Tonight’s (March 20) musical splicing of the worlds of Supergirl and The Flash is exciting enough, but no one is more excited than John Barrowman.
Hey, hang on a sec. Us? Calling the former Captain Jack excitable? Never!
But in a recent interview the larger-than-life star confessed to getting a teensy bit carried away when he heard they’d be making a musical version of the show.
“I thought immediately, ‘I really hope I can be a part of it,'” he told Entertainment Weekly, “and then I put forward the feelers out to Warner Brothers, to CW, everybody.”
John of course plays Malcolm Merlyn, a.k.a The Dark Archer, a character most notably seen in The Arrow, but who has also popped up in other shows in the so-called Arrowverse, such as The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
And then there’s Torchwood, where Captain Jack Harkness’s wormhole-surfing adventures meant he was liable to turn up when and where he was least expected.
None of that guaranteed he’d get a call-up for the big musical number, though, but, as we all know, our John is not one to let anything get in the way of an opportunity.
“I hadn’t heard anything, and I just basically then said, ‘I think you would be daft or stupid not to have me in this. Really.’ But they planned on it all along and so they then came and said, ‘You’re going to do this, you’ll sing this song, and you’ll be in the big dance number.’ And I was like, ‘This is awesome!'”
Hooray! A Happy ending. It turns out, however, that there is at least one thing John isn’t super-confident about, and that’s dancing.
Talking on the set of the musical episodes, he said: “I was very nervous this morning. So that’s why I came in early. I worked a little bit before everybody came in. I did my thing and then I felt a little more comfortable.
“Normally, when I do a musical like on stage in the West End or if I’ve done on Broadway, if I’m playing the lead, I set up with the choreographer that I have a few days before everybody comes in just so I know what I’m doing a little bit. I can make it look like I’m rehearsing, but I kind of know the stuff. But this? I was… no.”
The musical episodes are something of a Glee reunion, what with The Flash‘s Grant Gustin and Supergirl‘s Melissa Benoist both being alumni of the musical comedy.
Not only that, but Glee‘s Darren Criss will feature in the crossover, playing a character called Music Meister, who traps both Barry (a.k.a. The Flash) and Kara (Supergirl) in a “musical coma”.
Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect:
The musical begins tonight (March 20) with an episode of Supergirl, with a follow-up episode tomorrow (March 21) during The Flash‘s slot on The CW.
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