Jason is an actor, singer, radio presenter and all round national treasure.
Jason Donovan came into our lives in the late 80s as Scott Robinson on the hit Australian series, ‘Neighbours’. Throughout 1988 and 1989 he had several hits and his album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ was the best-selling album of 1989. Since that time, he has rarely been away from stage or screen including leading stage roles in ‘Joseph’, ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Priscilla’ and ‘The Sound of Music’.
In the two years since we saw him make the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ final, he completed the ‘Strictly Live UK and Ireland Tour’, released an album, was interviewed by Piers Morgan for his ITV1 ‘Life Stories’ series, and was a mentor/judge with former Spice Girl, Melanie Chisholm, Dawn French and Andrew Lloyd Webber for the ITV1 musical talent show ‘Superstar’. In the winter of 2012, Jason was delighted to return to Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds – The New Generation, in the role of Parson Nathaniel.
In 2013 he revived his role as Tic in Priscilla and in 2014 starred in Annie Get your Gun. In 2015, Jason played Lionel Logue in the theatre version of ‘The King’s Speech’ and 2016 will see Jason take on his first tour in 7 years touring his 5 x platinum and bestselling album of 1989 ‘Ten Good Reasons’ – along with some of the other hits thrown in for good measure!! We represent Jason for all corporate, live, music, TV and radio enquiries.
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Jason Donovan (born 1 June 1968) is an Australian actor and singer. He initially achieved fame in the Australian soap Neighbours, before beginning a career in music in 1988. In the UK he has sold over 3 million records, and his début album Ten Good Reasons was one of the highest-selling albums of 1989, with UK sales of over 1.5 million copies. He has had four UK No. 1 singles, one of which was “Especially for You”, his 1988 duet with fellow Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue. He has also appeared in several stage musicals, most prominently in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the early 1990s.
Born in Australia, he now resides in London, United Kingdom.
Jason Donovan was born in Malvern, Melbourne, and is the son of Sue Menlove (now Sue McIntosh) and veteran stage and television actor Terence Donovan (who also appeared in Neighbours) who has English and Irish ancestry Following his parents’ separation and divorce, his father was awarded full custody of him in 1972 and brought him up on his own. Donovan has had no contact with his mother since the divorce. His half-sister is former Neighbours star Stephanie McIntosh. He attended De La Salle College Malvern.
Donovan’s partner since 1998 has been Angela Malloch, a former stage manager, with whom he has three children. Donovan and Malloch were married in Bali in 2008
Donovan was the subject of an episode of the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are? on 30 August 2010 in which he discovered he is a descendant of the pioneer William Cox, who built the first road across Australia’s Blue Mountains in 1814. Donovan confirmed he is Jewish through his maternal great-grandmother, Eileen Dawson (née Lyons). His great-great-grandparents Joseph and Rosetta Lyons originated from Whitechapel, London.
Terence Donovan – 28th October 1942 – Father.
Sue McIntosh – 1946 – Mother.
Angela Mailoch – Spouse.
Zac Donovan – 23rd March 2001 – Son.
Jemma Donovan – 28th March 2000 – Daughter.
Molly Donovan – 09th March 2011 – Daughter.
Stephanie McIntosh – 05th July 1985 – Half Sister.
JASON’S TRUTH’S HURTS ABSENT MUM.
Jason Donovan’s mother, Sue McIntosh, had the hide to complain this week that she had been betrayed by her son.
Yes, the very son she betrayed by walking out of his life when he was just four years old.
The former ABC presenter wails in this week’s Woman’s Day that Donovan’s biography, Between The Lines: My Story Uncut, painted an unfair picture of her.
“Jason has taken the dollars and had a good crack at people he does love deep down. I just hope in later years he finds it’s all been worthwhile,” said a devastated McIntosh.
Actually, I just hope in later years McIntosh will quit playing the victim and face a few uncomfortable facts.
The first being that when we make a choice, it comes with consequences. McIntosh chose to step out of her son’s life when he was just four and her decision hurt him deeply, and probably still hurts him now.
The second uncomfortable fact is that he’s perfectly entitled to say just how much it hurt him when he writes a book of his life, no matter how embarrassing it is for his mother.
Jason wrote how much he missed his mother in those first months and how “there is no question that her departure left me with emotional scars”.
“Why my parents couldn’t have put their differences behind them for the sake of their child still remains a mystery to me.” No wonder McIntosh found the words “hurtful” and a “cruel effort on Jason’s part”. The truth can indeed hurt.
McIntosh said she left the marriage because it was a horrendous situation and claims at first she took Jason with her but the four-year-old asked to return home.
Jason lived with his father, actor Terence Donovan, but that didn’t mean McIntosh couldn’t still have been a big part of her son’s life. Instead, she chose not to be in his life at all.
“I found the friction unbearable whenever I picked him up from his father’s place. It was distressing so I simply stepped out of the picture,” she said. And she stayed out of the picture for pretty much Jason’s entire life.
Of course, I understand that McIntosh was a mere 24 and, as she said, floundering, when she made her choice. And few of us have got through life without making mistakes. She even hints she wished things had been different.
“Looking back, I probably wasn’t tough enough,” she admits. But that’s a long way from owning up to the fact you stuffed up and copping the consequences of your actions. Instead of a sorry, we get excuses.McIntosh goes on and on about how her side of the break-up was ignored by Donovan.
“He thinks I’m a liar about why I left and that can’t be resolved until he is totally accepting of the truth,” she said. But who cares why she left? All that’s important is that a little boy’s mother upped and disappeared when he was just four years old. I’m pretty sure that’s what counts most to Jason and, no doubt, to many thousands of children who have seen mum or dad walk out of their lives.
So come on, who really has been betrayed here? The woman who abandoned her four-year-old son or the son who simply wrote how much it had hurt?
TELEVISION CAREER AND NEIGHBOURS 1980 – 1989.
Donovan made his first television appearance at age 11 in a guest role on the Australian series Skyways in 1980. In the episode, his on-screen sister was played by future Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue. He also appeared in the series I Can Jump Puddles (1981) and Golden Pennies (1985) before entering the cast of Neighbours in 1986 as Scott Robinson (replacing actor Darius Perkins, who had played the role for the first year of the series). His character’s story arcs included an onscreen romance and wedding to Charlene Mitchell (played by Minogue), and helped boost the show’s popularity with British as well as Australian audiences.
He won his first Logie Award for “Best New Talent” in 1987 and received a commendation in the category “Performance by a Male Actor In a Series” from the Television Society of Australia’s Penguin Awards. In 1988 he was awarded the Silver Logie for the “Most Popular Actor” on Australian television
In addition to his regular role in Neighbours, Donovan appeared as “Happy Houston” in the 1988 Australian World War II mini-series The Heroes, based on the historical novel by Ronald McKie. He won the 1990 Logie Award for “Most Popular Actor in a Mini-Series”
Donovan left Neighbours in 1989. Twenty years later, he said that he had been asked to return to tie in with the show’s 25th anniversary in 2010, but was unable to do so due to other work commitments.
JASON’S POP CAREER 1988 – 1991.
While he was still appearing in Neighbours, Donovan followed Minogue (who had already left the series by this point) in signing a recording contract with Mushroom Records in Australia, and with PWL in the UK. His first single, “Nothing Can Divide Us”, was released in 1988. Like Minogue’s material, it was written and produced by the production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. The single reached number five in the UK.
Donovan’s next single was a duet with Minogue. “Especially for You” was released in December 1988, and after spending four weeks at No. 2 in the UK, it hit No. 1 in January 1989. It was the fourth-highest selling single in the UK in 1988, and 17th in Australia for 1989.
His next single, “Too Many Broken Hearts”, reached number one in the UK in March 1989. He released his début album, Ten Good Reasons, in May 1989, which also reached number one (for three weeks). For two weeks, Donovan held the number one positions in the singles chart and the albums chart simultaneously, when his next single, a cover of Brian Hyland’s “Sealed With a Kiss”, entered the UK charts at number one.
