Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

John Partridge; FINAL SAY Actor, Dancer and Presenter, 44

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

John Partridge; FINAL SAY Actor, Dancer and Presenter, 44

Article excerpt

As my mum says, I've always been a greedy kid and I love it all.

I am first and foremost an actor and performer. I will always desire that. But as you get older, it does get more tiring.

My career has been very organic. I came from classical ballet into commercial musical theatre into television.

I've never had a five-year plan. Everything that has come to me has come at a particular moment in my life and I'm hoping that continues.

I play Billy (Flynn) as a real showman.

I do have a slight costume change in Razzle Dazzle, which no one has worn in the UK and only two people have worn in the US - Patrick Swayze and Usher. I will take that.

For me and the sort of performer I am, Billy is all singing, all dancing, all razzle dazzle.

It's a great time to be with Chicago. It's the 20th anniversary of this particular revival. It feels really exciting.

There is nothing better than standing on stage in front of a packed house and feeling that love from the audience. It's wonderful.

There's always pressure - whatever you do.

Of course you feel with this show that you are a caretaker. There is a sense of legacy with a musical like Chicago and we take that very seriously.

I was asked to play the part in 2010 and I turned it down. I didn't feel that I had the maturity for the role. Then, guess what? I got old.

You get a much different reaction on the road than you do in the West End. You have a lot of tourists coming down there. You often get a warmer reaction.

My husband and I love Newcastle. It's a vibrant city. We've got a couple of pieces of modern art which we bought the last time we were there and they hang in pride of place.

I'm a northern lad, so I'm always going to say the northern audiences are the best.

Getting an instant reaction is what I love about theatre in comparison to TV. You know straight away if you're doing a good job.

It's always nice to go back and see everybody at Eastenders. …

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