to play Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley as Norma Desmond in the lavish Andrew Lloyd Webber production Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi Theatre.

Based on the Billy Wilder film of the same name and with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, Sunset Boulevard follows fading star, Norma Desmond, as she tries to recapture her earlier fame and return to the big screen.

After Betty left the show, John was asked by Elaine Paige, who took over the role of Norma and who had been his co-star in Anything Goes, to stay on as her leading man.

In 1996, while starring in the primetime US television series Central Park West for CBS. John rejoined his first Norma, Betty Buckley, to reprise his role of Joe and make his Broadway debut at the Minskoff Theatre.

Press Review

John Barrowman made a dazzling Broadway debut with his ten-performance guest appearance in the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard ... Filling every minute of his stage time with interesting and often surprising detail, supplying previously absent edge and star power, Barrowman made most of the lines sound as if one had never heard them before. He is also a fine singer and movie-star handsome. ~ Ken Mandelbaum, Theater Week 11 March 1996