In December 1989, he took part in Band Aid II’s version of “Do They Know it’s Christmas”, which also included Minogue, whose exit from Neighbours had by now been shown on screen in both Australia and the UK. His own exit from the show had by this stage been shown on Australian television, although it was not aired on British television until several months later.
Donovan released his second album, Between The Lines, in May 1990, again produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. Although the album reached Platinum status in the UK, it was less successful than his debut a year before, peaking at no. 2 and selling only a fifth as many copies. Five singles were released from the album, and although they all reached the UK Top 30, they also signaled a decline in his popularity. Between 1988 and 1992, Donovan garnered 16 Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
He embarked on an extensive world tour in 1990, The “Doin’ Fine Tour”. It covered the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, Australia, Singapore and other parts of South East Asia. The Dublin concert was recorded and released on VHS in 1990; and released on DVD in 2010.
Donovan continued to act alongside his pop career, and in 1990 he appeared in his first feature film, Blood Oath (released in some countries as Prisoners of the Sun).
STAGE CAREER AND THE FACE LAWSUIT 1991 – 1993.
In 1991, Donovan accepted the lead role in the restaged London Palladium version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed by Steven Pimlott. Donovan had his third solo UK No. 1 single with one of its songs, “Any Dream Will Do”. Donovan left the production in early 1992.
In 1992, Donovan launched a libel action against The Face magazine which had published allegations that he was homosexual. Donovan won £200,000 in damages and the magazine had to pay a further £100,000 in costs, but the lawsuit created a backlash with people accusing him of being homophobic
Although he had been a mild drug user who had smoked cannabis joints up until this point, in the months after his libel action Donovan began using cocaine
In a 2007 interview in the magazine Marie Claire and also in his 2007 autobiography Between The Lines: My Story Uncut, Donovan stated that suing The Face was the biggest mistake of his life.
Donovan moved to Polydor Records and released his third album, All Around The World (1993).
DRUG ADDICTION THE LAST BULLETAND CONTINUED MUSICAL WORK 1995 – 1999.
Donovan later admitted that by 1995 he had a serious drug problem, taking around two grams of cocaine a day. In early 1995, he attended model Kate Moss’s 21st birthday party at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, where he suffered a drug-induced seizure
Later in 1995, Donovan starred in the Australian TV film The Last Bullet with Koji Tamaki, directed by Michael Pattison, which was set in World War II on the Pacific island of Borneo.
In 1998, Donovan took the lead role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in the UK touring production of The Rocky Horror Show, where he met stage manager Angela Malloch. After the pair had a brief relationship, Malloch became pregnant and gave Donovan an ultimatum that he had to kick drugs once and for all if he wanted to be part of their child’s life.
In late 1999, Donovan stated that he still used cocaine, saying: “I still have a joint and I still take coke, but not as much as I did two years ago
Donovan states he has been drug-free since 2000, the year his first child was born.
FATHERHOOD MDA AND SWEENEY TODD MUSICAL 2000 – 2015.
Donovan’s daughter Jemma was born in March 2000. Since then, with his drug problems now under control, he continued to act on stage and television, and had a role in the medical-legal television drama MDA (2003–05), on Australia’s ABC network. Since 2003, Donovan has also lent his voice to the Buzz! series of quiz video games.
In late 2004, he was headlining in the stage musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. He finished his original run on 13 March 2005, but was then invited back from June onwards to play in the final two months of the show, until its closure on 4 September 2005. Following this, he has toured the UK performing a few gigs and returned to the stage in January 2006 to star in a UK tour of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. After this, he returned to Melbourne to star in David Eldrige’s Australian transfer of the London drama Festen.
VIRGIN MOBILE PHONE CONTROVERSY AND PARTICIPATION IN I’M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE 2005 – 2006.
In 2005, Donovan’s mobile phone number was circulated around the web in Australia, due to an image that was taken in Sydney. It appeared that Donovan was trying to sell his car, and unwittingly released his mobile phone number to the public. From 10 September, his answering machine had a special message on it, because he was frustrated by the number of calls he was receiving for no particular reason. Virgin placed advertisements in several high-profile Australian newspapers, urging people not to call Donovan, one of their customers.
Virgin Mobile has since admitted the photos were all part of a marketing ploy. Virgin also ran TV advertisements showing Donovan answering prank calls, asking the viewer not to call him, then displaying his number.
Donovan took part in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2006 and finished in 3rd place. While in the jungle, he became good friends with David Gest and Matt Willis. Donovan also took part in many Bushtucker Trials, which included wearing a helmet full of insects and playing a giant game of Operation. Donovan lost out on the King of the Jungle Crown to Matt Willis. However, during an interview on The Steve Wright Show on BBC Radio 2 (January 2008), he claimed that his appearance on I’m A Celebrity… had revitalised his career.
JASON RETURNS TO HIS MUSIC CAREER AND SOAP OPERAS 2007 – 2009.
Donovan performed a medley of songs from Joseph along with other actors who have played the eponymous role (Donny Osmond and Lee Mead) at the Concert for Diana in July 2007.
In early 2008, Donovan had a role in ITV’s post-watershed soap opera Echo Beach; the series was cancelled after 12 episodes. He also presented Sunday Night with Jason Donovan, a programme on The One Network of British local radio stations.
On 25 September 2008, Donovan performed in the canteen at the head offices of Tesco in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. He was promoting his forthcoming album, Let It Be Me, which was released on 10 November 2008. The album, his first for 15 years, reached No. 28 in Britain.
Also in 2008, Donovan performed at the Party In The Park in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
In 2009, Donovan performed as Tick (Mitzi) in the London stage musical production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre. Also in 2009, Donovan began appearing in television commercials (with Kerry Katona and Coleen Nolan) for the frozen food supermarket chain Iceland in the UK.
SOUNDTRACKS OF THE 80s, STRICTLY COME DANCING, SIGN OF YOUR LOVE, SUPERSTAR 2010 – PRESENT.
In September 2010, Donovan took part in the BBC television series Who Do You Think You Are?, tracing his family tree back several generations. Donovan’s fifth studio album, Soundtrack Of The 80s, was released in October 2010. The album is composed of cover versions of well known 1980s hits such as “Drive” (The Cars), “I Just Died In Your Arms” (Cutting Crew) and “Sign Your Name” (Terence Trent D’Arby) and several others. The same year, Donovan played the role of The Artilleryman in the 2010–2011 stage show Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. The show toured the UK and Europe, starting in November 2010 and finished in Germany in January 2011. Donovan also voiced the part of Toby the Kangaroo in the environmental animated film Animals United.
In February 2011, Donovan appeared on the BBC series Ready, Steady, Cook. Later in 2011, he performed on the Here and Now Tour, and also toured in a production of The Sound of Music playing Captain Von Trapp. The production co-starred Verity Rushworth as Maria. From September 2011, Donovan took part in the ninth series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing
He was partnered with dancer Kristina Rihanoff and finished third in the competition. Donovan presents a voice-tracked radio show on Heart each Sunday from 10am – 12pm.
In March 2012, Donovan released a new album of covers, Sign Of Your Love, which peaked at number 36 in the UK Albums Chart. In May 2012, Donovan was interviewed by Piers Morgan on the ITV series Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, in which he talked openly about his career, his past and ex relationship with Kylie Minogue, and his battle with drugs. During the interview, Donovan also admitted that he’d undergone hair transplantation to counteract his thinning hair. In Summer 2012, he appeared as a judge on ITV’s talent search show Superstar. In late 2012, Donovan again toured the UK and Europe in a new version of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, this time playing Parson Nathaniel.
