BROADWAY and West End star John Owen-Jones performed at Theatr Ffwrnes on Wednesday (Oct 3).
The start of the show was slightly delayed due to the traffic problems between his home town of Burry Port and Llanelli. Mid way through the show John joked that it had been a four hour drive to get to the theatre.
Despite the traffic misery he made his entrance in front of a near capacity audience at the theatre walking on to the stage to loud applause.
Those who had made it albeit late in some cases did not miss a thing as John held up the start to make sure those who had paid got the full John Owen Jones (JOJ) repertoire and what a repertoire it was.
He gave what most of his fans have come to expect. A moving, intimate and powerful performance with all the hits, the classics from musicals Les Mis and The Phantom of the Opera and songs from his upcoming new album.
He shared a number of jokes throughout the performance and engaged with the audience about his love of his home town, the support of his parents and his rise to stardom.
Special guest singer for the night was 16-year-old Elan Catrin Parry. You could hear a pin drop inside the 500 seater venue with the audience in awe of her superb vocal ability as she sang in both Welsh and English.
After the interval, John and the band returned and without any hesitation went straight into ‘Love Changes Everything’,
By now Theatr Ffwrness was in full JOJ and JOYO mode. Hit after hit sung as only he can kept the audience clapping and cheering for more. He went on to perform hit songs such as ‘Gravity’, ‘Tell my Father’ and ‘I Dreamed a Dream’.
As John and the talented backing band walked off the stage they received a well deserved standing ovation followed by deafening calls for ‘more’ from the audience. Their cries were not ignored and resulted in a final two songs, the anthemic ‘Bring him Home’ and the unofficial Welsh national anthem ‘Delilah’ to wrap up what had been a high quality evening of live music.
John will continue his Welsh tour with upcoming dates in Colwyn Bay, Brecon and Carmarthen.