John and Carole Barrowman's "Torchwood: Exodus Code" Due in September
By Andrew Gans
John Barrowman, who will return to U.K.'s Clyde Auditorium in December for the holiday pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, has joined forces with his sister, Carole Barrowman, for a thriller entitled "Torchwood: Exodus Code."
The new tome will be released in the U.K. Sept. 13 from BBC Books. Amazon is currently accepting pre-orders; the book will be available in print and audio-CD editions.
"Torchwood: Exodus Code," according to press notes, is described as such: "It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice – the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left. Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he's uncovered evidence of alien involvement. In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him – but she's quickly becoming a victim of the madness too."
The two Barrowmans have previously collaborated on two volumes of John's autobiography ("Anything Goes" and "I Am What I Am"), a comic strip adventure with Captain Jack in the official Torchwood magazine and a fantasy children's novel, "Hollow Earth."
John Barrowman is best known for creating the role of Captain Jack Harkness in the first series of Russell T. Davies' revamped "Doctor Who" for BBC TV, from which his own spin-off series, "Torchwood," was created. He has also appeared in series 3 and 4 of "Doctor Who." The singing actor has also been seen as a judge on BBC1's reality TV casting shows "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," "Any Dream Will Do" and "I'd Do Anything" and was a celebrity skater on the ITV show "Dancing on Ice."
Prior to La Cage aux Folles, he was last seen on the West End musical theatre stage doing a stint in Chicago as Billy Flynn in 2004, and prior to that was seen at the National as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes (a role he had previously taken over in the previous West End revival at the Prince Edward Theatre, opposite Elaine Paige, in 1989). He also appeared as Dumaine in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost during his National Theatre season, and subsequently made his West End straight play acting debut in A Few Good Men at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in 2005. Among his other numerous West End credits are Matador, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, The Fix (Olivier-nominated for Best Actor in a Musical), Hair and Sunset Boulevard. On Broadway, he has appeared in Sunset Boulevard and Putting it Together.
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