In 2013, Donovan reprised his role as Tick/Mitzi in the UK national touring production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. On 5 May 2013, Donovan was heard narrating Pick TV’s budget version of Rude Tube, entitled Video Surf. Donovan revealed in January 2015 that he was invited to return to Neighbours for the show’s 30th anniversary celebrations, but he declined the offer, adding “it’s just not something I want to do”.
However, he agreed to take part in the documentary special Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015
Since 2015, Donovan has presented Jason Donovan’s 80’s Rewind (known as All 80’s from 2015–2017) on Heart Radio, which airs on Sunday evenings from 19:00 until 22:00.
In 2016, Jason Donovan toured the UK with his Ten Good Reasons and Greatest Hits Tour.
Sadly in August 2017, Jason fell unwell and had to cancel his amazing midlife crisis tour, This has now been confirmed the tour will begin in February 2018. Jason Applogizes for any inconvience caused.
Jason Donovan: How Donovan STILL can’t talk to ex Kylie Minogue 29 YEARS after split.
ACTOR Jason Donovan has spoken out about his heartbreak following his split with Kylie Minogue. The pair broke up nearly three decades ago but this is why he STILL can’t talk to his ex 29 years after their break-up.
Australian actor and singer Jason Donovan once dated pop sensation Kylie Minogue. The pair met as costars on the Ozzie soap Neighbours and dated for three years. Things ended when Kylie dumped Jason for INXS frontman Michael Hutchence in 1989.
Nearly three decades after the sensational split Jason is still sore. Kylie, 50, left Jason heartbroken following the explosive break-up, according to the 50-year-old. The dad-of-three told the Mirror he felt crushed after Kylie called him from Japan while he was in New York, telling him it was ‘over.’
She ditched him just weeks before she was photographed arm-in-arm with the INXS frontman. Jason said: “It was an extremely painful parting of the ways and, without doubt, I took a long time to recover from it. “Years, definitely.
“It was bad enough that she’d run off with anybody, but she happened to run into the arms of the greatest rock god of the period, the very guy who I secretly wanted to be. “That was a pretty big punch to take.”
Jason continued: “I’ve since bumped into Kylie quite a few times. “The break-up never comes up in conversation. We’re not close enough to get into that.”
The man who Kylie left Jason for, Michael Hutchence, tragically died at just 37-years-old in 1997. In the heyday of their relationship, Kyle and Jason duetted together on the hit 1988 song “Especially For You.”
Jason is currently touring the UK with his ‘Amazing midlife crisis tour’. He will be a guest on TV chat show All Round to Mrs Brown’s this week.
Kylie Minogue has been dating Paul Solomons, 40, since July last year. Kylie’s music career shows no signs of slowing down. She will be performing a string of UK stadium tours this summer.
JASON Donovan was once the king of the caners — but now he’s happiest settling down to watch Newsnight with a cuppa.
Stories of his outrageous partying were the stuff of legend.
Jason reveals he’s happiest settling down to watch Newsnight with a cuppa
On one infamous occasion the former Neighbours star passed out on top of Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson.
And in 1995, he suffered a cocaine-induced seizure at Kate Moss’s 21st birthday party at the Viper Rooms in Los Angeles and was rushed to hospital.
But those days are long gone for the married Aussie dad of three.
However he will be recalling some of his stories from the hedonistic 80s and 90s in his stage show — Jason Donovan And His Midlife Crisis.
Jason has worked with greats like Jack Nicholson
Jason has worked with greats like Jack Nicholson
He said: “I don’t really go out a lot these days, I’m quiet — I’m done with partying.
“I prefer once I’ve done a show to go home and have a cup of tea or glass of wine and watch Newsnight. It really is pretty boring!”
Jason was the ultimate 80s soap actor who dated Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue. Their soap wedding was watched by 19million viewers in the UK in 1988. He went on to have 16 hit singles, sell more than 30million records worldwide and appeared in West End musicals such as Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
More recently he has appeared on reality TV shows I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing.
Jason Donovan had Botox injected into throat to fix voice after axing tour
And he reckons now is the time to talk about his colourful career just before he turns 50.
Jason explains: “In the past I’ve either been too young, too busy or too dazed and confused to be able to make sense of my life. But now, on the eve of my 50th birthday and older and wiser — if a little weathered — I believe that I am finally in a position to put my life into perspective.
“I’m in a great place, surrounded by good people and don’t feel like I need to prove myself any more.
“The show is something I’m very proud of and I think it’s a little bit different for me. It’s important to have lots of little anecdotes and funny stories.
Jason reckons now is the time to talk about his colourful career
Jason reckons now is the time to talk about his colourful career
Jason suffered a cocaine-induced seizure at Kate Moss’s 21st birthday party
“So I talk about the fact I have had a Madame Tussauds waxwork done and about the people I’ve met.
“Like when I met George Michael in a locker room or Paul McCartney and his wife backstage at Wembley.
“There’s even a kebab shop in Bristol called Jason Donnervan! I’ve also been invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.
“That brought a unique opportunity for me to show off. I was walking among royalty and spoke to all these Australian TV networks.
Jason and Kylies soap wedding was watched by 19million viewers in the UK in 1988
“Then this car pulls up and it’s Hugh Jackman — everyone was totally disinterested in what I had to say after that!”
Chatty Jason says he can’t wait to tour Scotland — and never gets fed up of visiting.
He will play Glasgow, Dunfermline, Stirling and Livingston. He will also be gigging alongside Adam Garcia at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in November in The War Of The Worlds musical.
He said: “I’ve done a lot in Scotland and think it’s amazing. I’m a big fan of Billy Connolly. If that’s indicative of Scottish humour then I absolutely love it. He’s one of the greatest comedians to have walked this planet.”
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And Jason is open to a Still Game stint after becoming pals with Gavin Mitchell, who plays Boaby the Barman, after they worked together on musical Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert.
Jason added: “Gavin was a great guy. I’ve never watched Still Game but people talk so highly about it. Anything is possible and I’m up for that.”
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Jason Donovan is not taking part as a performer on PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT.
This is a tour not to be missed. Tickets are now available at:https://www.jasondonovan.org/tour-dates
The iconic musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is touring the UK! With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE and FINALLY!
Based on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.
Mark Goucher is joining forces with first time producer Jason Donovan to create a brand new production of the much-loved hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert . The show makes a perfect vehicle for Donovan to create a brand new production of the much-loved hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert . The show makes a perfect vehicle for Donovan to begin his life as a producer, having performed in the cast of the original West End production and two subsequent UK tours.
With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men , I Will Survive, I Love.
CURRENT TOUR DATES CAN BE FOUND AT:https://www.jasondonovan.org/tour-dates/
FURTHER TOUR DATES AND CASTING TO BE SHORTLY ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS IT BECOMES TO US.
Jason Donovan, 2018 Olivier Awards. The 50-year-old singer was accompanied to the event by Jemma, 18, and 17-year-old Zac, and proudly posed with the two teens as the trio walked the red carpet outside the Royal Albert Hall. Jason – who also shares daughter Molly, seven, with his wife Angela Malloch – was all smiles during the rare family appearance, and looked smart in a black tuxedo by Chester Barrie, teamed with a bowtie and patent shoes. Daughter Jemma was chic and stylish in a full-sleeved fitted black dress, which she paired with nude heels, a matching clutch, drop earrings and a silver cross pendant. Aspiring photographer Zac, meanwhile, opted for a dapper blue tuxedo with a patterned bowtie.
Jason Donovan attended the 2018 Olivier Awards with children Jemma and Zac
During the prestigious awards show, Jason took to the stage to perform Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – a production which he starred in for a number of years in the 90s. He recently revealed to The Sunday Post that his children are fans of his music, but confessed that Jemma and Zac “view me as ‘that 80s’ dude'”, adding: “Although they sometimes come to gigs, it’s usually me going to them for what to listen to. But Molly loves watching me perform Too Many Broken Hearts and really enjoys dancing to that at the end of a gig.”
