John Owen-Jones - Maria
In November, John returned to Les Miserables in the part of Jean Valjean for the show’s Dubai premiere. After a successful run at the stunning new Dubai Opera, John returns to the UK and releases a new single ‘Maria’ which fans have asked him to record. This will be one of two new tracks to feature on a ‘Best Of…..’ album later in 2017.
John says “West Side Story was the first musical I ever appeared in and I have always loved this song. I’m delighted that it has been requested by fans too so I’ve had twice the reason to record my very own version”
Also in November, The Wales Millennium Centre announced the world premiere of ‘Tiger Bay’, a brand new Welsh musical in association with Cape Town Opera. This new show takes you back to the dawn of the twentieth century at the height of South Wales’s coal trade. The role of John Stuart, Third Marquess of Bute, will be played by John Owen-Jones. This major new production will play at Cape Town Opera in May and at the Cardiff WMC in November 2017
The National, Dubai ……….John Owen-Jones, who has played Jean Valjean in London, New York and Paris, mesmerised the audience with his crystal-clear voice. It appeared that the audience would not stop applauding after his moving version of Bring Him Home……(17 Nov 2016)
At just 26, John became the youngest actor ever to play the role of ‘Jean Valjean’ in the West End and was the first British actor to play the role both in the West End and on Broadway. John Owen-Jones played ‘The Phantom’ in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in 2015, finishing end of January 2106. He has played the role more times than any other actor in the West End production’s history.
John has released three albums, ‘RISE’ in 2015, ‘Unmasked’ in 2011 and ‘John Owen-Jones’ in 2009
15 June Treorchy Parc and Dare 08000147111 / rct-arts.org
16 June Aberystwyth Arts Centre 01970623232 / aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
17 June Rhyl Pavilion 01745330000 / rhylpavilion.co.uk
20 June Blackwood Miners Institute 01495227206 / blackwoodminersinstitute.com
2 September North American Festival of Wales, Rochester, NY, USA
18/28 May Tiger Bay Musical, Cape Town Opera, South Africa
12/25 November Tiger Bay Musical, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff