This Autumn, Donovan will take to the road on UK tour for his autobiographical show Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis.
The ‘in conversation’ style show will be filled with stories, laughter and acoustic music from Jason, spanning his interesting life and career.
Tickets for the tour are on sale at Buxton Opera House Box Office on Friday the March 24 via http://www.jasondonovan.com
During the show Donovan’s self-effacing, mercurial story telling examines every aspect of his life, from the ‘teen heart throb’ days to his wild times and search for more meaning in his life – all wrapped up in a witty and entertaining show. The event is a rare chance to see Jason up close and personal, with the star welcoming questions from the audience and performing acoustic versions of his classic hits.
Jason said of his tour: “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 fiftieth birthday – and older and wiser, if a little more 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”.
He was the ultimate 80s heart-throb who commanded an audience of 22 million in ‘Neighbours’, dated Kylie and went on to score no fewer than 16 hit singles, sell over 30 million records worldwide and appear in a series of hit West End musicals. But at the time, it didn’t make him happy…
Pigeon-holed and marginalised as a teen heart throb and family entertainer, Donovan’s desire to shake-off his heart throb image and be cool and credible resulted in him famously collapsing during a cocaine fuelled binge at Johnny Depp and Kate Moss’s party and passing out on top of Jack Nicholson.
Meeting his wife and the subsequent birth of his children forced Donovan to re-evaluate his life. He reinvigorated his career on reality TV programmes I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing.
Eventually Jason re-found his love of performing with leading roles in Sweeney Todd, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Rocky Horror Show and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds, The Sound of Music, and Annie Get Your Gun. He also toured the UK in the highly acclaimed play The King’s Speech.
Now aged 49 ½ and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, Donovan’s autobiographical show takes the singer’s looming 50th birthday as its starting point and zigzags back and forth through a life in which becoming a heart-throb at 18 and falling from grace at 27 plays only a tiny part.
Jason commented: “My dad always said to me, the secret to a long and happy life is not to take it all too seriously. I’ve been on the edge, pushed my life to the extreme and come back from it which has actually made me stronger and made me realise what I don’t want to do with my life.
“I think perhaps the key to a good life is keeping a balance both physically and mentally and the realisation that success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success”
Jason Donavon will be at Buxton Opera House on Monday November 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £28 and on sale at 10am on Friday 24 March. Call Buxton Opera House box office on 01298 72190 or visit http://www.buxotnoperahouse.org.uk