Jason pictured with wife Angela Malloch and children Jemma and Zac in 2011
Jason and his wife Angela have been together since 1998, and were married in a romantic ceremony in Bali in 2008. They welcomed their third child together, Molly, in March 2011. Jason – who has battled drug addiction in the past – has previously admitted that he hopes his children learn from his mistakes. “My kids are very aware of what I’ve done in my life, or rather what I shouldn’t have done,” he said. “You can only lead by example, I educate my children to hopefully make the right choices. If they don’t I will support them along the way. I just hope that what they’ve seen through me, they can learn to take the good bits and hopefully looks back at the bad bits. No life is perfect.”
Jason Donovan admits he still can’t talk to ex Kylie Minogue about their split – 27 years on.
Jason Donovan is a doting dad of three and he couldn’t have be prouder of his eldest daughter, Jemma 18, after the teenager received her A-Level results last week. Jason revealed to his followers on social media just how hard she had worked for them in a poignant Instagram post. The former Neighbours star shared a sweet photo of the pair at their family home, and wrote besides it: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic it takes sweat determination and hard work. You smashed it today @jemma_donovan with your A level results. Beyond our expectations. So pleased for you. You deserve all the success in the world. Living the dream ….. love you soooooo much. Go for it !!!! Prouddad.
Ahead of sharing some of his most intimate moments, on tour, Jason Donovan speaks to The Argus about his career.
Your career has had so many different aspects to it from television actor, West End lead and pop star. Where as a performer do you feel most comfortable?
I think acting and music is where my heart lies, so musical theatre is a perfect marriage of that.
But I enjoy straight acting, and also singing with a band. Each discipline has different things about it that I enjoy, so I’m lucky to be able to do both.
Being part of Neighbours and the huge excitement around the wedding of Scott and Charlene must have seemed very surreal – were you prepared for the reaction?
My days in Neighbours were exciting, fun and although as cast members we did feel how popular it was at the time, it’s only the passing of time that has made me realise how significant the storylines I was part of were to people.
There isn’t a week that goes by where people don’t ask me about Scott and Charlene’s wedding, it’s incredible to think that people hold that memory so dearly 30 years down the line.
Your pop career saw you working with the Hit Factory of Stock, Aitken, Waterman. What are your memories of this?
Working with Stock, Aitken and Waterman was a fantastic experience and one that I’m very lucky and proud to have been a part of.
They are responsible for so many hits and the Eighties was such a great time for pop music.
I didn’t start out looking to be a pop star and to be invited into the music world was the start of a lifelong love affair.
More recently you’ve played the lead in Priscilla Queen of the Desert – with outrageous costumes, what attracted you to this role and are you a fan of the original film?
I turned down a role in the film and so then going on to play Tik for such a long time made me feel like Priscilla and I were probably always destined for each other at some point.
What are you most looking forward to with the new tour?
This tour will be unlike anything I’ve done before, there’s going to be some chat, some audience interaction, a few acoustic numbers and I’ve definitely got some surprises up my sleeve, Can’t wait.
Which artists have inspired you?
I love all sorts. I love U2. I love Peter Gabriel. I love Depeche Mode. I love Coldplay. I’m mad into Chainsmokers currently. I’m inspired by anything good really.
What has been your career highlight to date?
I’m so lucky, too many to single one out, but if I really have to choose one, I’d say having the best-selling album of 1989. That was pretty special.
How did you celebrate your 50th Birthday?
We had a nice holiday with the family somewhere warm and sunny. My daughter was also 18 in March so we’ve had a lot to enjoy.
Jason Donovan moves into theatre producing with new UK tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert September 2019.
Jason Donovan is moving into theatre producing and has teamed up with Mark Goucher to launch a new tour of musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Donovan starred in the show when it played in the West End and went on to appear in two UK tours.
Joining him and Goucher as producers are Gavin Kalin and Matthew Gale. It will be directed by Paul Kerryson, former artistic director of Curve in Leicester.
The tour kicks off in 2019, opening at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford on September 5. It then plays at venues including the Alhambra in Bradford and the New Wimbledon Theatre. The tour concludes at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, on November 30.
Donovan said: “Having spent years performing and always harbouring the desire to become more involved in the creative process, I am delighted to be joining Mark Goucher as producer on this wonderful show.”
He added: “Priscilla is perfect vehicle to venture into the world of producing and bringing all my experience on the show seems the logical next step. Priscilla is such a wonderful Australian story about diversity. It is a modern musical with a great heart.”
The show has choreography by Tom Jackson-Greaves, with design by Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound by Ben Harrison.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – the Musical review at Palace Lon
A Sydney drag queen accepts the offer of a gig from his ex-wife in Alice Springs. What follows is as much a journey of self-discovery as it is endurance, as he has to deal with the vicissitudes of his fellow artists, a temperamental bus and the prospect meeting his son.
Based on the 1994 movie, this stage adaptation takes the road-movie concept and translates it, fairly successfully, to the stage. Brian Thomson’s set is an awe-inspiring spectacle, incorporating glitter-ball sunsets and a life-size bus that moves around the Palace stage. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s outrageous costume designs mirror Thompson’s camp splendour, bringing to life a plethora of dazzling drag queens in all shapes and sizes.
From the ensemble Steven Cleverley and Wezley Sebastian get great opportunities to strut their stuff as the young Bernadette and Miss Understanding respectively, whilst Daniele Coombe and Kanako Nakano bring the house down, the latter garnering cheers of applause simply from her opening line. This familiarity with the source material is a mixed blessing, and director Simon Phillips ensures his cast milk every verbal and visual punchline dry. Thankfully this is counterpointed by some genuinely tender moments, particularly from Jason Donovan as Tick. Oliver Thornton makes a splendid Adam, joyously lip-syncing through Semper Libera whilst seated astride a ten-foot platform shoe that is strapped to a bus – surely a highlight on anyone’s CV. Ultimately the star of this show is Tony Sheldon as the classy, aging transsexual Bernadette. Playful, acerbic and glamorous, Sheldon imbibes Bernadette with a believable past and an equally plausible future with Bob, played by Clive Carter.i
This Australian show may have the capacity to rival the remarkable Mamma Mia!, but whether or not it has the staying power is another matter.
Since his big break in the Australian TV soap Neighbours, Jason Donovan (who has probably never heard of has become a household name. The talented and versatile performer has experienced international success as an actor and singer, combining the two to extend that success to the stage. He has come a long way from his early Australian upbringing.
Childhood and schooling
Jason Donovan was born in June 1968 in Malvern, Australia. His father Terence was an actor, while his mother Sue was a newscaster, though sadly they were to split while Jason was still young. His father was to get custody and became the major influence on a young Jason, often having his son with him on sets. However, away from the acting world, Terence Donovan wanted to make sure his son received a good education. This seems to have been appreciated by Jason, who initially turned down a role in Neighbours to play the part of Danny in order to finish his education. These early years had already given a hint to musical interests too, with Jason joining the Australian choir aged 5, and also taking piano lessons.
Neighbours – the big break.
In 1985 Grundy Television asked Jason Donovan to audition again for Neighbours, this time for the part of Scott. Playing alongside Kylie Minogue’s Charlene, this was to prove his big break in to the show business world. Their TV romance, concluding in a wedding watched by millions, cemented his place as a household name. Yet this was not his first outing alongside Kylie Minogue, both having been in Jason Donovan’s first TV appearance, when he was aged, 11 in the Australian series Skyways in 1980. In 1987 he picked up the Logies award for best new talent, before leaving Neighbours in 1989.
Music – the pop scene
Jason Donovan had already branched out to music while still in Neighbours. He originally signed for Mushroom records in Australia and PWL in the UK. His first single, “Nothing can divide us”, was released in 1985 and reached number 5 in the UK charts and was the first of many collaborations with Stock Aitken Waterman. In December of the same year he followed this up with the duet with Kylie Minogue that is still arguably the song people associate with him most. “Especially for you” was to stay in the charts for 14 weeks, and hit the top spot in January 1988.
“Too many broken hearts” was to become Jason Donovan’s first solo number 1 in 1989. This was off the debut album “Ten Good Reasons”, which also went to number 1 in the UK. Two more albums were released in the following years, before a hiatus of 15 years, when he returned with the album “Let It Be Me” in 2008. Although not repeating the success of that first album, they have all still featured well in the charts.
On to the stage
June 1991 was to see Jason Donovan make his West End debut in the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. It was a box office sell-out at the London Palladium and was also to bring him his second solo number 1 hit with the iconic song “Any Dream Will Do.” In 1998 he starred in The Rocky Horror Show, before returning to the Palladium in 2004 in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 2006 saw him star in Sweeney Todd and then in 2009 it was on to the Palace Theatre to play Tick in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a role he was to re-visit in 2013.
Away from the screen and the stage, Jason Donovan has had personal issues to face like anyone else. During the mid 1990s, after finishing his final appearances as Joseph, he had issues with drug use, though this was said to be over by the time his first child was born in 2000.
Before that, in 1992, he had taken out a lawsuit against The Face magazine after it had printed allegations that he was homosexual. Although winning the case, there was a backlash as he was accused by some of being homophobic, though he insisted that the libel action was only about the right to privacy.
During his time in the Rocky Horror Show in 1998, Jason Donovan met Angela Malloch, a stage manager. The couple have two children, and were married in Bali in 2008.
A return to the screen
After going in to the jungle for the 2006 I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here show, Jason Donovan starred in Echo Beach, though this was only to run for 12 episodes. Appearances in a variety of other TV shows followed, including Who Do You Think You Are, Strictly Come Dancing and Casualty. 2012 saw him take part in a very candid interview as part of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. Unfortunately for all the masses of Neighbours fans any prospects of a return seem off the cards, even as part of the show’s 30th anniversary celebrations, although he was to take part in a documentary special.
Jason Sean Donovan was born into a show business family in Melbourne Australia on 1 June 1968. His good looks and talent made him a natural on Australian TV. His first appearances on television there included as ‘I Can Jump Puddles’, ‘Skyways’ and ‘Gold Pennies’.
His big break came with the role of Scott Robinson in the primetime soap ‘Neighbours’ which turned him into an international star gaining every Australian major award including Most Popular Actor. The series went onto to become one of the highest rating shows in the UK which led to Jason’s huge chart success within the PWL Pop era. His debut album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ was the biggest selling album of 1989 with sales of 1.5 million including the duet ‘Especially For You’ with Kylie Minogue and ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ which contributed in the impressive world sales of 13 million albums and 4 UK No. 1s. Music was always a constant in Jason’s career and in particular he shone in his portrayal of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at London’s Palladium in 1991 reaching 18-month sell out run, number one single and best- selling soundtrack album.
In February 2018, Donovan will take to the road on a 47-date UK tour for his autobiographical show ‘Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis’. The ‘in conversation’ style show will be filled with stories, laughter and music spanning Jason’s amazing career.
The show will examine every aspect of Jason’s life, from where he began to where he is today as we revisit his past, present and future. Jason’s relentless enthusiasm and a refreshingly blunt compulsion towards honesty will reveal all about his rollercoaster life. The show will be a rare chance to get up close and personal with the star with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Jason will also perform some acoustic versions of his classic hits.
Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds Tour 2018, STARING Jason Donovan.
Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War Of The Worlds – Alive On Stage will star Jason Donovan, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Adam Garcia, Newton Faulkner, Nathan James, and Anne-Marie Wayne.
The arena tour, reaching the UK at the end of 2018, marks 40 years of Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds, based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale.
Jeff Wayne will return to the podium once again to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAbdubULLA Strings, with Liam Neeson retaining his role in 3D holography as The Journalist.
Stage and screen star Jason Donovan returns to the role of Parson Nathaniel, with Carrie Hope Fletcher playing his wife, Beth. Adam Garcia will debut as The Arilleryman, British singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will perform The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. Nathan James will play The Voice of Humanity, with Annie-Marie Wayne returning as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancee.
I am delighted to be re-joining the cast for this very special 40th Anniversary Tour,” Jason Donovan announces. “The War of The Worlds has such enduring appeal and its fan base seems to grow and grow. With each tour, the scale, the drama and the special effects get more and more exciting, so I can’t wait to see what Jeff has planned for this spectacular celebration!”
This year, the production is set to break the fourth wall, with a huge arched bridges running through the centre of the arena. This brings the action closer to the audience for a more immersive experience.
It will once again feature the iconic three tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine with real flame Heat Rays. Fans can also expect a 100 foot wide Animation Wall, groundbreaking levitation effects, and many more surprises.
“In June 1978 when my original double album was released. I had no idea if it would vanish as quickly as one can say… ‘ULLAdubULLA!’,” says Jeff Wayne.
But here we are today, celebrating its 40th Anniversary and seeing the newly re-mastered original double album sitting on top of the UK vinyl album charts.”
“And later this year I believe we’ll be performing the most exciting arena tour to date, with a most exciting cast, all of us getting ready to do battle with the Martians later this year.”
“No one would have believed…”
Jeff Wayne’s double album was originally release in 1978. It has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe, with over 15 million records sold and spending over 330 weeks in the UK album charts (to date), plus achieving two International hit singles Forever Autumn and The Eve of The War. It has been Top 10 in 22 countries and No.1 in 11 of them.
Nearly 40 years on – and based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds remains a firm favourite to millions around the world and has grown into a true classic, acquiring new generations of devoted followers.
The new production of hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, will tour the UK in 2019.
Theatre veteran Mark Goucher has joined forces with first-time producer Jason Donovan to create the new production. Tickets are now on sale for the show which opens in Dartford next September before touring venues across the UK and Ireland until November.
Jason Donovan performed in the cast of the original West End production of the musical as well as two subsequent UK tours.
Describing the production
as a “modern musical with a great heart”, he said: “Priscilla is the perfect vehicle to venture into the world of producing and bringing all my experience on the show seems the logical next step. It’s such a wonderful Australian story about diversity.”
About the musical
Based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, is about the hilarious adventures of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.
The musical will feature an array of costumes, feathers and dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally.
The new production comes from the team behind the UK tours of Hairspray; with direction by Paul Kerryson and choreography by Tom Jackson-Greaves.
Former Neighbours star Jason Donovan pays tribute to Scott Robinson actor Darius Perkins
Jason Donovan has paid tribute to former Neighbours actor, Darius Perkins.
The 54-year-old played Scott Robinson on the Australian soap before Donovan took over the role.
As reported by Australia’s The Herald Sun, Perkins passed away from cancer on Wednesday (January 2).
Taking to Twitter on Sunday (January 6), Donovan paid his own personal tribute to the original Neighbours cast member.
Never met Darius but always had great respect both personally and professionally,” Jason said.
“Sending love to family and friends. Peace brother, fly high high … rest in peace.”
Donovan isn’t the only Neighbours star to pay tribute to Perkins following the tragic news of his passing.
Also taking to Twitter on Sunday (January 6), Paul Robinson actor Stefan Dennis said he was “heartbroken” by his death.
The actors only recently reunited when Perkins returned to the Aussie soap in 2013 as a different character, acting the part of Paul Robinson’s dodgy associate, Marty Kranic.
Heartbroken…. just heard the news that Darius Perkins died on Wednesday,” he said.
“Rest In Peace, little brother.”
Neighbours executive producer, Jason Herbison, said in a statement: “Darius holds a special place in TV history as one of the original cast of Neighbours.
“We were thrilled to welcome him back to the show in recent years and remember him fondly. He had great stories to tell and was particularly warm and humble, leaving a lasting impression on everyone.
Gone too soon, our best wishes go to his loved ones at this sad time.”
Jason Donovan has enjoyed a very successful and varied career in film, television and theatre plus a record-breaking international solo career in which he made over 13 million record sales.
Most famous for his role as Scott Robinson in Neighbours, Jason won nearly every Australian award during his time on one of the country’s most successful drama series and the hearts of millions. He then went on to play a number of other roles in film and television including Heroes, Rough Diamonds, Sorted, Horseplay, MDA and The Sun, the Moon and the Stars.
Jason’s vocal career began in 1988 when he released Especially for You with Kylie Minogue and a debut solo album, Ten Good Reasons. Following the release of his second album in 1989, Jason became the biggest selling UK and European artist. In the same year he was voted Best Male Singer and Britain’s Best Album at the Smash Hits Awards. Jason has performed internationally to sell-out audiences of thousands.
In 1991, Jason triumphed in the West End when he starred as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Palladium. In 1998, he again drew sell-out crowds for his performance as Frank ‘N’ Furter in The Rocky Horror UK tour, during the show’s 25th anniversary. In 2014 he appeared in The War of the Worlds tour as Parson Nathaniel.
Jason is currently out on his Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour, which has been extended into 2019. In celebration of his 50th birthday and with plenty of juicy tales under his belt, this autobiographical show takes you through his life. Come enjoy hearing stories about Neighbours, Kylie, Ten Good Reasons, Joseph, I’m a Celebrity, Strictly and much more, along with some of the songs you know and love.
Jason Donovan has proven his enduring appeal as a pop singer and 80s heart – throb as one of the most successful singers in British history with world sales of 13 million albums and four UK number 1s. Following the release of his second album Between the lines, he became 1989s biggest selling artist throughput the UK and Europe.
Jason’s debut album Ten Good Reasons was the highest selling album in 1989 with sales of 1.5 million and was supported by SELL OUT shows in the UK, Europe and South-East Asia. The album featured the timeless chat-topping duet Especially For You with Kylie Minogue and a number one with Too Many Broken Hearts.
With his version of Sealed With A Kiss in 1989, Jason topped the charts again. It’s inclusion on Let It Be Me shows how his career has come full circle in the last two decades, combining a nod to his 80s hayday with nostaigic pop songs featuring great melodies and lyrics.
Music has always been a driving force for the singer but Let It Be Me is his first album release since 1994s, All Around The World and his Greatest Hits in 2006. In 2007 Jason admitted his past, struggles with drugs. Documented in his frank autobiography Between The Lines and has given his current work a NEW dimension.
His surprise ball marriage in May 2008 to his long-term partner stage manager Angela Maloch and the birth of his two children (at the time) Jemma and Zac have cemented his personal contentment which he feels relfcets in his latest progect.
Becoming a father has driven me and there is a focus to why I’m doing my work. The blonde blue-eyed kid that was looking for respect in the 80s and 90s has had to go though what I’ve been through to be able to earn it
In addition to his musical success, Jason’s TV film and musical theatre work showed his versatlily. Away from the spotlight he worked in his netive Australia in film progects including his first role as Private Talbot in Blood Oath staring Byan Brown and Russell Crowe and this was followed by the mini-series Shadows Of The Heart and Heroes. His first lead role in a movie came in 1994 production Rough Diamonds. Robert Osbourne of America’s Hollywood wrote: This gent’s got major cousin of Robert Redford or Brad Pitt.
He then co-stared in the movie The Last Bullet to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the ending of World War Ii then alongside Angie Dickinson in the drama The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, shot in Dublin in 1995.
But music was always a constant in his career and in particular he shone in his portayal of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium in 1991. The show was a box office smash and had an 18 month SELL OUT RUN it also spawned a number one single and a best-selling soundtrack album.
Jason continued to work constantly in the theatre and in 1996 received more plaudts playing the rogue knight mordred in the musical Camelot at the Covent Garden Festival.
Then in 1998 he landed another theatrical role as Frank ‘N’ Furter in a touring version of The Rocky Horror Show it was a hard grind and I was on the road for 18 months but that’s where I met Angela. She was part of the stage management.
In 2002 Jason moved to Australia so he could star in the series (MDA) Medical Defence Associates playing an attorney for ABC. He also filmed Loot again for ABC playing a forensic accountant to great acclaim it re-cormfirmed to me that when I put my mind to something I could make it happen. I’ve been 20+ years in the business and still working, ‘ I must be doing something right ‘.
Jason admits that performing has always been in his blood. He was born into a show business family in Melbourne Australia in 1968 and his good looks and tallent made him a natural on Australia TV. He stared in productions such as I Can Jump Puddles, Skyways and Gold Pennies.
His big break came together with co-star Kylie Minogue in the role of Scott Robinson in the primetime soap Neighbors which turned him into an international star. After 4 years he had won almost every major Australian award including Most Popular Actor, and the series went onto to become one of the highest rating shows in the UK.
Once enstbished as a celebrity in this country, Jason went on to have Hugh chart success under the mentoring of Pete Waterman and the rest, as they say was pop history.
For years I thought I wasn’t cool enough, That whatever I was involved in didn’t deserve respect he says. But ultimately it takes something like becoming a father to realise that there is no such thing as being cool. It’s just about being yourself. Respect comes with age and I celebrate my place in the 80s. I’m proud of it
Since returning to the UK in late 2004 he took the role of Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for six weeks, but was so popular he reporised the role for the shows final two months in 2005, And his appearance in ITVs I’m A Celebrity in Autumn 2006 cornfirmed that he was back on the radar again. He came third after David Test and eventual winner Matt Wills but it proved that there were still many Jason Donovan out there.
Since then he has been on screen in ITVs docusoap Echo Beach and now has a networked radio show on the Heart network Sunday evenings people re-discovered me on I’m A Celebrity. They’ve always been affecionate towards me in this country. There’s a cause for celebration that I can still go out there and sing my songs. I feel more confident as a singer than I ever have been. It’s a good place where I am sitting.
March 2009, saw Jason take up the role of Tick in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, which has been a massive box office success in London’s West End.
After ending an 18 month run in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert in June, JASON then went to Australia to rediscover his roots for BBC TV programme, Who Do You Think You Are.
His NEW album, Soundtrack Of The 80s Jason’s own tribute to great 80s music is out on Universal Records on the 11th October and in November will be taking up the main role in JEFF WAYNES WAR OF THE WORLDS European Tour.
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ABOUT JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
The “coat of many colours” returns to the West End, as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is set to play at the London Palladium for a limited engagement. The revival will mark 50 years since the concept album was first released, as the biblical story of Joseph as told in the Book of Genesis is told in musical form. With an iconic soundtrack with songs including “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door”, you’ll want to “go, go, go” and book your tickets now for what is set to be a show of epic biblical proportion!
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WHO’S IN IT?: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT CAST
Jason Donovan will return to Joseph to play the Pharaoh. After making his West End debut in 1991 as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, he was nominated for an Olivier Award for best actor in a musical and also had a chart-topping single with “Any Dream Will Do”. Donovan has starred in numerous shows including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Please note: Jason Donovan will not be performing on 13th July.
Sheridan Smith will play the Narrator in Joseph. The two-time Olivier Award-winning actress won her accolades for her performances in Flare Path and Legally Blonde, with other theatre credits including Funny Girl and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as television credits in Gavin and Stacey and Cilla.
Further casting for Joseph is to be confirmed.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Audiences enter the biblical land of Caanan and are greeted by Jacob and his 12 sons. As Jacob’s favourite son, Joseph is gifted a coat of many colours to the dismay of the 11 remaining sons. But, Joseph is later sold into slavery and thrown in jail. Prophesising seven years of famine, he is set to work preparing for the disaster, which later comes true. Left to face the world alone, Joseph is mercifully reunited with his brothers. But, his decisions put his brother Benjamin in peril, with all 12 sons having to work together in order to get their happy ending.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a sung through musical with the help of the Narrator, as the story in the book of Genesis is brought to the stage.
