Since Jason Donovan left the soap opera Neighbours in 1989 for a career in music, he hasn’t really looked back. The darling of daytime drama shifted seamlessly into a pop career and then into musical theatre. All this happened before his 23rd birthday, and in his latest show Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis, he admits that he was living the dream.
The pressure to succeed must have been tremendous but Donovan is a self-confessed workhorse, and the artist has toured in a non-stop stream of musicals and plays since. The 1990s were problematic however and Donovan talks candidly with interviewer Andy Richardson about his drug addiction and how he has overcome many personal demons.
Despite Richardson’s presence, Donovan has a tendency to ramble and wander off-topic but the banter is so good-natured, it’s easy to forgive. It’s a little more difficult to swallow the constant stream of nostalgia that may please fans, but lessens the impact of a show that’s ostensibly about personal growth and adapting for the present.
Ongoing issues with his voice limit the musical numbers but there are acoustic arrangements of Any Dream Will Do and Too Many Broken Hearts reminding us of the warmth and talent of Britain’s favourite boy from Oz.