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Neighbours icon Jason Donovan’s 18-year-old daughter to join soap 30 years on
Jason Donovan’s daughter, Jemma Donovan, has joined Australian soap Neighbours.
Jemma Donovan follows in her father’s footsteps.
The 18-year-old actress is following in the footsteps of her father Jason and her grandfather Terence Donovan, as the third generation to join the TV show.
Jemma will be heading to Erinsborough in the role of Harlow Robinson, described as a “quick-witted and complicated character.”
The actress will be playing the character Harlow Robinson. Picture: Seven Network
Jason – who 30 years ago played Scott Robinson from 1986 to 1989 – said: “Neighbours is an incredible learning curve for any young actor.
“It’s become an institution and I’m so grateful for my time on Ramsay Street.
There are so many great memories for me looking back, and to be honest this is Jemma’s moment.”
Speaking about her exciting new role, Jemma said: “I was so happy and very honoured to be a part of a series which has been enjoyed by generations.
“The timing was also perfect because since my previous role on Spotless in 2015, I stopped going to auditions and acting because I wanted to finish my schooling, get my A levels and see what I wanted to do after that so it’s great how everything has fallen into place.”
Jason’s father, Terence Donovan, also appeared in Neighbours, playing Doug Willis several times from 1990 to 2016.
Jason Donovan played Scott Robinson on the Australian soap in the ’80s. Picture: Getty
Speaking of his father, Jason added: “My dad had a wonderful few years and I’m sure Jemma will also embrace the experience and honour the past.
“She needs to look forward, be an open book, learn from her experiences and have some fun. What an opportunity.”
Jemma will be joining her father as part of the Robinson family dynasty, but the show is keeping her storylines – and how she fits into the family – underwraps.
Jemma, 18, will be joining the Robinson family. Pictured here with actor Stefan Dennis who plays Paul Robinson on the show. Picture: Seven Network
Jason Herbison, Neighbours’ executive producer, said: “Jemma did a fantastic audition for Neighbours and her pedigree was an unexpected surprise.
“Jason and Terence are Ramsay Street royalty and it warms all our hearts to know there will be a third generation Donovan on the show.
“I’m excited to see Jemma carry the torch and make the character of Harlow her own.”
Jason Donovan found fame on the Australian soap in the 1980s, starring opposite Kylie Minogue.
The pair, who got married on the show and dated in real life, went on to release a duet ‘Especially For You’ 30 years ago in December 1988.
Jason had great success as a solo artist including ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’, which was number one in the UK in March 1989.
Jason Donovan will return to the West End for a new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, making us feel like it’s the early ’90s all over again.
Jason made his successful stage performance as the title character of Joseph in the 1990s, in an 18-month run which also produced a number one single and a huge soundtrack album.
The musical returns to its home of the London Palladium for a limited 11-week run from Thursday, June 27.
This time around however, Jason will play the Pharaoh.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical will also star Sheridan Smith as The Narrator. Casting for the role of Joseph has now been announced.
Jason said: “You never know the measure of a moment until it becomes a memory, and what a moment that was for me. Joseph was a ground breaker in 1991, and what a blast it will be to be back on the prestigious Palladium stage and be part of it all again with a brand new cast in this re-imagined 2019 production.
I’m looking forward to breathing new life into Pharaoh and I’m so relieved he doesn’t wear a loin cloth!”
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his 11 brothers. After being sold into slavery by the brothers, he joins up with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife.
While imprisoned, he discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon becomes face to face with the Pharaoh. As Joseph attempts to solve Egypt’s famine, he becomes the Pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.
Jason Donovan and Sister Sledge headline 80s Invasion Tour and you can get tickets now.
Calling all nostalgia fans, this is one gig you won’t want to miss
It was acceptable in the eighties, and it’s acceptable now. The ’80s Invasion Tour’ is back and this year’s line up is incredible.
A huge list of names including Sister Sledge, Jason Donovan, Martika, Five Star, Hue & Cry and The Fizz (formerly Bucks Fizz) have been to play, and you can get tickets from 05/04/19 at 9am
More names are apparently still to be confirmed, but the first seven have already got us all in a fizz. The twelve date tour will see some of the biggest acts of the decade tour around the UK.
With eighties favourites Sister Sledge leading the billing, disco fans are in for a treat. Famed for huge hits ‘We Are Family’, ‘Lost in Music’ and ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’, we challenge you not to site down.
For the lovebirds, Australian crooner, and Neighbours superstar will also be performing. Expect hits ‘Nothing Can Divide Us’, and ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ amongst many more.
A full line up, ticket links can be found at https://www.jasondonovan.org/tour-dates/
You can also expect to see Bucks Fizz now The Fizz, but maybe leave the velcro skirts at home?
The tour is perfect for anyone looking to revisit their youth, or just enjoy great music should pick up a ticket. Just don’t miss out.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 2019 Overview.
In celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will play at the London Palladium in summer 2019. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s deliciously colourful musical was last seen in the West End in 2007. This latest production boasts an entirely new cast and creative team, and runs for a strictly limited season from 27 June 2019.
The musical is based on the biblical tale of Joseph, son of Jacob, who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers after he receives the gift of a splendid coat from his father. The story began as a concept album in 1969 before receiving its professional debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1972. The show has been translated into a film, toured extensively and sparked a reality television series to find the next Joseph for the stage, all the while clocking up myriad awards. Not many people would fail to recognise the show’s most famous songs, such as “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door to Me”.
The lead role of Joseph is played by Jac Yarrow, marking his professional stage debut. Yarrow recently performed in the Arts Educational School production of Disney’s Newsies.
Musical icon Jason Donovan plays the part of Pharoah, 28 years after having starred as Joseph. The Australian singer and actor shot to fame on soap Neighbours, going on to carve out a music career which enjoyed four UK number one singles. Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.
Legend of stage Sheridan Smith plays the part of Narrator. Queen of the sitcoms, Smith became a household name thanks to her role in The Royle Familyand Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Her extensive stage credits include starring roles in Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic and Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre.
Many a household name has donned the multi-coloured coat to play the starring role, including Jason Donovan, Phillip Schofield, Darren Day and Gareth Gates.
The show is produced by Michael Harrison Entertainment, with direction is by Laurence Connor. Choreography comes from JoAnn M. Hunter, while the show’s design is by Morgan Large.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is surely the most famous living composer. Among the 13 musicals he has composed are The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock, but he has also written a Latin Requiem Mass, two film scores and more besides. He is the recipient of a plethora of prestigious awards and has been granted a knighthood.
Tim Rice is one of the most celebrated British lyricists and a frequent collaborator of Lloyd Webber’s. He too has received a knighthood and a great many awards for his work.
Catchy, vibrant and a classic through-and-through, you won’t want to miss Joseph when it runs at the London Palladium from 27 June 2019.
This show is recommended for Joseph and Jason Donovan fans.
If you love Jesus Christ Superstar or any of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s other classics, this show is not to be missed.
Jason joins the Australian production of Chicago!
Jason is heading to his hometown Melbourne to star in the next Australian production of Chicago.
Jason will be playing the role of Billy Flynn, the defence attorney who can win any trial and usually represents women who have murdered their lovers.
I am very excited about coming home to Melbourne this December to play Billy Flynn in a brand new production of CHICAGO. It’s a role I’ve always wanted to play since watching my father do such a great job with it back in the early 80s. Quite simply, I’m a massive fan. The music, the story, the choreography, the energy of the piece…just awesome. Possibly one of the greatest musicals of all time. Bring on the Razzle Dazzle at Arts Centre Melbourne this summer!”
“We are so privileged to have Jason Donovan join the cast in his hometown of Melbourne to be part of the legendary Broadway institution that is CHICAGO. Jason has truly shown he is a force on stage with his internationally successful music, TV, acting and stage career and we are so thrilled we get to bring him home to star in his very first musical on an Australian stage. He will join a stellar Australian cast who are all sure to bring All That Jazz and more to Melbourne’s Summer Musical”, said the producers.
Jason will star with Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Alinta Chidzey and Casey Donovan as prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.
State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne.
Australia from 14th December 2019.
Jason Donovan reveals he’d return to Neighbours – on two conditions
Let’s be honest, we’d all love a trip down memory lane by seeing Scott Robinson return to Neighbours… and it seems star Jason Donovan (who played him between 1985 and 1989) is up for it.
However, the actor has admitted he’d only be willing to return to Erinsborough on two conditions – and both are other rather well-known stars of the soap.
I’m certainly going to go out to the Neighbours set and visit [daughter] Jemma when I’m back, because I haven’t done that since I left,” Jason said (via News.com.au).
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“I always get asked about going back on the show — you never know, but at the moment that’s not the plan.
“I’d do it if Guy [Pearce] and Kylie [Minogue] said, ‘Let’s do a couple of days back on Neighbours’. It’d have to be done as a group package for it to have the right sort of feeling.”
Well, it would be nice to see Scott, Charlene and Mike back on the show. After all, it’s not like the stars have forgotten their roots.
For example, last year, Guy was challenged to return to the show and fight for Mike’s former love Jane Harris, and joked he may even grow back his mullet for the occasion.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, Jason paid tribute to original Scott actor Darius Perkins, who sadly passed away from cancer in January.
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).
A popular London-based, Australia-born singer and television, film and stage actor, Jason Donovan first found success in the Aussie soap opera Neighbors, before embarking on a prosperous music career. The child of actor Terence Donovan and TV presenter Sue MacIntosh, Donovan’s career has successfully run the gamut of show business, embracing soap opera, film, music, and theater, both in his native Australia and in the U.K.
Neighbors, one of the most popular shows in Australia and the U.K., brought Donovan, as well as co-star Kylie Minogue, to the attention of music producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman. They turned Donovan into a teen-idol and he had several hits during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Four Top Ten hits in Australia (including the number one duet with Kylie Minogue, “Especially for You”) paled in comparison to his U.K. successes, which included three consecutive number one singles — his debut album, Ten Good Reasons, peaked at number five in Australia.
The early ’90s marked a change of direction for Donovan as he took several parts in both film and mini-series including Blood Oath, The Heroes, and Shadows of the Heart. Stage musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Rocky Horror Picture Show followed, with the former role yielding the number one single “Any Dream Will Do.” 1993 saw the release of All Around the World, his first album for Polydor Records, but it would be his last studio effort for 15 years, as he shifted his focus almost entirely to acting. After starring in a host of musicals and television programs, Donovan resumed his music career with 2008’s Let It Be Me, a collection of cover versions of classic songs from the ’50s and ’60s. Another covers outing, 2012’s Soundtrack of the 80s, found Donovan tackling some of his favorite songs from that decade, but also included three original cuts.
~ Brendan Swift
Jason Donovan announces huge UK tour for 2020, get presale tickets today.
Iconic entertainer takes his show ‘Even More Good Reasons’ to 46 venues next autumn
Jason Donovan has announced a mammoth UK tour that will run from September–December 2020. Presale tickets for all shows are on sale now via Gigantic ahead of general sale on 9am on Mon 30 Sep.
Jason Donovan found fame in the late 80s as Scott Robinson in the hit Australian series Neighbours. The actor-turned-pop-star-turned-theatre-regular went on to have several hits in the same decade and his album Ten Good Reasons was the best-selling album of 1989 in the UK.
Jason Donovan’s well-known hits include ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’, ‘Especially For You’ (with Kylie Minogue), ‘Any Dream Will Do’, ‘Sealed With A Kiss’, ‘When You Come Back to Me’, ‘Everyday’, ‘Nothing Can Divide Us’ and many more. Since then he has been a screen and stage regular racking up credits in productions of Joseph, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, among a whole list of others.
The 2020 tour takes the performer to all corners of the UK to perform his most-loved hits. Presale tickets for the shows are available now. General sale begins at 9am on Mon 30 Sep.
VIP Meet & Greet ticket includes a signed program plus an exclusive VIP laminate, tote bag, keyring and a photocard for a pre-show meet and greet signing opportunity with Jason Donovan. VIP tickets are only valid when purchased in conjunction with a ticket for admission. VIP Meet & Greet timing and location information will be sent to VIP customers within the two weeks leading up to the event date.
Jason Donovan was born in Melbourne Australia in 1968. His talent and good looks made him a natural on Australian TV. He was 9 when he took on his first professional acting role.
His break came with the role of Scott Robinson in ‘Neighbours’ which turned him into an international star, gaining every Australian major award including ‘Most Popular Actor’. The series went onto to become one of the highest rating shows in the UK which led to Jason’s association and huge success with acclaimed producers, Stock, Aitken and Waterman. His debut album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ was the biggest selling album of 1989 contributing to impressive career sales of 13 million albums and 4 UK No.1 singles. Music was always a constant in Jason’s life, as was his passion for acting and theatre. This combination became a natural transition for what was to become one of his definitive roles – Olivier-nominated portrayal of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at London’s Palladium. This sell out 18-month run in 1991 produced a number one single and best-selling soundtrack album, and is still known for being one of the most successful revivals of all time.
Jason has gone on to star in The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Priscilla, Annie Get Your Gun, Sound of Music, The King’s Speech and Million Dollar Quartet. On television he has featured in I’m A Celeb (2006) and Strictly Come Dancing (2011), Who Do You Think You Are (2011), ITV’s Superstar (2012) and Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (2012). He also appeared in ITV’s drama ‘Echo Beach’ (2008).
In 2016 Jason embarked on his Ten Good Reason’s tour, his first for 8 years. Jason played 44 sold-out dates throughout the UK and a plethora of 80s festivals in the UK and Europe over the summer.
In Feb 2018, Jason embarked on his ‘Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour’ including 5 sold out nights at the Edinburgh Festival. During a break in December 2018, he found time to reprise his role of Parson Nathaniel for The War Of The Worlds 40th Anniversary Tour. This year finds Jason co producing Priscilla Queen of the Desert Tour, a behind the scenes role for him this time.
In spring 2019, he completed his Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour after 110 dates around the UK and in this summer, returned to Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s production of Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium playing the role of ‘Pharaoh’ alongside Sheridan Smith who took the role of ‘The Narrator’.
In December 2019, Jason will travel to his hometown Melbourne to star in the next Australian production of Chicago. He will play the role of Billy Flynn, the defence attorney who can win any trial and usually represents women who have murdered their lovers.
Jason has just announced he will be hitting the road in autumn 2020 for his first musical tour in four years. The 52 date tour, titled ‘Even More Good Reasons’ will see Jason and his band play in cities all over the UK & Ireland starting in September through to December. Ticket details can be found Jasondonovan.org
Jason will make his pantomime debut as The Evil Ringmaster in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Birmingham Hippodrome alongside Birmingham panto favorite Matt Slack.
Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks’ circus is under threat from an evil rival circus owner and, with the help of their madcap circus friends, they’re battling to rescue their Big Top from ruin. Will they succeed? All seems lost until three brilliant bears join the gang…
Featuring sets and costumes direct from The London Palladium, Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be packed with riotous comedy, extraordinary special effects, hair-raising stunts and international circus acts.
Roll up, roll up to see panto join the circus, and be swept away by Birmingham Hippodrome’s must-see festive extravaganza, the panto that’s just right!
Jason will be performing from 19th December 2020 to 31st January 2021.
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